Saturday, July 23rd marked the ten year anniversary of the best phone call of my life. It was the wonderful Mignon Waterman calling to offer me the job of Managing Director at Grandstreet Theatre. Ten years have flown by in a blink, and I am so glad for all the ways that Grandstreet has filled my life. All good things come to an end eventually, and it is with a wild mix of emotions that I officially announce this news. I have turned in my resignation at Grandstreet.
If you know me you likely know that running Grandstreet Theatre has been my dream job and so this may be unexpected news. I want to assure everyone that this is fully my decision and that there is nothing specific that happened or caused me to step away. The truth is, this job has had my full heart and my best energy for ten years and that has taken a toll on me. The past two years in particular have been very challenging. The pandemic hit everyone in a different way, but I am exceedingly proud of the way that Grandstreet weathered the storm. I think my stress was higher because I love this place and these people so much and thought every day about the high cost of failure.
I am happy to report that Grandstreet is in a great place now. We are on strong financial ground launching an AMAZING season (A Doll’s House Part 2 is up next!!). Our Board of Directors and our staff are some of the finest humans I have ever known. They will handle this transition well. This feels like a safe time to step away and prioritize myself and my family. The board has launched a national search for the new Managing Director. If you know someone who might be interested in my position, the hiring committee is accepting applications now for THE BEST JOB ON THE PLANET!
Grandstreet has my heart. I plan to stay on through the hiring process, and in no way want to leave Grandstreet in the lurch. I also hope to stay in Helena, and while that might mean leaving the theatre world, I am excited that down the road, a new job might allow me the free time to volunteer at my favorite place on earth. I hope it goes without saying that I will miss this job tremendously. The past decade has been a huge blessing to me and my family and I hope that my work has benefited the theatre. I wish everyone in the Grandstreet family nothing but love, success and standing ovations.
This is not goodbye, I will see you all again- hopefully at the theatre.
With Love and Gratitude,