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Legarreta steps down as Artistic Director of the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater

By Staff | Sep 6, 2010

Victor Legarreta, who served as Artistic Director of the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater since 2005, will step down from that position at the end of the month.

Victor Legarreta, Artistic Director of the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater, has resigned his position. Legarreta will be leaving the Theater to continue his career in acting and to pursue other creative opportunities.


“Victor will be leaving at the end of September to pursue a full-time acting career both locally and nationally," said BIG ARTS Executive Director Lee Ellen Harder. "He has been a tremendous asset not only to the Theater, but also to our community, and we thank him for all his hard work over the past six years. We wish him all the best with his next endeavors.”


Legarreta said that he has enjoyed his run with the theater, but it was time to move on.

“I love the spirit of the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater and have been privileged to be a part of it," said Legarreta. "I’m very proud of what the team achieved during my time as Artistic Director, and I take away a great many happy memories. I wish the theater the very best for its next phase – and I look forward to being in the audience.”


A showman for the past 18 years, Legarreta performed at the original Old Schoolhouse Theater, and was Artistic Director at the Off Broadway Palm Black Box for three years. Tom Prather of The Broadway Palm Dinner Theater gave Victor the opportunity to write his very own musical. "Yesterdays," Victor’s first musical revue, was a smash hit and toured the country to all of the Prather Family Theaters.

Following that success, Legarreta began his career as an Artistic Director. In the past five seasons at the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater, he helped introduce more than 87 new professional actors to Sanibel audiences in 44 incredible productions.


“Victor has been more than just an Artistic Director; he not only produced and directed shows, he also ensured every aspect has gotten done," said Art Cassell, volunteer program chair of The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater and former president of the Schoolhouse Foundation. "He did an outstanding job. The Theater staff and patrons will miss him very much.”

BIG ARTS has begun a search for his successor.


This past April, it was announced that the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater is now a program of BIG ARTS. The move combines the management, marketing, fundraising and volunteer program operations into one collaborative effort, increasing efficiency and financially stability, and ensuring the continuation of live theater on the islands.


Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater presents professional musical theater and offers Broadway caliber talent in an intimate atmosphere. The 160-seat theater is located at 2200 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel.

BIG ARTS mission is to provide quality cultural and educational experiences to the residents of and visitors to Sanibel, Captiva and neighboring communities. From musical concerts, dance performances, family entertainment, visual arts exhibits and programs, writers conferences, lectures series, film and theater productions, arts and educational classes and workshops, BIG ARTS is known as a home for all the arts.

For more information on all BIG ARTS programming, go to www.BIGARTS.org, stop by BIG ARTS Center at 900 Dunlop Road or call the Marks Box Office at 395-0900.