WaterTower Theatre has announced the appointment of Nicholas Even to the position of Managing Director. Even comes to his new role after nearly 30 years practicing as an attorney, while actively serving as an arts-community volunteer. He served on the board of WaterTower Theatre from 2005-2008, as Development Committee Chair from 2005-2007 and as President in 2008.
“I believe theatre can be a powerful and transformative medium and that WaterTower has an integral role to play in Addison, DFW, North Texas and beyond. This theatre company is poised for amazing growth,” Even enthused.
Even’s arts services have been manifold, including as the Vice President and Nominating Committee Chair of The Dallas Opera Board of Directors, Trustee of The Dallas Opera Foundation, Vice President and Grants Committee Chair of TACA’s Board of Directors, and the Second Thought Theatre Board of Directors. Even was co-chair of TACA’s Custom Auction Gala in 2012, co-chair of The Dallas Opera’s First Sight/First Night events in 2014, and co-chair of Second Thought Theatre’s 2017 State of Mind fundraiser. He was a recipient of a 2017 General Director’s Award for Outstanding Board Service at The Dallas Opera.
“We are very pleased to have Nick join WaterTower Theatre to help lead the company into its next era of growth,” said WTT Board President Paul Shultz. Nick brings extensive experience in non-profits arts leadership, a strong interest in theatre, and a personal history with WaterTower. Partnering Nick with Artistic Director Joanie Schultz is truly exciting for WTT. I believe that with his expertise and vision on the administrative side of our organization, we will be able to realize our long-term vision of supporting artists more deeply, and to create the most innovative and exciting theatrical work.”
Even will formally assume his post on October 1 and will be responsible for overall administrative management of the theatre company as well as oversight of its finance, fundraising, marketing and communications.
Patron asked Nicholas Even a few questions on his upcoming role at WaterTower Theatre:
PATRON: What are you most looking forward to from the season lineup?
Nicholas Even: It’s hard to pick a favorite. I am definitely excited that we will be giving DFW audiences their first glimpse at two world premieres and three regional premieres. I’ve always been a champion of new work, so I may be most intrigued to see the pieces presented during WTT’s new DETOUR festival in March 2018, featuring four days of new plays.
P: Are there any specific initiatives you are working on?
NE: Our season presents a diverse array of characters whose compelling stories have universal themes. For instance, Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, presents three generations of a Puerto Rican-American family coping with the personal costs of war and military service. Regina Taylor’s new play Bread will tell a contemporary but timeless story set in a gentrifying Oak Cliff neighborhood. One of our goals is to expand WTT’s reach to build an audience that is as diverse as the stories we are presenting on stage.
P: On working with Joanie Schultz?
NE: I think the Board made an inspired decision to bring Joanie Schultz to WTT from Chicago. She is already demonstrating her versatility, moving from her directorial debut at WTT in Hit the Wall just a month ago, to our upcoming season opener, Pride and Prejudice. She’s bringing great energy to WTT, I am excited about the company’s future, and thrilled to be her collaborator in this endeavor.
WaterTower Theatre’s new season will commence on October 13 with the regional premiere of Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill, adapted from the novel Jane Austen, and directed by Joanie Schultz.