Woodford Theatre director resignsFiled under: Central Kentucky Arts News, Theater, Woodford County Theatre; Tagged as: Alan Bailey, Almost Maine, Beth Kirchner, Blithe Spirit, Charles Morey, Connie May, John Cariani, Leslie Bricusse, Noel Coward, Scrooge: The Musical, Smoke on the Mountain, The Three Musketeers, The Woodford Theatre
Beth Kirchner has resigned her post as artistic/executive director of The Woodford Theatre.
In a news release, Kirchner said that with the theater in sound fiscal and artistic shape, it is time for her to hand the reigns to a new director and pursue some of her other interests, including writing.
” Our theatre business has never been stronger,” she wrote. “We continue to attract dedicated and talented volunteers with our growing reputation for quality and excellence. Our financial picture is stable and secure thanks to the support of our patrons, sponsors and local government. Our operational systems, policies and procedures are well defined and functioning effectively. In short, the goals we set for the theatre have been achieved. What better time to turn the reins over to a successor than when the business is poised for continued success. I’m very proud to have been a part of creating what has become one of the best community theatres in the region.”
During Kirchner’s 16 years on the job, the theater moved into the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center and staged ambitions seasons that have attracted performers from around the region.
The theater has already announced the shows in its 2011-12 season: Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, Leslie Bricusse’s Scrooge: The Musical, John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, Charles Morey’s adaptation of The Three Musketeers and Connie May and Alan Bailey’s Smoke on the Mountain.
7 Responses to “Woodford Theatre director resigns”
Jason Meenach March 29th, 2011 at 10:07 pm
Selfishly, I am saddened by the resignation of such a professional, a wonderful artist and person as Beth Kirchner. She has been the face of Woodford Theatre, and a major force in the region, for as long as I have been involved in the local theatre scene. Tough as it may be to imagine WCT without Beth, take heart: she has laid a foundation so solid that now it can survive – and FLOURISH – without her. There are many great people at WCT – all of whom have been effected by Beth’s example – and who will protect and ensure the theatre’s success for years to come. What a perfect and fitting testament to the first-rate leadership she has provided for nearly two decades.
Bob Singleton March 30th, 2011 at 8:53 am
Thank you Beth, for all you’ve done, and all the best for your next phase! And of course, I second what Jason wrote.
Adam Luckey March 30th, 2011 at 10:28 am
Gil Thurman March 30th, 2011 at 10:46 am
Beth Kirchner and the Woodford Theatre have done so much to inspire the hopes and dreams of so many that have passed through the doors there. Beth will be truly missed as artistic director, but we know she won’t be far away. Although we won’t see her at the theater with each visit, her legacy will live on every time someone sits in a seat at the Woodford Theatre. Audience members as well as performers and technical crews/staff will always have the wonderful memories from the shows we have done there. I have learned so many ideas and concepts from Beth, as have others. Hopefully we can carry on the quality of theatre she has come to expect from us.
Best of luck Beth with your writing and many other creative talents you have to explore now!
Kathy List March 30th, 2011 at 1:31 pm
I am sure that a very capable someone will be hired to take over the AD position at WTC, but rest assured that there can be no replacement for Beth Kirchner. What a gift she has been to the entire arts community of Central Ky.. Thank you, Beth for all you have done to “raise the bar”.
Eric Seale April 1st, 2011 at 1:01 am
I join the chorus of everyone above. It’s tough to picture Woodford without Beth, but because of her work Woodford has a very bright future. My regret is that I never got the chance to work with Beth, and unfortunatly now it is too late.
Congrats Beth, and thank you for all you’ve done for central KY, and all the assistance and kindness you’ve shown to me.
Cappy Tosetti April 17th, 2011 at 8:52 pm
Break a leg Beth!!!!!
Imagine for a moment all the lives you’ve touched – from actors and singers, to those designing lights and sewing sequins on skirts. I am one of those individuals who had the pleasure of being in your presence. I’ve always said being part of one of your shows is like taking a magical carpet ride into the wondrous world of theatre…..it’s like taking a master’s class in theatre arts.
I’ll be forever grateful.
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