Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Staff Change-Up at Capital Stage

Managing Director to transition to new position

SACRAMENTO, CA June 2, 2009 - Capital Stage, Sacramento's small professional theatre performing on board the Delta King, announced today that Managing Director Peter Mohrmann will transition to the position of Marketing Director on September 1, 2009.

"Peter approached me and suggested that the company had reached a point where there is a need for an individual with a stronger background in financial management to oversee the company's business operations," said Capital Stage Board President, Arlen Orchard. Mohrmann, who is one of the organizations co-founders, will move to the newly created Marketing Director position as well as continue as an Artistic Associate with the company.

Mohrmann said, "The time has come for this change. I'm very proud of what Capital Stage has accomplished in four years, but with the state of the economy and our continued growth, the organization needs an administrator with a wider range of practical business proficiencies in this position."

This transition represents a significant evolution for the company as it embarks on its fifth season this fall. The position of Managing Director will shift to a General Manager position with the successful candidate reporting to the Producing Artistic Director and leading the day to day business operations of the company, while also playing a pivotal role in the planning of Capital Stage's future.

The creation of a new Marketing Director position is indicative of the theatre company's resolve to survive the difficult economic climate. At a time when many arts organizations are trimming their marketing staff, Capital Stage has decided to heed the advice of Kennedy Center President, Michael Kaiser by making marketing a top priority to build and sustain audiences.

"We have long wanted to add a marketing position to the Capital Stage staff," said Orchard, "It is clear now more than ever, that a more focused approach to building audiences is key to the future of Capital Stage."

"Ultimately, this change is a very exciting one for Capital Stage," said the company's Founding Artistic Director, Stephanie Gularte, "It's an opportunity for us to continue to grow the organization with the addition of a significant new staff member, and it puts Peter in a position to play a larger role in the branding and marketing of the company that he has helped to build over the past several years."

Orchard said that Capital Stage will begin a national search for a General Manager this month.

Capital Stage Company's mission is to be a dynamic leader in the evolution of the contemporary live theatre landscape in the Capital region and to passionately engage audiences in the art of live storytelling with bold, innovative plays performed by professional artists, in an intimate, up close setting. With a strong commitment to expanding the base of working artists in the greater Sacramento region, Capital Stage shall develop a company of actors, directors, writers, designers, and technical staff who are dedicated to bringing bold, lively productions of contemporary and classic plays to our community.

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Capital Stage is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating under contract with Actor's Equity Association.

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