The Great River Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors has announced that it has accepted the resignation of Eric Bunge, the festival's current managing director.
Board President Tedd Morgan said Bunge had a major impact on the health and well-being of the festival which he has managed since July of 2011. No reason for the resignation was given.
The board also announced that Daniel Munson, the festival's longtime Director of Production, and Rushford resident, will assume duties as Interim Managing Director until a successor for Bunge is found. A search committee has been formed to seek Bunge's replacement.
Paul Barnes, the festival's artistic director, and Doug Scholz-Carlson, associate artistic director, along with other members of the festival's year-round staff will continue to lead planning for the 2013 season.
Bunge was also the founder of the Commweal Theater in Lanesboro.
While with the Winona festival, Bunge established several innovative initiatives, including GRSF's successful Legacy Bond program and the purchase of a warehouse property on Johnson Street in Downtown Winona that is currently used to store GRSF's stock of costumes, set pieces, and properties.