Daily Rehearsal: Victory Garden's Executive Director Jan Kallish moves on

October 25, 2012

- The Goodman has cast Other Desert Cities, with Tracy Michelle Arnold (A Midsummer Night's Dream at CST), Tony-winner Deanna Dunagan (August: Osage County), John Hoogenakker (The Iceman Cometh), Linda Kimbrough and Chelcie Ross (Conrad Hilton on Mad Men) starring. Tickets go on sale December 7.

- Zac Thompson recaps a few famous people sightings that have occurred in his life in and around the theater recently, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper, and Michael Shannon.

- Victory Gardens' Executive Director Jan Kallish is leaving the company; General Manager Chris Mannelli will take over as managing director as the board looks for someone to fill her position. Kallish is leaving to continue teaching at DePaul University "and embark on my next adventure in producing and managing theater." She also said: “For the past four years, it has been my honor and privilege to work with the talented and fiercely dedicated staff and board at Victory Gardens, where the challenging and all important mission of new work is respected and celebrated.” 

"We celebrate [Jan's] decision to embark on another chapter of her career in the entertainment field," said Artistic Director Chay Yew in a statement, who joined under Kallish. "I know great things are in store for Jan wherever she lands next."