Steve Campo, 59, the founding artistic and executive director of Hartford's TheaterWorks since he started it in 1985, has resigned his position.
He has been on medical leave since December, 2011.
Michael Albano, chairman of the board of the theater made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
"The board will assemble a search committee to find a new executive," Albano said. "Until then Rob Ruggiero will continue as interim artistic director."
Ruggiero has been associated with the theater for 18 years, most of them as associate director. He will continue to work on planning the 2012-13 season, with support from the theater's staff.
The 200-seat theater has a staff of 12 and annual operating budget of $1.8 million. It has 6,000 ticket subscribers. Albano said the theater owns its four-story art deco building at 233 Pearl St. and has no liens, loans or long-term debt.
In March the theater said it was facing a "serious deficit" which resulted in Ruggiero canceling two four-actor plays — Neil Labute's "Reasons to Be Pretty" and Donald Margulies' "Time Stands Still" -- and replacing them with shows with smaller casts and shorter runs.
"I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti" is currently running. It's a one character play.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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