Friday, July 10, 2009

theisen's return "is not an option"

bill theisen has sent his reply to the skylight opera theatre board of directors:
In response to the Skylight Board of Directors invitation to return to the Skylight as its artistic director I want to say thank you- I am truly grateful to all of you. Having worked closely with many board members over the past five years I appreciate their commitment to the company and their support of the position of artistic director.

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 Skylight is a unique and vital arts organization, both locally and nationally, and I truly hope there is a way to move beyond this unfortunate situation and retain the heart of the Skylight as many of us know it.

Bill Theisen


  1. Is Bill still returning to direct? Under these circumstances, I should think it's time foe him to bow out of that, too.

  2. too little too late. i don't understand how they think they can turn back the clock and ask someone to collaborate once again with the very people who fired him (ie Eric Dillner and Suzanne Hefty). If this is what they wanted so badly, they shouldn't have fired him in the first place.

  3. would bill come back if dillner left? the choice should be clear...

  4. Excellent decision, Bill. Good for you.

  5. I always trust mnemosyne...but I repeat, is Bill coming back to direct the four shows?

  6. Jamie, respectfully, I don't think it is our place to question or try to influence Bill's decision to come back and direct shows this season. I know what it is to put the time into planning the directing of a show, and it seems clear that directing these shows for the 50th anniversary season means something to Bill. I think we should leave this aspect of the problem alone.


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