Brown County Playhouse Announces New Co-Artistic Directors
March 17, 2014
Brown County Playhouse Management, Inc. President Kathy Anderson has made an historic announcement that Brown County native Ian McCabe and Nora Leahy of Two Pigs Productions have been contracted to be the Playhouse's first Co-Artistic Directors, beginning in August...
Ian McCabe produced and starred in his first Playhouse play in December of 2011, “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”. He returned to the Playhouse in the fall of 2012 with his newly formed theatre company and Leahy as co-director/co-star with the plays “Last Train to Nibroc”, “Turn of the Screw”, “Almost Maine”, and a revival of “Jacob Marley”. In 2013, they produced three plays to more rave audience reviews: “Grace and Glorie”, “Shipwrecked”, and “It’s a Wonderful Life”. As part of their contract, they will present three plays in 2014 from October through December.
They began at the Playhouse with 1 and 2 character shows to maximize production budgets, and then gradually built their cast numbers and quality programming, generating consistently strong ticket-sale increases over the three seasons.
This success resulted in BC Playhouse Management, Inc. offering the producers long-term positions. Working with the Board on strategic direction, their duties will include overseeing programming and performance production, supervision of technical upgrades, and promotions and fundraising assistance.
Anderson said, "The Playhouse Board is committed to diverse, quality entertainment. The addition of Nora and Ian, with their high energy and experience as well as a love for Brown County, represents another step towards achieving this goal for our community".
The Co-Directors issued this statement: "We are extremely excited at this new prospect; we started our careers as actor/directors, but arts management has always been a passion of ours. The Playhouse gave us a great chance, our first chance, to produce professional theatre, and we fell in love with Brown County and with bringing theatre to this community. Now, nearly three years later, our relationship with the Playhouse has grown and evolved, and we couldn't be happier with how things have progressed. We're dedicated to carrying on the tradition of diverse entertainment in Brown County, and bringing new, engaging performing artists and groups into the community. It is our hope to take the Playhouse to the next level of arts programming, and to grow as artists as the Playhouse grows as a venue."
Day-to-day management of the Playhouse will continue to be contracted to Suzannah Levett Zody, Brown County Entertainment, overseeing ticketing, marketing, publicity and all audience services such as food, concessions, beer and wine sales. BCE co-owner Pam Gould will continue to oversee bookkeeping including payroll, which is growing due to the recent hiring of additional part-time staff in box office and concessions. Zody and Gould will report to the BCPM, Inc. Board and serve on the Board as non-voting Ex-Officios.
Board members in addition to President Anderson are Doug Harden, Vice President; Jeff McCabe, Treasurer; and Andy Szakaly. These Board members along with Ex-Officios Zody and Gould have put in an estimated combined 15,000+ hours towards reopening and sustaining the Playhouse since early 2011.
Zody commented, “It is extremely gratifying after three years of relentless work by the Board to see the Playhouse establish a full, professional, structured staff. It was an absolute joy collaborating with Ian and Nora on marketing their previous play seasons, and now I can’t wait to start working on this next Playhouse phase.”
For tickets, 812-988-6555 or www.browncountyplayhouse.org. For further information, Suzannah Levett Zody at 812-988-6555 or firstname.lastname@example.org