An e-mail from Eric Dillner, managing director of The Skylight [Opera Theatre] popped up on my computer at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday (6/16). Given the level of artistic achievement at the Skylight under Bill Theisen's tenure as artistic director, I can only say I'm as stunned as anyone:four other skylight staff positions have also been eliminated, including long-time company manager diana alioto.
Skylight Opera Theatre today announced a major administrative change as part of an organizational restructuring in response to the economic downturn.
The position of Artistic Director, held for the past five years by William Theisen, has been eliminated due to the economy.
there is a major effort underway by current employees of the skylight, actors, designers, and technicians who have worked for the company in the past, and patrons of the skylight, to express their utter disbelief that this could be the way to rectify this theatre company's financial woes.
if you would like to make your voice heard, you can
email the entire skylight board by clicking here.
UPDATE 6/17 – artsyschmartsy is reporting that a large group of skylight season subscribers are organizing to cancel their subscriptions in protest of theisen's firing:
If you are a Skylight subscriber and you wish to join the organized effort to cancel your subscription send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will forward your contact info on to the organizers and you can be included in this group effort.in addition, milwaukee journal-sentinal music and dance critic tom strini has requested that anyone interested in commenting "on the record" should contact him directly, or post responses to his blog.