Des Moines Community Playhouse Selects David Kilpatrick as Executive Director
Mr. Kilpatrick has served as the Executive Director of La Crosse Community Theatre since 2010 and Weber Center for the Performing Arts since 2012, both in La Crosse, Wisconsin. While at La Crosse Community Theatre, he oversaw day-to-day operations, led the company through a transition into a new facility, expanded staff, and increased the number of annual productions by 50 percent. As Executive Director of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts, which houses the La Crosse Community Theatre and Viterbo University theater and arts programs, he was responsible for all operations, including rentals, staffing, and scheduling. These institutions have a combined budget of $1.3 million. He also recently completed an $8.4 million capital campaign.
Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Mr. Kilpatrick served as Artistic Director of the Old Creamery Theatre Company in Amana, Iowa. During his tenure, he was responsible for all fiscal operations, including sales, fundraising, audience development, hiring, and contract negotiations. He also oversaw the promotion and advertising of 16 productions for two theater spaces and two touring companies. Mr. Kilpatrick holds bachelor of arts in theater arts from George Mason University, a master of arts in theater from Missouri State University, and a doctor of philosophy in theater arts from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
In making the announcement, Board President Dennis Ogden said, “David brings a wealth of experience and lifelong devotion to community theater. We look forward to him leading the team.”
“I am excited to come to Des Moines and serve the Des Moines Community Playhouse as its next Executive Director,” said Mr. Kilpatrick. “I am so impressed by the quality of the work produced and the commitment to make theater available to everyone.”
“ACG would like to congratulate David Kilpatrick on his appointment as Executive Director,” said ACG Associate Vice President Peter Mraz. “It was a pleasure working with the Des Moines Community Playhouse search committee, board, and leadership team to fill this critical role. Mr. Kilpatrick’s broad experience in theater management will be instrumental during this time of leadership transition within the organization. We wish the Playhouse and Mr. Kilpatrick all the best!”