If aliens land and say, “Take us to your Triad Stage leader” – well, now those aliens will be taken to someone new.

After a national search, Triad Stage – the regional theater located in downtown Greensboro that uses local and national actors – has just named New York producer Kathleen Holland as executive director.

Recently Triad Stage reopened after a two-year break from live, in-person plays and performances.  The theater is now opening up again with the world premiere of North Carolina playwright Mike Wiley’s “Rebellious.”

Holland came to Greensboro straight from New York City, where she gained a lot of experience from many jobs in the business.  She’s worked as a producer, production manager and general manager with theaters and organizations such as Baltimore Center Stage, Ambassador Theater Group, The Shed and Aruba Productions.

In her education, she focused on play production and related matters.  She holds a Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership and Management from Shenandoah University and a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from New York University. Currently, she’s pursuing a PhD in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky.

Is she happy about her selection to the helm of Triad Stage?

Very much so.  After getting word that she’d been chosen for the job, she said that she was “over the moon.”

In addition to naming Holland as the new executive director, the theater is also a different animal than it was before the pandemic. During the hiatus, the organization restructured its goals and operations – and also “refocused” its vision for the future “to include fostering new works and cultivating community partnerships, while continuing to build on Triad Stage’s strong history of powerful professional theatrical productions.”

Holland said that, with all the changes, Triad Stage may be “at its most exciting point yet.”

All Triad Stage productions are created in the Piedmont Triad area, and the theater gets support from the North Carolina Arts Council.