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Starlight executive Denton Yockey to leave after season in restructuring

Updated: 2013-07-31T02:23:44Z


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Denton Yockey, president and executive producer at Starlight Theatre since 2008, will leave after his contract expires in September following the final show of the season, “Miss Saigon.”

Yockey’s departure is part of a major restructuring announced Tuesday by the Starlight board. Responsibilities that were traditionally part of the president/executive producer position will be divided between two new administrative jobs, according to a statement.

The new job titles will be president/CEO and artistic director/executive producer. The artistic director post will focus exclusively on the summer musicals while the CEO will be responsible for other areas, including concerts.

Starlight has retained a search firm to help fill the president/CEO position. Once a CEO is chosen, the search for an artistic director will begin. Donna Thomason, president of the Starlight event-management subsidiary, EPIC Entertainment, will serve as interim president.

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