Theatre Victoria hires new executive director
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Name: Staci Robbins
Education: The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem
Family: Daughters Arlie and Meaghan Trowbridge; dog, Otis.
Previous Position(s): Contract director, artist, actor in residence, independent educational consultant - New Orleans and Phoenix
Staci Robbins started work Tuesday as the new executive director of Theatre Victoria.
She spent the weekend moving to Victoria from Phoenix as a contract director for the theater there.
Robbins and her dog, Otis, arrived on Sunday.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts graduate said this position is the perfect fit.
"This is what I've been waiting for, for a long time," she said. After years of traveling, she wants to have a job with stability.
As a child growing up in Virginia, she was a history buff and a child performer.
Robbins has more than 25 years experience in the industry with marketing, fundraising, leadership development, event management, and teaching.
Her theater career has allowed her to work from New Orleans to Alaska, and even her home state of Virginia.
She is also a member of Actor's Equity, a labor union representing American actors and stage managers in the theater.
For the last several years, she's been a contract employee through the union.
Robbins has high hopes for the new position and wants to use her theater and business background to help the theater thrive.
"I want people to have an experience when they walk in the front door," she said.
Robbins said the arts are vital to the community.
The mother of two said she's passionate about arts education. She also said people can learn something about the arts whether they're 7 or 75.
Her strong desire for arts education appealed to selection committee members.
"She's committed to theater education, has a breadth of experience," said Karen Locher, who served as interim director.
Locher said she's been helping Robbins with the transition, by introducing her to staff and board members. They also attended Tuesday's city council meeting.
Omar Rachid, the president of the theater board, said he liked Robbins ability to connect with people, including volunteers and members of the board.
"She impressed me right away," he said.
She was chosen from 25 applicants.