The Footlight Players announced a major staff change this morning as Richard Heffner has taken over as executive producing director. Former executive director Jocelyn Jenkins, who had held the post since 2006, “changed gears and decided to stay home” with her new baby, according to Heffner.

Heffner has worked with the Footlight Players since 1988, when he started as the theater’s resident scenic designer and technical director. As executive director, he will oversee all artistic and production matters, including stage and lighting design, planning seasons, recruiting talent, and approving budgeting. He will report to the board of directors. He also serves as vice president of the League of Charleston Theatres.

“The plan right now is to get everything stabilized and on track, and then we’ll make some decisions about the future once that’s taken care,” Heffner says.

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