Sandra N. Haughton, who has been serving as financial consultant for the debt-plagued Freedom Theatre for the past four years, has been named executive director of the organization, believed to be the nation’s oldest black theater company.
Haughton, 60, is Freedom Theatre’s first executive director and the first manager officially in charge of all operations since the departure more than two years ago of artistic director Walter Dallas, who also served as interim managing director. Haughton is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a seasoned arts administrator.
“We still have a ways to go,” Haughton said Monday. “But we eliminated $4 million of our debt and for a change the IRS owes us money. There’s still a bit [of debt] left, but we’re looking to eliminate it.”