Frances Limoncelli will take over as managing artistic director of The Magik Theatre after the theater’s founder, Richard Rosen, steps down to refocus his career on writing and consulting.

Limoncelli has a long career in the theater arts. She previously served as playwright/adaptor and director, education director, marketing director, actor, and artistic ensemble member at Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre and was a guest instructor at DePaul University and Chicago Dramatists.

Magik Theater's new managing artistic director Frances Limoncelli. Photo courtesy of Magik Theater.
Magik Theater Managing Artistic Director Frances Limoncelli

She has worked as a director with New World Stages in New York, Backstage Theatre Company and Chicago Dramatists in Illinois, and the Weston Playhouse in Vermont, and has acted in more than 10 theaters across the country, including Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, and Light Opera Works.

“I am delighted to hand the management of The Magik Theatre over to an individual with Frances’ background,” Rosen stated in a news release.

The Magik Theatre is San Antonio’s only professional resident repertory theater company. Since its inception in 1994, the theater has presented more than 160 main-stage and touring shows to more than two million children and their families.

The Magik staff works to bring the thrill of theater to all, including children with disabilities and at-risk youth through its community education and outreach programs

Limoncelli’s multi-faceted skills go beyond the stage and into administrative roles, and her involvement with nonprofits will likely take her far in her new role at the theater. Her experience with education is strongly aligned with Magik’s mission to educate both young people and adults through its programming.

“Coming to Magik has felt like coming home – it has so many similarities to my Chicago artistic home, Lifeline Theatre,” Limoncelli stated in a news release. “Richard and I have found a lot of common ground in our approach to family theatre, which will help me to honor Magik’s rich history while we look to what the future holds for the next generation of children in our audiences.”

Rosen and the Magik Theatre staff have faith that Limoncelli will guide the theater’s future in the right direction.

“The Magik is like one of my children,” Rosen said, “and I could not step down unless I knew I was leaving it in good hands.”

Top image: The Magik Theatre.  Photo by Scott Ball. 

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