From Pat Murphy Sheehy:
I have just learned some very sad news for the entire theater community. ... It is especially poignant when were are fighting for the life of Source Theatre as a performing arts space.
Bart Whiteman, the founder and Artistic Director of Source Theatre Company until 1986, died very suddenly [last week from heart failure] in his office at Mortgage South in Chattanooga, Tenn.
His obituary, written by his wife Melinda, can be found here.
His family address is 1400 Peter Pan Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750. Donations to an educational fund for his daughter in his memory can be sent to Mary Bartlett Whiteman Fund, c/o Mortgage South 409 South Germantown Road, Chattanooga, Tenn. 37411.
Bart was an inspiration and a dynamic force for anyone who worked with him. I directed him in The Father, was his Acting Company Manager and later carried on his legacy as the Producing Artistic Director of Source. I remember particularly traveling with him to various small towns in Virginia when he would teach or tour a play.
I thought his talents were particularly brilliant as a skilled teacher and creative counselor. It is more important than ever that Source Theatre remain as an ongoing performing arts space as a visible tribute to not only Bart but to all the artists and supporters who followed him.
-- Pat Murphy Sheehy
It's worth noting that though Tboy never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Whiteman, Mr. Whiteman went to the trouble of seeking Tboy out. From his latter-day home in Tennessee, he kept up with D.C. theater through various channels, including this blog--and wasn't shy about weighing in from time to time.
Tboy's thoughts are with his family, and with those of you who knew him and worked with him when Tboy was still trying to figure out how to escape the Deep South.