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The Actors Gymnasium Artistic Director Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi and Board of Directors announced the appointment of Murphy Monroe as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective June 16.

Mr. Monroe, who also rides a unicycle and juggles, said, “Having spent a lifetime with a head full of circus dreams, I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Sylvia and the team. Introducing children to the wonder and rewards of the circus arts, and feeding the larger industry with some of the most talented and creative performers around is a mission I am honored to support.”

The board’s Search Committee found Mr. Monroe had experience in both the arts and education. His career began as the co-founder of a theater company in Boston before finding a passion for education.

Board President Jennifer Arrington said, “He knows Evanston well, grew up attending Piven and Next Theaters, and both he and his family live in Evanston.”