As part of its ongoing effort to strengthen business operations, Theatre Projects US has announced the appointment of Karen Ruta as business manager.

Ruta brings with her extensive experience in business and financial management. She has held the positions of business manager and CFO for several businesses in Connecticut, including a sports marketing company, a professional photography studio, and a media buying company. Ruta’s addition to the company provides Theatre Projects with the business expertise to help manage the continued growth of the company.

Ruta will assume the administrative responsibilities of the general manager, and Gene Leitermann, who has assumed that role for the past four years, will relinquish the title. Leitermann will remain director of business development and will continue to serve on the management team in that capacity. He is also a senior project manager, and Ruta's appointment will allow him to devote more of his time to project work.

Leitermann says, "I am extremely pleased with Karen's appointment. Her skills and experience are a great match to our needs, and she is a wonderful collaborator. When I assumed the responsibilities of general manager four years ago, my commitment to Richard Pilbrow and my colleagues was to stay in the role until the ownership restructuring was complete. A year on from our successful restructuring, I am pleased to turn over the business management role to such a competent and personable colleague as Karen, and I am very excited to be able to devote more of my time to work with TPC's great clients."

Ruta notes, "I have always loved theatre. The opportunity to join Theatre Projects was quite literally a dream come true. As I tell my friends, finally I’m in show business! It is so gratifying to use my experience in business management in an industry I am passionate about. And I have already received a bonus. I am working for a great company and with interesting, talented people."