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March 31, 2014 7:30 p.m.
John Patrick Theatre
Kleist Center for Art and Drama
Free and open to the public

Charles Fee (Photo: Great Lakes Theater)

Marting Lecture: Re-Imagining the Non-Profit Theater Model

Award-winning Producing Artistic Director Charles Fee will speak at BW's Marting Lecture Series about non-profit in the theater industry.

By Briana Williams '14

Charles Fee's career as a producing artistic director began in 1991. He currently directs for Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and Great Lakes Theater. Fee joined Great Lakes in 2002 to work on a proposed merger of Great Lakes and Cleveland Play House.

Instead, Fee ended up successfully partnering Idaho Shakespeare with Great Lakes Theater. The result was advantageous for everyone involved -- Idaho Shakespeare and Great Lakes saved money while providing full-time work for staff, and audiences on opposite sides of the country experienced authentically out-of-state Shakespeare productions.

Fee is widely recognized for his leadership in the theatre arts. In 2009, Fee received the Cleveland Arts Prize Martha Joseph Award. Before that, he was awarded The Mayor's and Governor's awards for Excellence in the Arts in Boise, Idaho.

In addition, Fee was pivotal in Great Lakes Theater’s move to the Hanna Theatre in downtown Cleveland in 2008, and has led the board and staff in a transformation of the organization. He assisted in developing a unique business model for producing theater, "re-imagining" the historic Hanna Theatre as a dynamic, intimate space for the classics, and re-branding the company as a vital part of the Cleveland arts scene.

About Marting Lecture Series

BW's Marting Lecture Series was founded in 1989 by Dr. Norman Clary to celebrate the reopening of Marting Hall, home of BW's Division of Humanities. The series has continued with generous and vital support from Isabel Marting and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft.

This spring's event is sponsored by BW's Department of Theatre and Dance, and is free and open to the public.

Posted February 2014

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