first the invitation, from the skylight board of directors:
At a full meeting of the Board of Directors last night, it was resolved to establish communications with Bill Theisen regarding the role of Artistic Director at The Skylight. The Board sincerely hopes Bill will agree to return to The Skylight as its Artistic Director for the company’s 50th Anniversary Season.considering it was only nine days ago that suzanne hefty and howard miller emphatically stated the "heartbreaking and difficult decision [to restructure the skylight business model] will not be reversed," this invitation is a huge, positive step in the right direction. there are obviously board members who don't agree with hefty and miller.
then there's theisen's response:
I am sad to say it is not an option for me to return to the Skylight in the capacity of artistic director under the current circumstances. I feel there has been a breach of trust and am quite certain that I would not be able to successfully continue my duties in the position.the ongoing online discussion about this response has been mostly financial: where does the skylight get the money to reinstate an artistic director position? while those discussions would undoubtedly be part of the communication the board is interested in establishing, theisen only speaks of "a breach of trust" and "current circumstances."
are those circumstances centered more around structure, logistics, and personnel, and less about salary? on first glance, theisen's response appears to be a flat out "no." but that's not what he said.
by analyzing the "board-speak" contained in the skylight's press release, it seems clear that this board is fractured. if those board members who see a glimmer of hope in theisen's response grab on and run with it, the skylight might just be saved yet.