Playhouse names new associate director
Michael Barker has been named associate managing director of the Laguna Playhouse.
Barker came to the playhouse in July from The Antaeus Co. in North Hollywood, where he was the managing director, according to a news release.
He holds both a master of fine arts in theater management from the Yale School of Drama and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
"Michael has a business acumen that one would be hard-pressed to duplicate, a passion for the theater and he is eager to collaborate with the community," Karen Wood, the playhouse's executive director, said in a prepared statement. "His skill set and dedication are a beautiful fit with the mission and goals of the Laguna Playhouse and I am delighted to welcome him."
Barker and his wife, Heidi, a TV and film costume designer, live in Long Beach.
A special juried fine art exhibition will kick off the November installment of Laguna Beach's First Thursdays Art Walk on Thursday. An artists' reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave.