Seasoned theatre executive Angela Lee Gieras will join the Kansas City Repertory Theatre as its executive director.
The newly created position will provide additional leadership as the Rep prepares for its 50th anniversary in 2014 and will support the Rep as it continues to strengthen its position as a leading regional theatre. Gieras will begin her new position on August 1.
As the Rep’s chief administrative and operating officer, Gieras will partner with Rosen to fulfill the Rep’s artistic vision and mission; assume overall responsibility for the day-to-day administrative, operational and human resources functions of the theatre and serve as the primary staff representative to the theatre’s board of directors and UMKC, where the Rep is the professional theater in residence.
Prior to this appointment Gieras served as director of development at Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, Fla., where she represented the organization in the community and led the organization’s fundraising strategy and implementation. Annual contributions nearly doubled under her leadership. Previously, Gieras was the associate managing director of the Dallas Theater Center in Dallas, Tex., where she oversaw marketing and public relations, human resources, financial management, artist contracting and facilities management. Gieras and her husband and daughter will move to Kansas City this summer.
The nationwide search for executive director was led by Rep board member Courtney Goddard. The search committee included board members Boswell, John H. Johntz, Jr., honorary vice chairman; Bunni Copaken, distinguished director; William R. Blessing and Kristopher Dabner. Representing UMKC were Sharon Lindenbaum, Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration; Curt Crespino, Vice Chancellor, Advancement and Troy Lillebo, Assistant Vice Chancellor for External Relations. Rosen and the Rep’s producing director Jerry Genochio represented the theatre. Guidance for the national search was provided by arts consultant Barbara Janowitz.