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The Ordway's President and CEO is leaving for California

Jamie Grant has been in charge at the St. Paul theater since 2016.

The President and CEO of The Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul is departing for a new role in California.

The Ordway announced at the weekend that Jamie Grant will depart to become the President and CEO of McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, in California's Coachella Valley.

The arts center says its board of directions will now launch a national search for Grant's replacement, with long-running CFO Christine Sagstetter taking over as interim president until one is found.

Grant has been in charge at the Ordway since 2016, with the Ordway listing his success as increasing "the focus on Ordway Original theatrical programming, greatly expanded concert programming, expanded and strengthened relationships with the Arts Partnership, made multiple executive hires, and helped the organization weather the COVID-19 crisis."

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The theater has been forced to cancel much of its 2020 summer season, but is pushing ahead with plans for its Broadway season in 2020-21, kicking off later than usual with a production of Beauty and the Beast from December 1.

“We are immensely grateful to Jamie for his service to the Ordway and the arts community in Minnesota," said Bill Parker, Ordway Board Chair, in a press release.

"His work to strengthen relationships with the members of the Arts Partnership and increase the scope and scale of Ordway programming will have lasting benefit to this organization and the city of Saint Paul."

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