WaterTower Theatre Appoints New Board Members

Find out who the new board members are

It’s that time of year again – time to appoint new board members at WaterTower Theatre (WTT)! This year, WTT elected nine new Board members as well as a new slate of executive committee officers.

The Board unanimously voted to install President Paul Shultz, Vice President Stan Graner, Vice President Grace Daniels, Treasurer Philip Longacre and Secretary Karol Omlor. In addition, Rosalind Benjet, Barbara Daseke, Buddy Frazer, Corky Pledger and Robert Mayer, Jr., were re-elected for their continuing terms as directors.

A few new faces were added to the Board this year as well. Nine new Board members were appointed: Bruce Arfsten, Nancy Brenner, Brian Ellard, Ornella Ellard, Timorthy P. Horan, Chistopher Mabile, Jennifer Martinez, Craig Sutton and Ron Whitehead. They will join current Board members Rosalind Benjet, Blake Clemens, Grace Daniels, Barbara Daseke, Buddy Frazer, Stan Graner, Philip Longacre, Robert Mayer, Jr., Kathleen A. Messina, Jimmy Niemann, Karol Omlor, Corky Pledger, and Paul Shultz.

“WaterTower Theatre’s future is bright” said Board President Paul Shultz, in a recent press release. “The combination of our new class of directors with the highly experienced remaining board members is a match made in heaven. We do wish, however, to extend our gratitude to the outgoing Chairman Derek Blount. Derek has provided outstanding leadership and guidance to our Board and the theatre for over a decade. His passionate and long-standing involvement has been an inspiration and a model to all of us. He’s been a great mentor to me and the Board and I will miss working with my friend.”

Blount, in the same press release, added, “”In my time serving on the Board of WaterTower Theatre, I’ve witnessed amazing stories told on our stage accompanied by equally incredible stories of the lives touched by this theatre. The company has almost doubled in size since I began, but despite that growth, the ‘WaterTower experience’ feels more intimate than ever. This sleepy theater company has evolved into a major part of the fabric of the DFW arts scene, and I could not be more excited for the future of the company with Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and new Managing Director Nick Even at the helm. My deepest gratitude goes to the phenomenal board members with whom I’ve served over the years. WaterTower Theatre is in great hands moving forward.”

Members of the WTT Board of Directors consist of leaders in the fields of business, publishing, education, law, finance, community activism, real estate and the arts, who volunteer their time and expertise on behalf of the organization.

“WaterTower Theatre’s Board of Directors led by Paul Shultz is one of the most highly effective and engaged non-profit boards I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” said Artistic Director Joanie Schultz in the press release. “The new class of directors and officers gives me such confidence going into my first full season with WTT, and I feel with the Board behind my vision, our future is bright.”

Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading professional theatre companies in Texas and flagship arts institutions in North Texas. It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence, and has a subscription base of more than 2,00 subscribers, with more than 24,000 patrons annually. Many WTT alumni are currently working internationally or on Broadway. More information about WaterTower Theatre, its current season, and the board of directors, visit its website.

Congratulations and good luck to the new board members and officers of WTT. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for the next season of shows!

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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