Jeffrey Herrmann has been named Seattle Rep’s incoming managing director, effective July 1, 2014. He will succeed departing managing director Benjamin Moore, who has led the organization for 28 years.
Herrmann will leave his post as managing director for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, having led the Washington, D.C.-based theatre since 2007. During his time in D.C., he oversaw 18 world premieres, a 100-percent increase in the operating budget, the execution of a $4 million artistic capital campaign and the purchase of Woolly’s award-winning theater facility.
Prior to joining Woolly Mammoth, Herrmann served as producing director for eight years for Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska.
Herrmann grew up in West Hartford, Conn., and received his bachelor’s degree in English at Vassar College and his master’s degree in theater management at the Yale School of Drama.
Prior to his enrollment at Yale, he served as managing director of the Albany Berkshire Ballet in Pittsfield, Mass. During his time at Yale, he worked at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and as associate managing director of the Yale Repertory Theatre.
Herrmann currently serves on the board of Dog & Pony DC, and he previously served on the boards of the Foraker Group and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation.
He has served as a panelist for the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts and Theatre Communications Group.
Herrmann has taught arts administration at the University of Alaska Southeast and currently teaches in the graduate arts management programs at both George Mason University and American University.
He has also worked as a sound designer on multiple productions at Perseverance Theatre and, most recently, at Georgetown University, 1st Stage and Washington Shakespeare Company.