AMERICAN THEATRE | Kendra Ekelund Is New Managing Director at Hudson Valley Shakes

GARRISON, N.Y.: After a search carried out by the Tom O’Connor Consulting Group, Kendra Ekelund has been chosen to be the brand new managing director of Hudson Valley Shakespeare Competition (HVSF). Ekelund will formally start her position as managing director on Nov. 7, changing interim managing director David J. Roberts, who served within the position after the departure of former managing director Kate Liberman

Davis McCallum (left) inventive director at HVSF and Kendra Ekelund (proper) managing director at HVSF at HVSF’s 2022 Gala.

“As we strategy year-end, there may be a lot to have a good time for HVSF,” mentioned inventive director Davis McCallum in a press release. “Our first season in our new residence has given us a renewed sense of pleasure about HVSF’s vibrant future, and now we’ve the joys of welcoming Kendra, a seasoned chief and performing arts aficionado, as our new managing director. I do know her ardour and experience can be indispensable to our success, and I’m honored to associate together with her as we proceed to evolve as a company.” 

Ekelund beforehand served because the basic supervisor of the Jacob Burns Movie Middle (JBFC) in Pleasantville, N.Y. Ekelund was accountable for managing the group’s funds, capital tasks, human assets, cinema operations, know-how, and techniques. At JBFC, Ekelund welcomed over 200,000 guests yearly and expanded its theatre facility from three to 5 screens. She additionally improved the group’s monetary sustainability, took a management position in strategic and grasp planning, and helped type and handle their Range, Fairness, Inclusion, and Accessibility committee. As a community-focused arts chief, Ekelund’s nonprofit administration work facilities round inclusion, accessibility, antiracism, and monetary sustainability, with a deep dedication to empowering and uplifting artists. 

“I’m honored and overjoyed to be becoming a member of HVSF,” mentioned Ekelund in a press release. “As an viewers member, I’ve been endlessly impressed by HVSF’s classical but well timed productions in breathtaking pure settings, which convey us exterior of ourselves and open our hearts to be related to shared human experiences. It’s an absolute privilege to associate with Davis McCallum to assist construct a powerful basis for HVSF to thrive in its new residence.” 

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Competition was based in 1987 as skilled nonprofit theatre with a mission to have interaction the widest doable viewers in a theatrical celebration of our shared humanity. As of 2020, the group had an annual price range of roughly $1.79 million.

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