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Melia Bensussen named artistic director at Hartford Stage

Melia Bensussen shown onstage after a Huntington Theatre Company rehearsal in 2014.Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe/file

Melia Bensussen, who for years has kept up an active pace directing productions in Boston and at regional theaters while chairing the performing arts department at Emerson College, has been named artistic director of Hartford Stage.

When she assumes the post in June, succeeding Darko Tresnjak, Bensussen will become the first woman to lead the 55-year-old old theater company. In a news release, Bensussen said she was “honored and thrilled’’ by the appointment, adding that she is “excited to work with this region’s diverse population to continue the artistic excellence that has won Hartford Stage its rightful renown, as well as expanding the range of stories on its stage and the faces in its audience.’’


Bensussen’s local work in recent years has included Huntington Theatre Company productions of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House’’ (2017) and Clifford Odets’s “Awake and Sing!’’ (2014); Actors’ Shakespeare Project productions of Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard’’ (2014) and Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale’’ (2015); and a staging for Sleeping Weazel of Kate Snodgrass’s “The Last Bark.’’

Don Aucoin

Don Aucoin can be reached at aucoin@globe.com.