Gamm Theatre's Managing Director Resigns
Leon Boghossian III, president of the board of directors of The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (The Gamm), announces the resignation of Managing Director David M. Wax.
Wax has led the non-profit theater company through a period of transition and growth. A seasoned professional with vast experience leading arts institutions including the Houston Symphony and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Wax had been retired and serving as Gamm board president in June 2012 when the theater's then-executive director resigned. Wax initially assumed his role on a temporary basis but later agreed to a permanent position. Over the past two years he has helmed the organization through its most successful seasons yet.
"When I was asked to assume the role of board president, I was assured that I would have plenty of support from our managing director. Without a doubt, David and his devotion to our theater did not let me down," Boghossian said. "He has been the cornerstone of The Gamm's administrative successes of the last two years, and without him we would have been lost. I am personally indebted to David for everything he has done for us and for me. He will be greatly missed."
Wax commented, "It had always been my intention, and that of the board, that my tenure as managing director be relatively short, with the aim of providing continuity to The Gamm during a period of continued artistic growth and increased importance of fiscal stability. With the positive completion of the most recent fiscal year, the time is right for me to return to retirement. It has been a great joy for me to work with the dedicated Gamm Board and the extremely committed staff. It has been a particular pleasure to work with Tony Estrella, who combines acting, directing, writing and especially strong artistic leadership and, most of all, is an extraordinary human being."
Artistic Director Tony Estrella, who worked side-by-side with Wax for the past two years, said he will deeply miss their partnership.
"David agreed to jump in and roll up his sleeves when we needed him most. Collaborating with David for two years has been a personal pleasure and a professional privilege. His experience, leadership and grace under pressure have taught me much and have been instrumental in delivering our two strongest seasons yet. David's work off stage has given us the ability to make leaps and bounds where it counts the most, in front of the audience," Estrella said. "The entire organization, from the board and the staff to the artists and technicians, will dearly miss his day-to-day presence. David's leadership leaves us stronger and poised for continued success. He will always remain an integral part of the Gamm family."
The Gamm has initiated a search for a new managing director. To ensure a smooth transition, Wax will continue working as managing director until his replacement is hired.