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John Alexander to step down as Diversionary Theatre's executive director

SAN DIEGO --John E. Alexander will step down from his post as executive director of Diversionary Theatre, effective Nov. 3.

Alexander will then continue as needed to consult with the board on the transition, finalize the nearly complete 2014 season, and assist with a long-range planning project currently under way.

"We are very grateful for John’s vision, passion and leadership over the past 2 and ½ years," said Matthew Thomason, board president. "While disappointed he is not able to remain with us longer, we are appreciative of the many lasting contributions he has made to the growth and professionalism of our theater."

Alexander is the latest in a string of executive level departures at local nonprofit organizations over the last year, including John diMiranda from Stepping Stone; Tony Freeman from the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation; Benny Cartwright from the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus; Dwayne Crenshaw from San Diego Pride; Tom Luhnow from the Greater San Diego Business Association; and Benjamin Nicholls from the Hillcrest Business Association.

Alexander did not announce specific career plans once he completes his duties at Diversionary, but said that he and his husband will stay in San Diego and devote time to several personal projects.

Alexander takes particular pride in expanding Diversionary’s focus on developing new works.

“It’s fitting that my ‘finale’ at Diversionary is the opening of She-Rantulas from Outer Space – in 3D!, a completely new play written by local artists,” he said. “Enabling the creative teams behind the new works Harmony, Kansas; when last we flew, Learn to Be Latina, Miss Kitty’s Wild West Revue - as well as other Cabaret acts and shows in development - is why I took this job. These shows (along with Yank!, Dear Harvey and The Daddy Machine before my time) are some of the most successful shows artistically and financially for the company. I hope Diversionary patrons and leadership will continue to grow the Theatre’s capacity to tell new stories of the LGBT community in increasingly entertaining, exciting and wide-reaching ways.”

Thomason added, “Additionally, John has been instrumental in helping build the strong Board that will help make this transition as smooth as possible. The ten outstanding community volunteers I work with on our Board have the knowledge, skill-set and commitment to navigate us through this transition and build a strong Diversionary for the future.”

Effective immediately, day-to-day management will be overseen by the board's Executive Committee until the search for a new full-time executive director gets under way. The interim management team consists of board leaders Thomason, Darrell Netherton, Todd Nelms and Brian Zotti. Additionally, several other trustees will take important leadership roles in marketing and fund raising efforts, supporting the current Diversionary staff and creative teams.

For more information about Diversionary, visit their website HERE or call the box office at 619-220-0097.