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Huntington Theater Company director resigns amid internal turmoil

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The director of the Huntington Theater Company, Vivian Mack, has resigned amid internal turmoil in the company, the troupe announced Tuesday.

Ms. Mack, who has directed more than 50 plays at the Huntington over her tenure, has been criticized by some staff members for a number of decisions, one said.

In a letter to the theater’s board, Ms. Mack thanked the company for its support and pointed to “personal issues” she did not elaborate on. Her name was removed from the organization’s website and posted Monday night.

“I’m grateful for the support I’ve received from many people,” she wrote in a statement. “Through the past year, I’ve had a unique opportunity to work on what I consider to be the most groundbreaking play, ‘Black KkKlansman,’ and I look forward to a new season of acclaimed work in the very near future.”

Her resignation comes as the Huntington’s executive director, Carol Barrow, who has been with the organization for 16 years, announced plans to resign.

Board Chairman Brandon Roberts, in a statement announcing the organization’s vice president of production and current artistic director, Patrick Jones, has taken over on an interim basis.

Mr. Roberts said “this new leadership team will implement plans to rebuild the Huntington.”

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