Lee Mikeska Gardner Becomes the Artistic Director of The Nora Theatre Company

Lee Mikeska Gardner – a local triple threat: director, actor, and Arts Administrator – is becoming the Artistic Director of The Nora Theatre Company.

Lee Mikeska. Photo by Dina Rudick of The Boston Globe.

Lee Mikeska Gardner. Photo by Dina Rudick of The Boston Globe.

Why did she take this amazing opportunity? In an article in The Boston Globe on November 25th, she said, “I was immediately grabbed by the part of the mission that says, we do theater with a feminine voice that jostles minds and hearts. It sort of spoke to me,” Gardner says. “I think I have the skills to take not just the Nora but the Central Square Theater in [the direction] they want to grow.”

Evan Crump (Joe) and Lee Mikeska Garner (Mrs. Fisher). Photo by Johannes Markus.

Evan Crump (Joe) and Lee Mikeska Gardner (Mrs. Fisher) in ‘The Show-Off’ at The American Century Theater. Photo by Johannes Markus.

Catherine Carr Kelly, Executive Director of The Nora Theatre Company, is excited Lee has accepted the position: “Lee is the whole package in many ways,” says Kelly. “She’s an actor, a director, she’s received more than 25 nominations for the Helen Hayes [awards — the Washington equivalent of Boston’s Elliot Norton Awards], she’s worked with over 20 new plays, she’s worked with playwrights extensively.”

Terry (Lee Mikeska Gardner) and son Clifford (Patrick Bussink) in the 1st Stage production of 'Side Man.' Photo courtesy 1st Stage.

Terry (Lee Mikeska Gardner) and son Clifford (Patrick Bussink) in the 1st Stage production of ‘Side Man.’ Photo courtesy of 1st Stage.

You can see Lee Mikeska Gardner at 1st Stage from February 7-March 2, 2014 at 1st Stage when she will be playing the lead in the hilarious Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins. Purchase tickets here.

The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts sends our best wishes to Lee and we wish her much success in her new position.

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