The beginning of every new season at the Penobscot Theatre Company is always a fresh start — new shows, new actors, new characters, new stories to tell.
For the 2018-2019 season, which kicks off this weekend with PTC’s production of the stage adaptation of the iconic 1960s film “The Graduate,” it’s a fresh start not just for the company, but also for its new executive director, John Hedges, who began his position in May, replacing outgoing executive director Mary Budd.
Hedges’ nearly 40-year career in theater has taken him all over the country, onstage and behind the scenes. As an actor, he’s done everything from Off-Broadway in New York to a 10-year stint as a company member at the acclaimed Barter Theatre in Virginia, where he played roles as diverse as John Adams in “1776” and Charlie in “The Foreigner.”
As an arts administrator, he’s served in a number of roles, including seven years as the executive director of the Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio, and, most recently, as managing director of the Civic Theatre in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Regardless of what capacity he’s working in, as long as he’s in a theater, Hedges is happy.
“At the end of the day, all I really want to be able to do is work in theater. Theater is my home, on stage or off,” he said. “My whole career has been centered around making sure I get to be a part of the world I love.”
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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