TheatreSquared executive director Martin Miller leaving after 13 years

Martin Miller (right), executive director of TheatreSquared, and Robert Ford, artistic director, celebrate during a groundbreaking ceremony for the theatre company’s 50,000-square-foot home in downtown Fayetteville. (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)

TheatreSquared in Fayetteville will undergo a change in leadership this summer.

Martin Miller, the theatre company’s 13-year executive director, on Wednesday announced he has accepted a job leading the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey. He begins his new role in September.

Miller has been regularly traveling between Fayetteville and Princeton since 2019 when his wife joined the faculty at Princeton University.

An executive transition committee led by T2 board president Todd Simmons will manage the succession process and announce the next steps by the end of August, according to a news release.

“In 2009, when Martin joined TheatreSquared, 3,000 audience members were attending 50 performances in a rented space,” said Simmons. “In just over a decade, he and Bob (Ford) have driven transformational growth.”

Simmons said the company this season welcomed 85,000 patrons to more than 400 performances in its Fayetteville home.

“From the pages of The New York Times to stages across the country, TheatreSquared is now a name known and respected throughout the industry,” Simmons said. “We’ll miss Martin profoundly, but we are just as deeply thankful for his indelible contribution to Northwest Arkansas’s cultural landscape and to the American Theatre. He’s leaving a legacy.”

Miller will join Sarah Rasmussen, artistic director of the McCarter Theatre Center, to lead the institution where Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” had its first performance and which will celebrate its 100-year anniversary this decade.

“Co-leading TheatreSquared has been a privilege, a joy, and an ever-rewarding adventure,” said Miller. “It is wonderful to know that generations of Northwest Arkansans will walk through these doors and experience remarkable art in a space where they truly belong. I’m grateful to Bob, to our amazing team, to the T2 board, and to all of the generous, risk-taking, and enthusiastic community members who joined us in making this dream a reality. I know that, for TheatreSquared, the best is yet to come.”