Mohon reassumes role as Theatre Victoria executive director for third time


May 27, 2012 at 12:27 a.m.
Updated May 28, 2012 at 12:28 a.m.

Scott Mohon just can't get enough of Victoria.

The theater buff is reassuming his title as Theatre Victoria executive director. This is his third time in the role.

"It's great to be home," he said from his office this weekend.

Mohon was executive director for four years before leaving in March 2010 for a job with Rhode Island's Newport Performing Arts Center. He returned in February 2011, but left in June of that same year for a position in Queens, New York.

"My job in Queens was purely administrative," he said. "My creative side started to wither. I resigned on a Tuesday and found out on a Thursday that this was free. So I applied."

Theatre Victoria board chairman Omar Rachid said he took word of Mohon's inquiry to the executive committee, and discussions didn't take long.

The committee voted unanimously to bring him back.

Mohon's business savvy, combined with his theatrical skill and knowledge of Victoria community theater, made him the right choice, Rachid said.

"He basically has the advantage over anybody that we could bring," he said. "He knows the community, the theater, the volunteers and all of the actors. We are excited to have him back."

The theater will boast a new landlord once Victoria College takes over, Mohon said, and plans are to work more with area school districts. But otherwise, he said, he plans to keep things running largely as they do now.

"The only change is things becoming better and safer," he said. "My goal is to enhance the product and the educational program. To take Theater Victoria into the schools."

Mohon, 48, has a deep history with the Crossroads.

He attended elementary through high school in Victoria and said he remembers his first community theater performance, a presentation of "The Little Foxes" inside what is now Greek's 205 Bar.

"I'm thrilled and overjoyed to be back," he said.

The community welcomed him back with open arms, Mohon said, but he admitted people had their jokes. Some noted that "third time's a charm," he said, while others asked how long he planned to stay this time around.

But Mohon said this time it's for keeps.

"Both feet are firmly planted in Victoria," he said. "I no longer have a foot across the state line."



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