Weston (VT) Playhouse Theatre – Operating Model Revitalization
Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG) congratulates Weston Playhouse Theatre Company (Weston) on its appointment of ACG Senior Consultant Lesley Koenig as its new Managing Director, effective June 2. Through ACG’s interim management services, Ms. Koenig has filled the Interim Managing Director role to Weston since November 2013 where she instituted a new departmental budgeting model, increased the company’s use of social media, and laid the groundwork for new systems in accounting, marketing and development.
Located in Weston, Vermont, the Playhouse is an award-winning nonprofit theatre, nationally known for its multi-stage summer season, new works and education programs. With a $10 million capital campaign currently underway, it plans to build a year-round cultural center and theatre arts incubator for Southern Vermont, including a theatre new studio theatre at Weston’s Walker Farm. Since coming to the Playhouse, Koenig has instituted a new departmental budgeting model, increased the company’s use of social media, and laid the groundwork for new systems in accounting, marketing and development.
With more than twelve years of experience managing performing arts organizations and a twenty-year career as an opera director, Koenig blends business skills with an intimate understanding of production as well as the culture of performing arts organizations. Engaged as a stage director at the Metropolitan Opera at age 23, she took a sabbatical from an international directing career to earn an MA and MBA from Stanford and to redirect her energies toward management. She served as General Manager of San Francisco Ballet, Director of Production at the Met, and General Director of Opera Boston before joining Arts Consulting Group as a senior consultant. She continues to direct an opera production each year.
“There’s something magical happening in this corner of the world,” said Koenig. “I am delighted to join the Weston community and help a company with such a rich history enjoy an even richer future.”
“Hiring Lesley Koenig, with her years of non-profit arts management experience, is a key step as Weston expands from a core of summer productions to a series of year-round programs,” said Anthony C. Wood, chair of the theatre’s Board of Directors. “Lesley brings the enthusiasm, management acumen and business savvy the board seeks to make our vision for Weston’s future a reality.”
“When we chose Lesley to be our Interim Managing Director, we had no idea that she would prove to be a candidate for the permanent position,” noted Weston’s Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler. “Her work with our staff and board has been exemplary, our community has embraced her, and we are excited to welcome her fully into the Weston family.”
“We have been honored to assist Weston in its growth, advancement and community service,” said Bruce Thibodeau, ACG President. “We are thrilled for Lesley and the quality of life she has found with the wonderful Weston family of board, staff, audiences and supporters.”