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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Artistic Director Cassie Steck Worley resigns from Le Petit Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

click to enlarge Cassie Steck Worley guided Le Petit Theatre through financial crisis and change during her tenure as board president. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Cassie Steck Worley guided Le Petit Theatre through financial crisis and change during her tenure as board president.

Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre announced Artistic Director Cassie Steck Worley has resigned. Worley starred in the recently completed run of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the first show of its 2014-2015 subscription season (a lagniappe production of Nine Lives: A Musical Witness of New Orleans ran in August). Worley joined Le Petit Theatre's board of directors in 2007 and became president in 2010.

Leon Contavespie will take over as interim Artistic Director as the board begins a search for a new director.

"Cassie decided to pursue other things and she tendered her resignation," Contavesrpie said. "We're moving forward. The staff is working together to move on with the season, and we're starting rehearsals with Peter and the Starcatcher next week. ... We're going to miss her. She was fantastic at her job, but she felt she wanted to move on."

Worley guided the theater through financial difficulties that left it shuttered it for two years. The theater cancelled its 2010 season and in December 2011 sold 60 percent of its space to the Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group for $3 million. The building's corner spot on Jackson Square is now occupied by the restaurant Tableau, which shares an interior courtyard and entrance with the theater. Le Petit reopened in July 2013 with a staged reading of Love Loss and What I Wore.

Contavesprie said all productions since reopening have made money and fundraising at the theater is up.

"Things are looking up financially," he said.

Contavesprie served on the Le Petit board from 1996-2000 and 2010 to the present.

Reached by phone for comment, Bryan Batt said he is on leave from Le Petit's board of directors.

There have been some changes to the board of directors. Gerri Jumonville and Ned Benjamin joined the board in the last month.

Board member Simone Boustead resigned yesterday.

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