The National Endowment for the Arts today named former Minneapolis City Council member Ralph Remington its director of theater and musical theater.
Remington, who is also the founder the Pillsbury House Theater in Minneapolis, says his new job will be multifaceted and he's been impressed with the Obama administration's support of the arts.
"The overall thing I'll be doing is helping to nurture the American theater," Remington said. "So I'll manage the National Endowment's grant making for theater and musical theater as well as develop partnerships to advance the theater field as a whole. I'll also lead large scale theater projects such as the NEA's new play development program."
Remington said he's not sure how much of the NEA's $168 million budget he will oversee, but he said it's likely to be a good amount. He will move to Washington D.C. for his new job which begins March 15.
Remington served on the Minneapolis City Council from 2006 until last year.