I should've posted this days ago when the news broke, but in case you hadn't heard—Jerry Manning has gone from interim artistic director at the Seattle Rep to official artistic director with a five-year contract.
From the Rep's announcement:
Why didn’t we just hand Jerry the title? Our board felt a real responsibility to make sure we found the best candidate, not just for now, but for the long-term. Jerry has a great track record (this last season was one of the most critically and commercially successful season in the theatre’s history), but both he and the Rep wanted to make sure the fit was right. We engaged a management consulting firm, Management Consultants for the Arts, to help us with the effort. We looked at 50 potential candidates and met with five finalists. Members of the staff were involved on an advisory council, as well as local artists and community leaders.
The final word was one us on the staff were hoping to hear: Yes, Jerry was indeed the right fit.