Major changes are coming to Theatre Northwest.

Artistic Director Jack Grinhaus will be leaving the organization following the 25th Anniversary season.

TNW General Manager Marnie Hamagami spoke with MY PG Now who says it’s a disappointing development.

“We are very sad to see him go, working with him for the past two years has been really exciting for me and I’m really going to miss him at the theatre and I know that the board and the staff wish that he was staying.”

Grinhaus has been with the company for over five years and has brought new exciting works and fresh and vibrant energy to the group during his tenure.

Hamagami adds while the news is a shock, they’re looking forward to getting a fresh new face that can add to their success.

“I don’t think there are any obstacles in him resigning, I think there is sadness in him leaving our side but I also think this is an opportunity for Theatre Northwest to hire some exciting new talent in our theatrical community and we’re looking forward to that.”

Grinhaus said it was a difficult decision to step aside but cited family health reasons as the explanation for leaving.

“I have had such an amazing time while here. I watched my son grow up, my partner Lauren thrive in
remarkable roles, and the theatre come through a transition. I feel so much was achieved during my
time here, and it is the right time to hand the reins over to a new voice and energy. ”

“I feel a great sense of accomplishment from my work at the theatre. That, along with recent family health issues has meant
it is time for me to hand over the reins. It has been a difficult decision, but I know it is right for me, and
my family,” Grinhaus said. “We will miss this theatre, its audiences whom I’ve come to know personally,
its incredible staff and board, and this community. I thank every one of them for the opportunity to be a
part it all”.

With Grinhaus’ position set to become vacant, are there any concerns about the following season to be a success?

“Next year is programmed and many of the artists have been contacted. We have a lot of things in place to help this transition be smooth for us for the upcoming season, we hope not to go through an entire season without an Artistic Director.”

A search is underway with a national search set to begin in the coming weeks.