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Jungle Theater Names Sarah Rasmussen Artistic Director

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This summer, founder Bain Boehlke will be leaving the Jungle Theater after 24 years with the organization. This afternoon, it was announced that Sarah Rasmussen will be filling his shoes starting in July.

See also: Bain Boehlke to retire from the Jungle in 2015

Rasmussen isn't new to the Jungle. In 2012 she directed the Ivey Award-winning In the Next Room for the theater, a play about the dawn of electricity and vibrators. She has also worked locally with Mixed Blood Theatre, Ten Thousand Things Theatre, and the Playwrights' Center.

Rasmussen has also worked on projects for the Humana Festival, O'Neill Playwrights Conference, SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, Women's Project Theater, and others. The South Dakota native is currently employed as head of the MFA directing program at the University of Texas at Austin.

"The artists and audiences in the Twin Cities are truly extraordinary," says Rasmussen via press release. "This town is the place that inspired me to become a director. I am honored to play a part in its future."

As artistic director, Rasmussen will be directing two productions a year, selecting each season's schedule, and choosing and collaborating with directors, actors, set designers, and more on each production.

The Jungle Theater is currently preparing for its production of And the World Goes 'Round, which opens this Friday.