SANTA ROSA, CA (May 18, 2018) — Craig A. Miller, who has served as 6th Street Playhouse’s artistic and education director for the past seven seasons, announced today he has accepted a full-time appointment as the Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing at the University of Idaho and will be leaving the Playhouse at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Miller, the longest serving artistic leader in the Playhouse’s 13-year history, was hired in January of 2011 as the result of a national search. During his tenure he has championed many award-winning seasons and created and guided the rapid growth of the 6th Street Playhouse School of Drama, which now offers classes year-round to over 200 students of all ages.
“To leave my wonderful artistic home and family here in Santa Rosa is the most difficult decision I have made in my career thus far,” lamented Miller. “I have cherished working with such amazing people—the board, the staff, the talented and dedicated artists and crew members, the patrons, and the generous and supportive donors—to make the Playhouse everything we knew it could be, and everything our community needed it to be. I am proud of the job we have done together. I will miss so many people, but I look forward to seeing all the wonderful achievements yet to come for 6th Street Playhouse in the future.”
According to Board President Jeff Coté: “We will miss Craig. In the time he’s lived in Sonoma County he has become a staple of the theater community. We appreciate his leadership, his sense of inclusiveness, and the personal sacrifices he has made to make the Playhouse a proud institution. He is leaving us with a strong artistic and financial position. He helped lay the foundation for a successful future.”
The search for Miller’s replacement will commence immediately. In the meantime, Miller will act as artistic advisor into the next season to provide for a smooth transition.
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About 6th Street Playhouse
In 2004, a new partnership reunited the Santa Rosa Players and Actors Theatre under one board of directors. Together they renovated the 119-year-old Del Monte cannery into the 6th Street Playhouse, which houses a 185-seat main stage (the G.K. Hardt Theatre) and a 99-seat black box (the Studio Theatre).
6th Street Playhouse is a performing arts organization that produces live theatre and provides education programs of the highest quality that engage, delight, and inspire the diverse communities of the North Bay region. 6th Street Playhouse is the central hub of the Sonoma County arts scene. It is known throughout the region for its high level of artistry, professionalism, educational opportunities and the bravery of its approach to works both new and old.
As the most award-winning theatre company in the North Bay Area, 6th Street Playhouse has been named “Best Theatre Troupe” by the North Bay Bohemian readership for the last eight consecutive years, and “Best Local Theatre Company” by the Press Democrat “Best of Sonoma County” Awards for the last four out of five years. The Playhouse was named “Theatre of the Year” by Broadway World San Francisco 2012-2014.
In 2012 Playhouse Artistic Director, Craig A. Miller, was named one of Sonoma County’s “Forty Under 40” by the North Bay Business Journal, honoring the County’s forty most influential people in their field under the age of 40.
In the last five years, 6th Street Playhouse has received over fifty nominations forexcellence in all areas of production from the leading Theatre Arts adjudicationorganizations in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (SFBATCC), Theatre Bay Area (TBA), and Sonoma One Theatre Awards (SOTA). Of those nominations, The Playhouse received six awards at the 2013 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, including Best Ensemble for our production of Red, and Best Leading Male and Female Actors for The Rocky Horror Show.
In our 2013/14 Season, the musical production of Thoroughly Modern Millie swept the SFBATCC Awards, taking home wins in all four of its nominated categories; winning a total six awards for the season, which was highlighted in American Theatre Magazine.
In 2015, the Playhouse took home three awards at the Theater Bay Area Awards for Best Direction, Best Ensemble, Best Actress, and Best Production for Clybourne Park. In 2018, the Playhouse’s production of Equus received a five-star rating from the North Bay Bohemian and was named a “Go See!” production by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Both Equus and 6th Street’s following production of Noises Off were named Theatre Bay Area recommended productions.