DALLAS — The AT&T Performing Arts Center, the grand jewel of Dallas' arts scene, has been open for only nine months, but there is already a shakeup at the top.
CEO Mark Nerenhausen suddenly stepped down on Monday.
Since March of 2009, Nerenhausen has been the president, the CEO, and actually a good-natured front man for the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
His resignation Monday morning was abrupt and unexplained. Howard Hallam, board chairman of the arts center, said he was "shocked" and "sad" about Nerenhausen's resignation. Hallam speculated that Nerenhausen may be re-assessing his career both in Dallas and in the performing arts field.
Mark Nerenhausen was not available to comment about his reasons for resigning, but he did say this in a written statement:
"I came to Dallas to work with the remarkable team opening the new performing arts center, and I am proud of what we have accomplished. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to have been here at such a significant time in AT&T PAC's development as an institution," Nerenhausen wrote.
The arts center board quickly appointed Doug Curtis as the interim CEO, and said a national search to replace Nerenhausen is already under way.
The AT&T Performing Arts enter opened last October. It took nine years and $354 million to design and build it.
The center includes the Wyly Theatre, Winspear Opera House, Annette Strauss Artist Square, City Performance Hall and Sammons Park.
The five venues can host hundreds of performances a year.