HERE Promotes Meredith Lynsey Schade to Producing Director and Brenna Thomas to Director of External Affairs
HERE’s Board of Directors announces that long-time Producing/Executive Director Kim Whitener will step down from HERE Art Center this fall to return to creative producing and consulting with her company KiWi Productions, where she will work with a range of US artists and companies primarily in the contemporary opera-theater and music-theater worlds.
Since receiving notice, HERE’s Board of Directors has conducted an institutional assessment and is now pleased to announce promotions of two senior staff members. With Founding Artistic Director Kristin Marting at the helm, General Manager Meredith Lynsey Schade will become Producing Director and Director of Advancement Brenna Thomas will become HERE’s Director of External Affairs beginning September 1, 2018.
“HERE has benefited enormously from Kim’s vision and leadership,” says HERE Board chair Bethany Haynes. “The Board of Directors extends its deep gratitude and appreciation to Kim for her all of her work and support of HERE over the past decade and wishes her the best as she enters this new chapter.”
Ms. Whitener joined HERE as Producing Director in February 2007 and became Executive Director earlier this year. Working in partnership with Founding Artistic Director Kristin Marting, she co-curated and co-produced HERE’s producing and presenting programs, as well as other special projects. During her tenure, she was instrumental in the launching of two major HERE initiatives – the MADE HERE online video documentary series and PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, an annual festival of opera-theater and music-theater.
Ms. Whitener’s tenure has been defined by growth and a consolidation of HERE’s mission and stature as a now 25-year-old arts anchor in the burgeoning downtown Manhattan/Hudson Square neighborhood, where she served on the board of the Hudson Square BID. From 2007 to 2018, HERE more than doubled its annual budget to $2.5 million, grew its staff and Board of Directors, and established important co-producing partnerships.
“The development of artists to their full potential is my great passion,” says Ms. Whitener. “It has been a huge honor to be part of these extraordinary years of accomplishment and growth at HERE – to work with Kristin and an amazing dedicated staff and Board, and foremost to watch with joy the advancement of the artists who have come through HERE and launched their careers during my tenure.”
Ms. Whitener’s final day at HERE is September 30, 2018.