January 29, 2020 

Dear O'Neill Family, 


After 16 years, I will depart the O’Neill this summer.  

It is a privilege and honor to lead one of the most special places in all of American theater, and I made this decision with incredibly mixed emotions. The O'Neill truly launched me and my career — just as it has launched and supported so many artists — and a piece of my heart will always be here on the Connecticut shoreline.

Many of you remember me as a new college graduate arriving in 2004 and, since that day, I have known only one job: the O’Neill. It has been a joy of my life. My next steps will take me to New York and shaping and launching stories in film & television. A storytelling passion first kindled here in Waterford. 

I am confident in the future of the O’Neill — we have the strongest team of staff, artists, students, supporters, trustees, and audiences in America, and a new leader will find a thriving institution and a welcoming community here...just as I did 16 years ago. Watching new works and new artists (and new buildings!) find roots and shape American culture from their start on this campus is a never ending joy.

I look forward to a spectacular spring and summer of programs. And to seeing you soon.

Warmly,

Preston Whiteway

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Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

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Waterford, CT 06385

Administrative Offices: (860) 443-5378

Email: theaterlives@theoneill.org

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