Single Carrot Theatre, one of Baltimore's most successful out-of-the-mainstream companies, has named Kellie Mecleary as interim artistic director, effective Aug. 1 and continuing through July 2014. She succeeds longtime Carrot member Nathan Cooper, who is heading off to start a theater career in Bulgaria.
Mecleary has spent the past two years with Center Stage as senior artistic fellow. She has an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University, a B.A. in English and Theater from Goucher College.
In a statement released Thursday morning, Mecleary said she was "thrilled to be joining such an energetic, optimistic, and forward-thinking team of theater artists at a moment of great growth and change."
Single Carrot's managing director Elliott Rauh praised Mecleary's "passion and commitment to high quality work on and off the stage."
Cooper's Bulgarian connections include the Sofia-based troupe, 36 Monkeys, which will collaborate on a production with Single Carrot called "P.O. Box Unabomber," which opens July 31.