Leadership Change: July 16, 2019

Dear Live Arts Family and Friends

As we open our final production of a wonderfully successful 28th Season, Live Arts Board of Directors announces the resignation of Producing Artistic Director, Bree Luck. Bree has been with Live Arts for a total of eight years as Education Director, Interim Managing Artistic Director, and most recently as our highly successful Producing Artistic Director.

Bree has sustained and enriched Live Arts’ reputation and mission to produce engaging, relevant theater with heart. At Live Arts, she has directed eight productions, provided artistic and executive direction for two galas and four major fundraisers. She has attentively mentored all Live Arts artistic work, finding scripts and staffing productions that engage an ever-broader circle of our community and providing hundreds of artists and volunteers the opportunity to have a voice. Bree’s thoughtfulness and leadership enhanced Live Arts as a safe space for our entire community.

Bree departs Live Arts in a sound and healthy fiscal state, with a growing reserve fund. She has worked with the board, staff and volunteers to create a robust strategic plan for the next three years of theater making. Under her leadership as Producing Artistic Director, Live Arts has sold out every subscription package before the season even opened.

We thank Bree for her commitment to the Live Arts mission and for the compassion and care she has brought to all her endeavors during her tenure. Bree will leave in mid-August to move on to new adventures. Please join us in wishing the Luck family well for their next journey.

In the meantime, we are delighted to announce the interim appointments of Barbara Kessler as executive director and Jeremy Duncan Pape as artistic director.Barbara-and-Jeremy-forweb-3200

Barbara has been a dedicated member of the Live Arts community for many years and has experience in nonprofit board leadership, human resources management and workforce development. She has worked at PVCC, SNL Financial and UVA and volunteered with many area nonprofits. While Barbara leads the organization for the next 6 months, she will take a leave of absence from the Live Arts board.

Jeremy comes with over 20 years’ experience at Live Arts and beyond. With a BFA from the University of the Arts and his MFA from The New School, Pape worked in New York City as a director, technical director, and production manager for Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Amoralists, as associate artistic director at End Times Productions, and the founding artistic director of No-Win Productions. For the last 18 months, Jeremy has been an extraordinary technical director, working with dedicated volunteers to bring all Live Arts’ productions in on time and under budget.

Over the coming months, the board will assess the leadership structure and we anticipate publicizing a search for permanent leadership this fall.

Please join us in celebrating the new developments at Live Arts.

Thank you for your support. See you in the theater.

Cameron Mowat
President, Live Arts