Lisa Lawer Post will join Second Stage Theater following the exit of current executive director Khady Kamara, who will depart the nonprofit at the end of the month. Post will officially join the company as interim executive director on Feb. 27.
Post will arrive at Second Stage from the New 42nd Street, parent company of the New Victory Theater, New 42nd Street Studios and the Duke on 42nd Street theater. There, Post has served as project director, executive vice president and chief operating officer. During her career, she worked as the director of corporate communications for Condé Nast Publications and, prior to that, was executive director of the Joyce Theater.
“To find someone with Lisa’s extensive experience in arts administration is a gift. But to find someone who is also a 30-year Second Stage subscriber who believes in our mission of producing new American plays by living American playwrights feels almost too good to be true,” said Second Stage’s president and artistic director Carole Rothman. “On behalf of the bBoard, the staff, and the Second Stage community of artists, I want to welcome Lisa to the company and look forward to working with her during this very exciting and productive time.”
Kamara joined Second Stage in August 2020 following 19 years at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Her next role will be as the inaugural executive director of the new Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center. The multispace arts and culture complex, which has been under construction since 2018, is set to open later this year. The center will include three performance spaces as well as public indoor and outdoor areas. Notably, playwright Lynn Nottage — whose play “Clyde’s” reopened Second Stage on Broadway after the shutdown — is listed as one of the artistic advisors of the Perelman Center.
Second Stage operates three theatrical venues: Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre as well as Off-Broadway’s Tony Kiser Theatre and the McGinn/Cazale Theater. The nonprofit theater company is dedicated to producing works by living American playwrights.