Maggie Larrick & Eric Dickman To Direct Burien Little Theatre

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At the February 2009 Board of Directors Meeting, the Burien Little Theatre (BLT) took a major step toward its reorganization and sustainability by announcing some big changes.

To meet the organization’s stated goals, President and Vice President of the Board of Trustees Maggie Larrick and Eric Dickman stepped down from the BLT board at its February meeting. Following these resignations, Trustees Steve Cooper and P. Diane Major were elected Interim President and Vice President, respectively, of the Burien Little Theatre Board of Trustees.

Maggie Larrick

Burien Little Theatre and the Capacity Partnership
Over the past 12 months, BLT through a Capacity Partnership grant, worked with Liz Heath from The Nonprofit Center to create recommendations and action items intended to strengthen the organization. Burien Little Theatre was selected to participate in this program by the city of Burien, because of the essential nature of services BLT provides and the commitment by the city to its focus on sustainable arts. The result of this work was the Burien Little Theatre Capacity Project Report, which was presented to the Board of Trustees at the January 2009 meeting. Among the recommendations was a goal “to establish a clear governance group that focuses on the key leadership areas of planning, budgeting, policy setting, financial and program oversight, fundraising and board development.”

The Managing Director and Artistic Director have been charged by the Board to oversee the daily operations and the productions of the theater, fulfilling BLT’s mission of Better, Live Theatre™. By separating the day-to-day operations of the theater from its governance, Burien Little Theatre will be structured to operate in a manner conducive to its continuing growth.

Eric Dickman

The Board of Trustees will now focus on structural and sustainability issues facing Burien Little Theatre. The Board faces many challenges including the possibility of BLT losing its home stage of over 29 years when a new community center is built. Currently the plans for the new Burien Community Center do not include a space adequate for theatrical productions. Another major focus for the Board is the recruitment of new board members to fill the vacancies created by this change and to ensure the sustainability of this unique and historic organization.

About Burien Little Theatre
Community-based theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Little Theatre (BLT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas. Burien’s Little Theatre Mission is to make every audience member’s experience at BLT a welcoming, lively and fun escape from the everyday world, beginning the moment they walk in the door, by providing high-quality, accessible and exciting theater. 
BLT is a non-profit 501c3 entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations and volunteers.

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