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2007-08 Theater Season Announced

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities announces its upcoming theater season, featuring six shows of which three are regional premieres. The season includes two spectacular musicals, two wacky comedies, a new drama and a classic. As a special treat for our subscribers, there is a choice between two great holiday shows. In order to provide our patrons with the best theater experience, we will be staging the season’s productions in both our Main Stage and Black Box Theaters. Prices for Subscription packages with full benefits will remain the same this next season and the popular 6-show Preview package price has been reduced.

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Moonlight and Magnolias
Written by Ron Hutchinson
Directed by Bev Newcomb-Madden
September 11 – October 7, 2007
Main Stage Theater

Gone with the Wind… On Hold!
It’s 1939 and the famous producer David O. Selznick is on the brink of silver-screen flop or Oscar-winning success. He has stopped production of his new epic film, Gone with the Wind because the screenplay has a problem. Selznick sends for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Given just five days, these three men with hilarious desperation create a screenplay that will result in one of the most successful and beloved films of all time. Historical fact or fiction? One fact is for sure, this regional premiere is frantically funny.

Written by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Jane Page
October 2 – November 4, 2007
Black Box Theater

Defining Our Destiny
The Arvada Center is excited to host the regional premiere of Defiance. According to playwright John Patrick Shanley, “it explores specifics of my life story as it overlaps with major changes in the social fabric of this country.” The play takes place on a North Carolina Marine base in 1971… racial tensions are high as are antiwar sentiments. Lt. Colonel Littlefield, white, middle aged, wants to clean up racism on the base while Captain King, a young African American, doesn’t want to be made the example of an accomplished black man. Within the strict confines of the military mindset, Littlefield and King face off. This provocative new work is about power, duty and responsibility– and what happens when defiance trumps all.

Plaid Tidings
Written by Stuart Ross
Directed & Choreographed by Anita Boland
November 13 – December 23, 2007
Black Box Theater

Forever Plaid Quartet Returns Home for the Holidays
Plaid Tidings makes its Colorado premiere just in time for the holiday season. Starring Jinx, Frankie, Smudge and Sparky, young male singers from the ‘50s, who usually reside in heaven, are called back to earth to stage a nostalgic holiday extravaganza. Complete with your favorite seasonal tunes including White Christmas, I’ll be Home for Christmas, Carol of the Bells and much more. But the nostalgic journey wouldn’t be complete without a side-splitting tribute to The Ed Sullivan Show with guest stars The Chipmunks and the Vienna Boys Choir. This “heaven-sent” show is the perfect gift for the entire family.

La Cage aux Folles
Written by Harvey Fierstein  Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman  Directed by Rod A. Lansberry
November 20 – December 23, 2007  Public Previews November 16-18
Main Stage Theater

“We Are What We Are”
La Cage aux Folles, a flamboyant and humorous musical graces the Main Stage this holiday season. La Cage winner of the 2004 Tony Award® and Drama Desk Award for the Best Revival of a Musical was also popularized by the very successful 1996 comedy remake, The Birdcage starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. It is a story of two middle-aged men – Georges, the manager of the St. Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment and his “friend” Albin, the club’s star attraction. Having lived happily together for many years, their lives are turned upside down when Georges’ son announces he is getting married to the daughter of a local morals crusader! The story’s hilarity unravels as they collectively attempt to put their best faces on and the right foot forward to ensure their son’s future happiness.

Of Mice and Men
Written by John Steinbeck
Directed by Terry Dodd
January 29 – March 9, 2008
Black Box Theater

An Emotional Journey in Search of the American Dream
One of the most acclaimed fictional works in American literature, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is a gripping tale of average people dealing with complex issues – survival, the bonds of friendship and the pursuit of happiness. Two lonely migrant workers, George, optimistic and responsible and his companion Lennie, a gentle but simple-minded giant wander from job to job. They know they won’t always be drifters for they have a dream – a place of their own, working their land and taking orders from no one. This unlikely pair is held together by common dreams, aspirations and dependencies, but all goes awry when the unthinkable happens. For even “the best laid plans of mice and men…”

House of Blue Leaves
Written by John Guare
Directed by Billie McBride
April 8 – May 11 2008
Black Box Theater

A bizarre comedy that leaves you gasping…
It is 1965: the Pope is coming to New York City and comical chaos is about to reign. House of Blue Leaves, winner of four Tony Awards® is a dark comedy with neurotic characters. This social commentary of the ‘60s follows Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper by day and a hope-to-be songwriter by night. He fears that he is “too old to be a young talent.” Artie’s creative space is interrupted by a cast of crazy characters – nuns on the roof, his loony wife Bananas, his manic mistress Bunny, and his psychotic son Ronnie, who is preparing to assassinate the Pope. This absurd comedy brings to light the lengths people will go to for their 15 minutes of fame.

Buddy…The Buddy Holly Story
Written by Alan Janes & Rob Bettinson
July 8 – August 10, 2008
Main Stage Theater

The Man…The Music…The Legend
Before the Beatles, before Elvis, there was Buddy Holly. This award-winning, rockin’-boppin’ musical revives the 1950’s icon who defined the future of rock-and-roll. In an electrifying musical celebration, two of Holly’s unforgettable performances are recreated: the Crickets appearance at the Apollo Theatre and his final concert with Ritchie Valens, and JP Richardson, the Big Bopper. Audiences of all ages will find “It’s So Easy” to fall in love with Buddy.

Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue
Created & Directed by Dan Goggin
March 6 – 23, 2008
Main Stage Theater

What happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay in Vegas…
The Arvada Center brings to its stage the zany nuns of Nunsense fame in their entire sequined and feathered splendor. Straight from Las Vegas, Dan Goggin, creator of Nunsense, will be directing this production. The regional premiere of this brand new Nunsense adventure is a light spoof of Vegas revues delighting audiences with favorite ‘50s doo-wop, “Cirque du Blimp” and a “Holy Rollers Giant Slot Machine.” The production is rated “G” for gigantically funny and great for all ages.

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UPDATED April, 23, 2012


The Arvada Center is seeking an Executive Director. The Executive Director, an energetic, entrepreneurial and people-centered leader, provides overall vision, leadership and strategic direction to the Arvada Center’s artistic, cultural and educational programs. This position reports directly to the City of Arvada’s City Manager and serves as an essential member of the City’s Executive Management Team. The Executive Director, a recognized leader in the
Denver regional arts and cultural community, manages an annual budget of $10.8 million and has considerable latitude and discretion in advancing and advocating for the Arvada Center. The Executive Director leads a dedicated 40-member team, including 350 passionate volunteers and arts patrons. The Executive Director advises and informs the City of Arvada, the City Council of Arvada and the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities on strategic issues affecting the Center and works closely with the Arvada Council to ensure the Arvada Center’s sustainability and success.

The Executive Director will have the following primary responsibilities:
•    Lead, communicate and inspire a compelling and integrated arts vision to the Arvada Center’s staff, civic leaders, regional stakeholders and local citizenry.
•    Serve as chief external relations officer of the Arvada Center by building regional and community awareness to strengthen partnerships and collaborations with commercial, civic and cultural organizations.
•    Develop and oversee a longterm strategic revenue plan to ensure the soundness of the organization’s financial structure as well as accumulating an annual surplus.
•    Continue to develop the Center’s fundraising capacity with individual donors, sponsors, corporations and other partners, assuring the growth and sustainability of its revenue base.
•    Lead the development of strategies for increasing performance subscriptions, target audiences and overall attendance.
•    Provide advice and guidance to the Arts Council on how to continue its effectiveness in elevating fundraising capacity through strategic Board development and building a culture of philanthropy.
•    Provide appropriate leadership and build effective partnerships to the Arvada Center’s collaborations with state and regional organizations and venues, including raising its stature and profile within the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
•    Communicate and interact effectively with leaders from government, quasi-government, news media and civic and community groups, including artists, vendors and citizens.
•    Present information and participate in discussions with the City Council, the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities, businesses, cultural organizations, community partners, citizen groups and other individuals on city-wide issues.
•    Maintain enriching and productive relationships with the Arvada Center, the City of Arvada, and the surrounding arts community and make efforts to understand changing trends and demographics within the region.
•    Lead and help establish a key position as a respected member of the greater Denver cultural and arts community.
•    Work collaboratively with key city and civic leaders to ensure that their educational programs are well-integrated among the organization’s original mission and strategic efforts.
•    Support the City’s strategic planning, business strategy and economic development with expert knowledge and counsel in arts management practices, planning and procedures, including various city committees as needed.
•    Act on behalf of the City Manager in absence, including assuming the duties of the City Manager, and represent the City Manager at meetings of professional organizations, public agencies, civic organizations and other official functions when directed.
•    Keep abreast of trends and activities in the local, regional and national arts communities and maintain a thorough knowledge of available regional and community arts resources.

The ideal candidate will possess most of the following professional and personal qualifications:
•    A strong commitment to advancing the Arvada Center’s vision, mission, core values and goals.
•    A minimum of seven to ten years of senior level experience in leading successful arts and cultural institutions, including experience with contributed revenue, strategic planning, nonprofit management, performance management, board relations, fundraising, marketing and communications.
•    An MBA, MPA or master’s degree in arts management or nonprofit management would be advantageous.
•    Ability to interact effectively with citizens, municipal leaders and government personnel in a positive and cooperative manner.
•    Demonstrated ability to bring strategic thinking and leadership in understanding fundraising potential and program dynamics to support a cause or mission.
•    Proven success in leading, managing, motivating and inspiring high performing teams with an open, approachable leadership style.
•    Excellent budgetary and financial forecasting and analytical and management skills, including an ability to manage and interpret contracts and legal documents.
•    Strong interpersonal, listening and motivational skills with an ability to generate enthusiasm among all major community and regional stakeholders.
•    Possess experience in marketing, advertising and public relations activities, including driving growth in ticket sales, audience participation and associated revenues.
•    Excellent communication skills with an ability to inspire, including strong written, verbal and presentation skills.
•    Ability to travel as necessary and support Center program and activities; the incumbent is required to obtain or hold a valid Colorado driver’s license.

The City of Arvada has engaged Campbell & Company to conduct a national search for their Executive Director. The City of Arvada offers a highly competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package. To be considered for this opportunity, please send resume to:

Dan Nevez
Consultant, Executive Search
(P) (312) 896-8901
One East Wacker Drive, Suite 3350
Chicago, IL 60601

The City of Arvada is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer