While we’re annoucing staff changes…

Posted by Heidi on August 26, 2008

Company Members

...I’m delighted to let you know that we have hired our first ever Company Manager. This part-time position will replace and expand the “Finance and Development Assistant” role ably held by the delightful Geoff Rice, who after two years of balancing the books and helping write grants leaves the office to focus on his more familiar role as monkey performer, teacher, and mentor.

We’re thrilled to announce that our Stage Manager, Maggie Fullilove-Nugent, will increase her monkey commitments by taking on this job.

In addition to Maggie, we’ve also hired long-time monkey Sarah Goeden as the new After School Program Coordinator. For some reason we don’t seem to have a hilarious photo of her in a silly hat, so here she is on the far right of the second row in this group shot from 2004.

More about all of these delightful developments after the jump.

Maggie started stage managing for us in 2005, was officially made a company member in 2006, and has spent the last couple of years basically making herself indispensable in every way. Maggie just loves to manage people, plays and companies, so to make sure she has enough on her plate she is also the Production Manager for The Hypocrites and North Park University Theatre.  As a freelance lighting designer and technician, Maggie has worked on over 50 productions in the past few years in Chicago and with several amazing companies including 500 Clown, The House, The Building Stage, Lifeline and The Artistic Home.  As Company Manager she will help with virtually every facet of the organization, from scheduling school show rehearsals to bookkeeping, prop wrangling and more. Those of us on the full-time staff can not wait to have her around for her smarts, charm, and practical good sense.

Meanwhile, Sarah Geoden will work on developing our Loyola Park after school program, our general after school curriculum, and on creating a model for our planned expansion south in 2010. Sarah has taught with BOM for 8 years, and last year was a lead teacher for both in-school and after school programs. She has taught creative writing, acting, and improvisation for five years with After School Matters and has been teaching theater movement and circus arts for the last four years at The Actors Gymnasium.  In the Chicagoland area, she has also taught with The Vittum Theatre, Children’s Home and Aid, the CAST program in Oak Park, and the Youth Arts Program in Evanston.  She also has spent 7 summers teaching theatre at youth theatre-conservatory programs, to 8 through 18-year-old students from diverse economic and social backgrounds.  We are really excited to have her take over running the Loyola Park program and look forward to expanding it every year.

In case you didn’t recognize her in the group shot above, here’s a super serious photo of Sarah:

On a personal note, I have to say that sharing an office with Luke, Elizabeth, and Maggie will be joyful experience. I can’t imagine a more even-keeled, insightful, intelligent and generally delightful group. I look forward to lots of fascinating conversations, reasoned debates, and general smooth sailing as we move into BOM’s second decade. I’m also thrilled to have Sarah, Elizabeth and all the amazing teaching artists on board to help deepen the impact of our educational programming on the Chicago community; their work in the schools is the core of what we do, and I am grateful for their dedication.

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