Long Wharf Theater in New Haven on Thursday announced a new artistic director to succeed a leader it had fired over sexual misconduct allegations.
Jacob G. Padrón, the 38-year-old founder of the Sol Project, an organization that champions Latino playwrights, will assume the top artistic post at Long Wharf in February. He will succeed Gordon Edelstein, who was fired last January, one day after The New York Times reported that multiple women were accusing him of inappropriate physical and verbal behavior in the workplace.
Mr. Padrón said he saw his task as focusing on the company’s future, but acknowledged that there may still be some healing to take place as well. “There’s always room to create a culture of reflection,” he said. He added that he saw the theater as thriving, but “there is always work to do in terms of thinking about operations and thinking about resources.”
He said he would continue to help lead the Sol Project, and would talk with Long Wharf about possible relationships between the project and the theater. He also said that part of his focus would be continuing to try to create “a more inclusive American theater.”
Mr. Padrón has most recently worked on theater and film philanthropy at WarnerMedia, and he teaches artistic producing at Yale School of Drama. He has previously worked on the producing staffs of the Public Theater in New York, Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Long Wharf has been among the nation’s leading regional theaters, recognized with a special Tony Award for its work in 1978.