Scoop: John Green leaving Butler

March 27, 2009
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Students were notified this week that John Green, the visionary head of Butler University's theater program has accepted the position of Chair of Theatre at Columbia College in Chicago.

Green has been a frequent guest director at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, most recently working on "Crime and Punishment."

While it's expected Green will leave in June, a pet project of his, the annual Butler International Theatre Exchange (with director Philip Zarrilli), will continue as planned.

Here's hoping that Butler finds someone with even half of Green's vision and guts to take his place. He has been--and I hope, will continue--as an important part of Indianapolis' cultural life.

More info to come.

In the meantime, your thoughts?
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  • Our enormous loss is Columbia's gain. It's a fine school, visionary in its own right.

    Chicago is only a modest drive...maybe we can keep John involved in our community in some way.
  • No doubt this has to do with the poor leadership of Peter Alexander. At some point the administration at Butler will wake up and realize what a clown this guy is. I'm sure this a great move for Green, but there is ALWAYS a reason for leaving beyond a good job of the other side.
  • Very sad news for Butler and the Indy scene! However, wonderful news for John!!
  • This is a true blow for the Indy arts scene. John Green has really raised the profile of the Butler Theater Department. I, too, believe that dealing with Dean Alexander and his Napoleonic manner has to be a factor in Professor Green's's decision making. Who can blame someone as talented and creative as John Green from striving for the best situation possible?!?
  • What a loss for Indianapolis. John Green has been a shot in the arm for Indy theater ever since he came here. His productions at Butler were often stunning, always thought provoking and very bold. I guess we will just have to travel to Chicago again.

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