Change is in the air this fall for WaterTower Theatre (WTT)! After less than a year as Managing Director of WTT, Nick Even served his last day with the organization on August 31, 2018. WTT’s board of directors established a transition team comprised of several board members and Artistic Director, Joanie Schultz to transition WTT and establish the strongest foundation for the future. In the meantime, Schultz and Director of Finance and Administration, Delynda Moravec will continue to manage the theatre’s operations.
Even tendered his resignation to WTT’s board of directors on July 17, 2018, which allowed the company to conduct a timely transition between the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons.
“From the conversations across our community preceding the world premiere of Breadto the Spring Gala’s new mini-play tributes, it was a year with some memorable firsts for the theatre,” said Even in a recent press release. “I have made many lasting friendships over my long history with WaterTower and I wish it the best in the future.”
Paul Schultz, the president of WTT’s board of directors, said in the press release, “Nick’s leadership supporting Joanie’s artistic vision has propelled WaterTower Theatre to outstanding reviews. Joanie’s adaptions of classic plays as well as her focus on new works have received standing ovations and diverse audiences. I have enjoyed working with Nick and will personally miss his dedication and attention to all the details for success.”
After graduating from Cornell College and Harvard Law School, Even became an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, and then a partner at Haynes and Boone in Dallas. During his legal career, he was also legal counsel for individual artists and for arts organizations including the Dallas Opera and the Neq York City Opera.
Even joined WaterTower Theatre in October 2017 after nearly 30 years practicing as an attorney, while also actively serving as an arts community volunteer. However, this was not his first time to be involved with WTT. He also served on the board of directors from 2005-2008, as developmental committee chair from 2005-2007 and as president of the board in 2008. In addition, he has many years of experience serving the arts community in general. He has served as vice president and nominating committee chair of the Dallas Opera board of director, trustee of the Dallas Opera Foundation, vice president and grants committee chair of TACA’s board of directors, and a member of the Second Thought Theatre board of directors. Additionally, Even 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. Even recently won the 2017 General Director’s Award for Outstanding Board Service at the Dallas Opera.
In the press release, Joanie Schultz said, “Nick has been an inspired and passionate partner over this last year, leaving a legacy at WTT in fundraising, community engagement and contract negotiations. His exit gives the theatre an opportunity to take a holistic look at the organization and strategize to even better serve our community. We are excited for his next chapter and our own, as WaterTower’s board and staff look forward to our bright future as an arts institution that is aking a significant impact on DFW and beyond.”
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. WTT has played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists. In addition, WTT is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazineand The Fort Worth Star-Telegramamong others. It has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of more than 24,000 patrons each year.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, WTT relies on ticket income and generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and government organizations in order to continue to produce world-class, live professional theatre and to offer community engagement and arts education programs.
The next show you can catch at WTT will be “A Doll’s House,” which will be showing from October 12-November 4. This play is about a seemingly perfect couple, but is full of secrets, drama, blackmail and thrills that will have you on the edge of your seat. Tickets are available online or by visiting the box office.
Good luck to Even on your new endeavors! We are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for WaterTower Theatre; as always, we know it will be wonderful!