Jacqueline (Jacquie) O’Connor aims to leave her post as Quill Theatre‘s Managing Director at the end of this month, according to a press release sent out this morning.
O’Connor, who’d been involved in Quill and RVA’s Shakespeare theatre-scene for about 10 years, helped found the Henley Street Theatre and performed in numerous roles through out her time in Richmond.
She called the move “without a doubt… the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make.”
“I have been so blessed to be embraced by the Richmond theatre family. Being a part of Henley Street Theatre and Quill Theatre were rare opportunities for me to give back to a community that is so extraordinarily supportive of the arts,” said O’Connor in today’s press release. ”I look forward to continuing to be an active part of the theatre scene in Richmond!”
O’Connor’s achievements include more than a decade of supporting local theatre and helping give a bigger voice to an often overlooked section of RVA’s creative scene. She also received the 2014 Richmond Theatre Critics Circle award for her Supporting Actress role in Good People (pictured above) as well as the Phoebe Award from the Richmond Times Dispatch for Best Supporting Actress in the musical Jekyll and Hyde. These are a few of the accolades the accomplished RVA Theatre-regular has achieved.
Tom Kazas, Vice President, Quill Theatre Board of Trustees, noted her nearly 30-year contribution to RVA theatre and called her leadership and passion “exemplary.”
“Quill Theatre would not be in existence today without Jacquie’s devotion and skills,” Kazas said.
Quill’s current Artistic Director, Dr. Jan Powell, will replace O’Connor as the company’s Producing Artistic Director starting in July with the production of The Merchant of Veniceat the 18th Annual Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall. Powell’s background includes work with the Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company in Portland, OR and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival as well as leading the former-Richmond Shakespeare program which joined with Henley Street, O’Conner’s company, in 2013.