Monday, October 3, 2011

Endstation's new additions and new roles

New Endstation Managing Director Laren Baum (left) with Endstation founders Krista Franco and Geoffrey Kershner

With the arrival of fall weather, some changes are in the air. After a successful 2011 summer season, Endstation welcomed some new faces to the team and expanded the roles of some familiar faces. As some may have read in our last blog post, we are very excited to welcome Michael Stablein Jr. as our new Associate Artistic Director. Along with this new position, we are adding a Managing Director to the team. Current board member, Laren Baum, is stepping into this role and we are very thankful for her time and skill. Laren has been an active volunteer for EC Glass Theatre and will bring her insight and organizational skills to our staff, only strengthening our ability to bring great theatre to Central Virginia. 

With the fall also comes our annual board officer elections. We are very excited to usher in our new board president, Peggy McFadden. Peggy has served on the Endstation board for the last year with her husband John. Peggy brings a dedication to the Central Virginia community, Sweet Briar College (her alma mater and her daughter currently attends the college), and to the arts. We are so pleased to have Peggy's leadership this year. Here is a link to Peggy and John talking about Endstation. Also joining the officers is our new vice president Rob Vaughn, our new treasurer Kay Wright, and serving as our board secretary is Laren Baum.  

Endstation is proud to add some new board members to the fray as well. We are pleased to welcome Beverly Jones and Niki White. Beverly is a retired Amherst County Public School educator and an active member of the community. Niki is a former child wrangler for the Broadway production of the Lion King and wife of Jefferson Forest High School's Director of Drama, Spence White.

As we head into this new era, I want to take the time to thank Steve Martin, our former board president. His service and leadership was invaluable. Luckily, we retain Steve as a board member. Exiting his position as the vice president and his role on the board is my father Bill Kershner (Chair of the SBC Theatre Dept.). Bill was an incredible board member, who directed Romeo and Juliet in our first season and was an invaluable ambassador for both the company and the college. We also want to thank Brian Ratliff (Amherst County Public Schools Superintendent) for his service to the board for two years. With Brian's help, Endstation's work was able to reach many area students. We are grateful to all of them for their time, commitment, and dedication to the arts and this community. Thank you.

Geoffrey Kershner
Artistic Director 

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