Bart’s Beat: Meetings, Meetings, Meetings

Meetings, meetings, meetings! Some love them, some hate them, sometimes it’s just a necessary evil. I like to think that if you have a purpose, agenda, and a time limit, meetings can be very beneficial.

Since I will be new to town, I plan on scheduling meetings with as many groups as possible. My first set of meetings (outside of board and staff) are meetings with directors/music directors, and stage managers/producers. We plan on meeting on a late Saturday morning shortly after my arrival. We’ll work on the details shortly, and get them out to the usual suspects and interested parties (I hope everyone in those groups are able to attend).

What is my purpose? To have an opportunity to meet with this critical group of professionals that provide such an important and integral component to our organization.

The Agenda? To discern procedures and expectations on both sides of the table, and to share ideas in a collaborative manner. We plan on having Jack, Mike and myself there so we have continuity, understanding, and direction.

Time Limit? 45 minutes to an hour. Can we accomplish everything in that time frame? Absolutely not! But it gives us all a chance to begin the open dialogue. At the least, we’ll provide coffee and donuts.


Lenny’s Idea of a great meeting!!!

I look forward to having the opportunity to meet with everyone at some point or another. And please forgive me if we’ve met, and I look slightly dazed and confused. Simply remind me of your name-too many meetings confuse me!



Bart’s Beat: Greetings from Quincy, Illinois!

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Greetings from Quincy Illinois!

As the clock ticks, my arrival to Spokane gets nearer and nearer, and my excitement grows. I’m so looking forward to beginning my new position, and working with some wonderful staff members, board members, patrons, and especially, the volunteers that are the life-blood of organizations like the Spokane Civic Theatre! I’ve arranged my schedule so I can arrive at The Civic in time for the 70 th Anniversary Gala, but my first real day will be Monday, September 12 th . My family (Wife Tricia, Mother-in-Law Carol, Dog-Cleo, and Cats-Mr. Chai & Daphne) will join us in early or mid-October.

Some of you may have seen the press release, so perhaps you know I have a long history running professional, community and educational theatres. I’m also a professional actor (along with my wife), but we put those plans on hold when we moved to Quincy in 2011. However, we both just recently had an opportunity to act for a new professional theatre in our area, which sated those needs for me. I’m ready to once again, roll up my sleeves and serve as Artistic Director for a community theatre. Not just any community theatre mind you, but one of the oldest and most decorated community theatres in the country!

I plan on scheduling a few meetings to have the opportunity to exchange ideas, and give everyone the chance to hear my M.O. of running a theatre. I look forward to our time together, working closely with our new CEO, Mike, learning from Jack, and creating some awesome theatre. I can’t wait to share our work with the community! My door will always be open.

(Photo credit: Walter Rodriguez, Lenny & Tricia in More Fun than Bowling by Steven Dietz, Playwrights Theatre of NJ).

OUTSpoken Preps You for ‘SORDID LIVES’

The guys over at OUTSpoken are getting ready for SORDID LIVES (opening this Friday) and will be here for our SOLD OUT opening! Sordid Lives runs January 29 – February 21, 2016 in our Studio Theatre!

Here’s a bit of what they had to say about Sordid Lives in popular culture from their January 24 show:

Do you have your tickets yet?

[Audio Credit: OUTSpoken/ARU: a Creative Company ]


“Orphans” at Nationals: Billy Hultquist

The Orphans Trek to Michigan

The Orphans company is settled in for their week at the AACTFest 15 Nationals competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan – and this morning, they kick off the performance festivities by presenting very first!

Update from the Road: Billy Hultquist

Billy Hultquist, who plays Treat in our production, sent us some photos and a message from the road, to help give the community an idea of what they’ve been up to, and what this experience means to him.

Here’s what Billy had to say:


The Actors’ View. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

This is our view to the audience at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

We had our tech rehearsal today and it went extremely well.  We are ready to kick this festival off!!

The one thing I am in constant reminder of is the unbelievable generosity of the Spokane community.  Not only are we here representing Spokane Civic Theatre, but we are representing all of our friends, family and most of all, Spokane, WA!

This once in a lifetime opportunity is only getting better and better by every passing minute and I am so grateful for this chance to be able to do what I love not only for myself and my family, but for everyone who has believed in me from the start. Troy Nickerson, Kevin Kuban, Chris Wooley, Toni Cummins, Susan Hardie, Heather McHenry-Kroetch, Janelle Frisque, Dawn Taylor Reinhardt, George Green, and Marianne McLaughlin to name the directors that have given me a chance to shine.

And to my two boys, Taylor and Cody… if you want something bad enough GO GET IT!!!  Ignore the haters because despite what they may say… Dreams Can Come True!!!

I love you all and hope to make you proud.

Goodnight from Grand Rapids!!


Here are two more photos we received from the road:

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Lobby

Inside the lovely Grand Rapids Civic Theatre in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Billy at Nationals

Billy Hultquist prepares for tech rehearsal at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.