After almost 30 years of practicing as an attorney and volunteering for community arts organizations on the side, Corridor-resident Nicholas Even has decided to let his passion for the theatre take over in a new career role – managing director for WaterTower Theatre (WTT). The WTT Board of Directors recently announced Even’s new position, which he began on October 1. He is now responsible for overall administrative management of the Theatre Company, as well as oversight of its finance, fundraising, marketing and communications.
“We are very pleased to have Nick join WaterTower Theatre to help lead the company into its next era of growth,” said WTT Board President Paul Shultz in a recent press release. “Nick brings extensive experience in non-profits arts leadership, a strong interest in theatre, and a personal history with WaterTower. Partnering Nick with Artistic Director Joanie Schultz is truly exciting for WTT.”
Joanie Schultz is looking forward to the new partnership as well. “I am thrilled to be partnering with Nick in leading WaterTower Theatre,” stated Joanie Schultz in the press release. “I believe that with his expertise and vision on the administrative side of our organization, we will be able to realize our long-term vision of supporting artists more deeply, and to create the most innovative and exciting theatrical work.”
“Since Joanie joined us in January 2017, WaterTower Theatre has generated significant excitement among audiences and artists in the Metroplex,” added Board Chairman Derek Blount in the press release. “We anticipate Nick and Joanie to constantly elevate each other and for WaterTower Theatre to reap the benefits of this incredible pair of leaders. Joanie will continue to bring her skillful artistic perspective to WaterTower’s stage offerings and other artistic programming, while Nick will work to expand our reach into the Metroplex and to build the support needed to achieve our artistic goals. The future is bright for this great Theatre Company.”
After Even graduated from Cornell College and Harvard Law School, he became an associate at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett in New York City. Later, he became a partner at Haynes and Boone in Dallas. During this time, Even also acted as legal counsel for individual artists and for arts organizations, including The Dallas Opera and The New York City Opera.
Even is very familiar with WaterTower Theatre as well. From 2005-2008, he served on the WTT Board of Directors as development committee chair from 2005-2007 and as president in 2008. Other roles he has served in arts organizations include vice president and nominating committee chair of The Dallas Opera Board of Directors, trustee of The Dallas Opera Foundation, vice president and grants committee chair of TACA’s Board of Directors, and the Second Thought Theatre Board of Directors. In addition, he was co-chair of TACA’s Custom Auction Gala in 2012, co-chair of The Dallas Opera’s First Sight/First Night events in 2014, and co-chair of Second Thought Theatre’s 2017 State of Mind fundraiser. He also received the 2017 General Director’s Award for Outstanding Board Service at The Dallas Opera.
“I am honored to return to WaterTower in the role of managing director at the beginning of Joanie Schultz’s first full season at the theatre, which will include two world premieres and three regional premieres,” stated Even in the release. “I believe theatre can be a powerful and transformative medium and that WaterTower has an integral role to play in Addison, DFW, North Texas and beyond. This Theatre Company is poised for amazing growth. I look forward to working with Joanie and the committed staff, board and volunteers of WTT to produce theatre of the highest quality and to expand the theatre’s commitment to the community at large.”
As the new managing director, Even is taking over the position most recently held by longtime WTT employee Greg Patterson.
“Successfully managing a non-profit arts institution requires a unique combination of experience and skills,” said Patterson in the press release. “It takes strategic fundraising experience, a finely developed marketing sense, exceptional financial acumen, and natural diplomatic people skills – all of which Nick Even possesses in spades. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Nick on many occasions, and when I learned he was to become WaterTower Theater’s new Managing Director, I couldn’t have been more excited. He is the perfect choice to lead the Company, alongside Joanie Schultz, into the future.”
WaterTower Theatre was founded in 1996, and is one of Texas’ leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas. The organization has played an important role as leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the local arts community through its commitment to hiring local artists.
The 2017/2018 WTT season will begin on October 13, with the regional premiere of Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill, adapted from the novel written by Jane Austen, and directed by Joanie Schultz. Later in the season, you can catch the world premiere of The Great Distance Home, conceived and directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi; the regional premiere of Elliot, a Soldier’s Story by Quiara Alegría Hudes; the world premiere of Bread by Regina Taylor; Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years; and the regional premiere of Hand to God by Robert Askins. The season will also include DETOUR, a four-day festival of new work taking place in March 2018.
Congratulations and good luck to Nicholas Even in his new job. We look forward to seeing the exciting things you do for WaterTower Theatre!