Announcing Tom Quaintance, Producing Artistic Director


After a national search, we're excited to announce the appointment of Tom Quaintance to the position of Producing Artistic Director. Tom will work with our board and staff over the next few months and begin in full on December 1, 2016. Previously, he served as the Artistic Director of Cape Fear Regional Theatre, an Associate Artist with PlayMakers Repertory Company and Open Fist Theatre Company, and was the Founder and Artistic Director of FreightTrain Shakespeare in Los Angeles.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tom to our Hampton Roads arts community,” Dr. Sarah Clarkson, President of our Board of Trustees, said. “He is a proven artistic leader, and I know that he will expand the legacy of Virginia Stage Company."

When asked what drew him to Virginia Stage, Tom said, “It was a combination of two things, the community and the theatre: the diversity of Hampton Roads, and Norfolk specifically, and the potential of Virginia Stage Company and the Wells Theatre to make an impact.”

(pictured above) Tom Quaintance at the Opening Night performance of I Sing the Rising Sea.

Tom will join the VSC staff full-time on December 1. We're so thrilled to have him join us here in Hampton Roads!

Virginia Stage Company’s season kicked off this past week with I Sing the Rising Sea in collaboration with ODURep at the Goode Theatre on ODU’s campus and will return home to The Wells Theatre in December for A Christmas Carol.