The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival announces appointment of Bob Taylor as executive director |

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival announces appointment of Bob Taylor as executive director

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival announces the appointment of Bob Taylor as executive director, replacing longtime Executive Director Catherine Atack, who resigned to pursue other interests.

and#8220;We have been delighted to work with Catherine for the past seven years and wish her the best of luck. She was instrumental in expanding our childrenand#8217;s educational programs and launching our live music program, the Sand Harbor Music Series,and#8221; said Terry Jones, Chairman of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. and#8220;Under Boband#8217;s direction we will have an excellent season of and#8216;The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)and#8217; and we aim to produce full scale Shakespeare again next year, build back up to a two-show season and continue to grow our childrenand#8217;s educational programs.and#8221;

As Executive Director, Taylor will work with staff to direct the day-to-day operations of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and with Producing Artistic Director Charlie Fee and the Board in planning for future seasons. Taylor brings experience to the financial, fundraising and strategic planning Festival aspects. He worked with the Great Lakes Theater Festival since 2000 when he joined as development manager. He was appointed director of administration the following season and executive director in 2003. Prior to joining Great Lakes Theater Festival, Taylor worked as business manager for Karamu House and other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He holds an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management and an undergraduate degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

and#8220;I am thrilled to join the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival team as Executive Director,and#8221; said Taylor. and#8220;I look forward to building a relationship with the community and continuing to establish and grow the synergies of the partnership our Producing Artistic Director Charlie Fee has spearheaded between Lake Tahoe, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the Great Lakes Theater Festival. Charlie and I have been working together for nine years in Cleveland and Iand#8217;ve seen firsthand the success of his innovative approach.and#8221;

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise and the Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, two independent production companies, have been partners for the past eight years under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Charles Fee. This year, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival joined the partnership, through which the sharing of plays extends the artistic lives of productions, increases opportunities for artists to work in multiple venues over longer periods of employment, and results in lower production costs for each of the companies.

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivaland#8217;s 2010 season, which runs from July 9 to Aug. 22, will offer the hilariously entertaining and#8220;The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),and#8221; a compilation of 37 of Shakespeareand#8217;s plays performed by three actors in just two hours. The Festivaland#8217;s Sand Harbor Music Series showcases 10 groups presenting live music ranging from funk to classical Monday and Friday evenings throughout the season.

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The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established for the cultural benefit and enjoyment of all residents and visitors to Lake Tahoe and Reno. Annually drawing more than 30,000 attendees from across the country to the specially built Warren Edward Trepp Stage along the north shore of Lake Tahoe, the Festival is an advocate for producing the finest cultural events in the region. The Festivaland#8217;s community outreach includes an annual educational program, InterACT, designed to educate future generations on the importance of the arts, theater and music and the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program, a free series of performances produced specifically for the younger audience presented free of charge during the summer throughout Lake Tahoe and Northern Nevada.