Theatre Arlington has named an interim executive director following the abrupt resignation of Norman Ussery, the theater’s executive director since 2013, the company announced Thursday.
Valerie Galloway, who was formerly managing director at Lyric Theatre in Irving, will now occupy the position, which entails management of almost all aspects of the theater’s operations. A press release from the theater said that Ussery resigned Thursday.
Theater officials were mum, however, concerning the reason for Ussery’s departure. The press release announcing Galloway’s appointment did not offer a cause for the change, and all efforts to attain an explanation were unsuccessful. In an email response, Theatre Arlington marketing manager Gary Payne said only that he could not “say any more than was in the press release.”
“We agreed on a severance package for him, and that none of us would talk to the press or social about the terms of the resignation,” said Theatre Arlington board president Craig Lidell. “But I think everybody, including Norman, operated in the best interest of the theater.”