WENATCHEE — The Numerica Performing Arts Center has selected J. Woody Lotts as its next executive director.

Lotts formerly worked as a tour manager for Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theater and was a producer for Driftwood Players Theater and Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds, according to a news release from the PAC. He is currently living in Lake Forest Park and his start date is pending as he works to relocate to the Wenatchee area.

Lotts is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish, and he looks forward to bringing diversity to the Wenatchee stage, according to the release. Lotts spent time in Peru coordinating a drama program.

Lotts will be the first permanent executive director since the departure of Robert Cox in September 2019. Cox was hired to replace Matt Cadman, who retired from the post in March 2019 after six years. Cox held the job for three months. Alex Haley, who had been the PAC program manager, filled in as interim executive director until the pandemic closed down the theater in spring 2020.

The closure put a halt not only to operations, but a search for a new director.

The volunteer PAC board renewed its search efforts this spring as COVID-19 restrictions eased.

The Numerica PAC opened in 2000 and its first production began in 2001, according to the PAC’s website. The PAC contains a 550-seat theater, as well as an exhibition hall and is run by a non-profit organization.

The theater, like most across the country, has been shuttered for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is scheduled to reopen in September with Music Theatre of Wenatchee’s production of “Mamma Mia.”

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