First Stage Announces Betsy Corry Managing Director
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by BWW News Desk
First Stage today annoucned that Betsy Corry, former associate executive director of COA Youth & Family Centers, has been appointed as the new managing director of First Stage. Corry succeeds Rob Goodman, who was the founding artistic director of First Stage and alternately filled the roles of artistic director and managing director for the company's 25-year history. Corry will begin her new position on May 7.
Corry returns to First Stage after having been managing director from 1996-2003. Since then, she was the development director at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater before moving to COA Youth & Family Centers as associate executive director. She brings to First Stage over 30 years experience working in non-profit organizations. Jeff Frank, artistic director at First Stage, commented, "We are thrilled to welcome Betsy back to the First Stage family. I am confident that with her by my side great things lie ahead for our company and our community as we continue our mission to transform lives through theater. Along with our dedicated management team, incredible staff and passionate board, we look ahead with strength of purpose and a commitment to broaden our reach and deepen our impact in the coming years."
Corry stated, "I am deeply honored to have been selected for this position. I love First Stage and cannot wait to help guide them forward into the next exciting quarter century!"
The national search for the new Managing Director was led by Bob Arzbaecher, CEO of Actuant Corporation. In a statement, Arzbaecher said, "Betsy has invaluable non-profit experience, a great understanding of our community and proven management skills, along with a deep passion for First Stage and our mission that more than qualifies her to step back into this leadership role."
Upon Corry's start at First Stage, Goodman will transition into an emeritus role, working on special initiatives for the company.