The Bedford Playhouse/Clive Davis Arts Center is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Executive Director, Michael Hoagland.
Hoagland, a native of Noblesville, IN and Ball State Alum, joins the Playhouse team on the heels of a 30-year career in entertainment, from performing on stages around the world to writing and producing large production shows for theatres and casinos. While in Indiana, he worked extensively with Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Union Station, and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Most recently, Hoagland served as Director of Entertainment and Senior Director of Brand Advancement and Events for the USO in New York City, where he served as the creative compass for the organization, overseeing the design and production of events, communication/marketing, and brand activations.
“Hoagy joins Bedford Playhouse at a critical time as we anxiously look forward to our reopening,” said Sarah Long, Chairman of the Board for Bedford Playhouse. “He is a strategic thinker who brings a diverse skillset to our organization. We look forward to having him guide us as we embark upon the next chapter for our incredible Playhouse.”
In response to COVID-19, Bedford Playhouse closed its doors in March and has since transformed its programming into the “Virtual Playhouse” – offering a broad range of movies, lectures and special programming. This summer, the Playhouse has continued to host several socially-distant events to bring the community together including outdoor concerts on the Playhouse Lawn, drive-in movie nights and sales of curbside concessions for families to enjoy movies at home. All of this work has been done under the leadership of Kim Speegle, a member of the Playhouse Board of Directors who quickly stepped in as interim Executive Director. Long remarked, “We could not have done any of this work without Kim’s leadership. She has carefully and thoughtfully dedicated her time and energy to the Playhouse these past few months. We are grateful for Kim’s continued commitment to the Playhouse and our community.” Hoagland will partner with the Board of Directors and staff to keep the momentum of the past few months going.
“I am thrilled to be joining Bedford Playhouse at this important time,” said Hoagland. “I know first-hand how critical a thriving arts organization is to a community. As its steward for the next generation, I am eager to leverage my industry experience to engage with our members, expand our exceptional programming and welcome the community back through our Playhouse doors.”
Playhouse founder John Farr commented, “Hoagy is creative, excited and passionate about the non-profit arts world. His expertise will surely be an asset as we enter this new day for the Playhouse and we are grateful to welcome him.”