Executive Director For Actor’s Theatre Of Charlotte Steps Down 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Executive Director for Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Chip Decker, plans to leave his post at the end of the theatre’s current season in June after 26 years with the company.

Decker says “I’ve devoted over half of my life to ATC and loved and learned during every moment of it. I am leaving a company that I am insanely proud of with a heavy heart but also one that is pulsing with excitement over what future opportunities may lay ahead. The company is in great hands and is standing on its best financial ground, ever. I really am looking forward to being a patron of ATC!”

Officials say Decker first joined ATC in 1996 as its Technical Director.

In 2002, he became the company’s Artistic Director and in 2004 he oversaw ATC’s transition to its first permanent home on Stonewall Street.

In 2018, officials say Decker assumed the role of Executive Director and helped secure ATC’s second full-time home at the Charles Hadley Theatre at Queens University.

During his 26 years with ATC, officials say Decker has provided the artistic leadership that’s resulted in numerous local and state professional theatre awards, implemented several community based projects, created the nationally recognized “nuVoices for a nuGeneration” play festival and co-created “Dual Perspectives” the first ever dual venue, collaborative theatre project between an adult contemporary theatre and a professional Children’s Theatre company.

“Chip’s vision over the past 26 years has kept ATC at the forefront of exciting regional theatres, and we’re forever grateful for his energy and creativity. Thousands of area theatregoers have been engaged, engrossed, and entertained by his work, as well as the countless artists who have benefited from his expertise. He grew a company that is often imitated but never duplicated. We’re excited to see what his next chapter holds,” says ATC Board of Directors Chair, Shannon Reichley.

On July 1st, ATC says that its current Managing Director Laura Rice will take over as the new Executive Director.

Rice joined ATC in 2019.

Officials say as a Minneapolis native, Rice has served as an administrator and AEA Stage Manager at professional theatres across the Midwest.

Rice has a degree in Theatre Arts from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and held a comprehensive theatre apprenticeship with Williamston Theatre in Michigan after graduation.

“It’s a bittersweet transition. Chip’s tireless work has carried this company through some tumultuous years and will leave us stronger than ever,” Rice said. “I’m incredibly grateful for his leadership, guidance, artistic vision, and friendship. I can only hope to give ATC such an impact, and have plans to breathe new life into the company’s practices towards equity, accessibility, and our commitment to contemporary, new works.”

ATC will end its Season 33 at the Hadley Theatre with “Hype Man,” April 14th through May 7th, and “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” June 2nd through June 25th.