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Business Observer Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 9 months ago

Nonprofit names Broadway producer artistic director and CEO 

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Andy Sandberg succeeds Bruce Rodgers, who is retiring.

ENGLEWOOD — The Hermitage Artist Retreat has named Andy Sandberg its artistic director and CEO as of Jan. 1, 2020.

Sandberg succeeds Bruce Rodgers, who is retiring after serving as the Hermitage’s executive director since 2005, according to a press release. 

Sandberg is a director, writer and Tony Award-winning producer. He was selected following a national search. In his new role, Sandberg will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s operations, artistic programs, administration and strategic plan.

Sandberg's theatrical work has been represented in New York City, London and throughout the U.S. In 2009, when he was 25, he became one of the youngest producers in history to win a Tony Award, for "Hair," a release says. 

“Andy emerged as a forward-thinking leader ready to serve our mission with enthusiasm and integrity; he was our unanimous choice,” says Leslie Edwards, president of the Hermitage’s board of trustees, in the statement. "We were wowed by his passion, vision, fresh ideas and charisma — and his extensive experience nurturing artists and their projects is invaluable to us." 

The Hermitage is a nonprofit artist retreat on Manasota Key in Englewood in Sarasota County. It invites artists in all disciplines for residencies on its beachfront campus. 

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