John Hedges, the executive Director of Weathervane Playhouse since 2007, recently to the Weathervane Board of Trustees that he has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Indianapolis, Ind.

During his tenure at Weathervane, Mr. Hedges has grown the theatre's audience base by 24 percent to reach an all-time high, increased total revenue by 31 percent while increasing individual contributions by 57 percent, according to information from the theater. With the endorsement of Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis, John spearheaded the theatre's 2009 Capital Campaign which expanded and renovated the facility, and in 2010 he began a Guest Director Series with Tony Award-winner Michael Rupert. During the 2009-10 Season he co-produced the landmark drama "The Great White Hope" with Karamu House and Ensemble Theatre of Cleveland.

"We are grateful for John's seven years of outstanding leadership to this theatre," said Michael Gaffney, board president. "It's been said one should strive to leave a place better off than it was when you arrived. John Hedges' tenure at Weathervane was a resounding success. He led the $1 million capital campaign and the subsequent expansion of our lobby; he has increased the visibility and image of Weathervane throughout the community; and the quality of this theatre's productions are consistently among the best in the region."

In commenting on his departure, Hedges said, "It has been a privilege to be a part of the renaissance of Weathervane Playhouse these last seven years. This theatre is poised to be a significant contributor to the quality of life here in Akron for many years to come. As I welcome this new opportunity to return to the city where I grew up and began my theatrical career some 40 years ago, I do so knowing there will always be a special place in my heart for Weathervane and Akron, Ohio."