Thursday, February 19, 2015

Two New Faces at WCP before the 2015 Season Starts

by Chad Kinsman, Artistic and Management Coordinator

This February, we're looking forward to May more than ever! And not only for the warmer temperatures, but for the start of our 2015 Season on May 5th! And helping us prepare for the season are our two newest staff members, Director of Marketing Peter Chenot and Grants Writer Georgia Sayers. Get to know them a little better below, and keep an eye out for them in the lobby and at events throughout the year - they'd love for you to say hi!

 Photos by Kat Gloor

Where were you before starting at the Playhouse?

Georgia: For the past ten years I was a full time homemaker/mom devoting my time to my wonderful husband Scott and beautiful ten-year old daughter, Kayleigh. Prior to that I worked in development at Long Wharf Theatre, where I first worked with Michael Ross.

Peter: I have spent the last ten years toiling away at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, where I held many different titles, most recently as the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications. I am extremely grateful to my friends and colleagues there for the many experiences we shared, it was a great place to learn and grow as an arts professional.

What interested you about working at the Playhouse?

Georgia: Its renowned reputation, flexible hours, and of course the chance to work with Michael again.

Peter: I have been living in CT since college and have always loved and revered the Playhouse. What an incredible setting to see great theater and celebrate an unbelievable shared experience with friends and family! Its reputation is bar-none and the recent work by Mark Lamos and Michael Ross to take it to even higher levels was very attractive to me. I love working in an atmosphere of creativity and collaboration and, so far, every day has been filled with heapings of both.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Playhouse so far?

Georgia: My colleagues. The staff has been very friendly and welcoming.

Peter: As I alluded to above, it’s the people, hands down. For me theater is such an interesting career because it is the most collaborative of all art forms. To create a successful show you need to have people with myriad skills working on it. Everyone here at the Playhouse is passionate about what they do and I believe that will come through in every performance on our stage this season.

What are most looking forward to at the Playhouse in 2015? What are your goals for the year?

Georgia: Getting to know the staff better, seeing the scripts come to life, finding new funding partners, and raising money to supports Mark's vision.

Peter: I am most looking forward to meeting our Playhouse audience. When it comes down to it, they are the most important part of the art we create. I want to know their stories, why they come to see our plays, what their favorite memories from years past are, and what they are looking forward to this season. I’ll be around as much as I can this summer in the lobby or on the front steps before the show. Please come introduce yourself!

If you could rename your position based on your experience so far, what would you call it?

Georgia: Grant Writer/Reader. I have been doing a lot of reading – previous proposals and reports to familiarize myself with WCP history, productions and programs, and also reading the scripts for the 2015 season.

Peter: Director of Reading, Reading, and Reading. I have a lot to do to get up to speed before the season starts in May, most of which is reading marketing plans, reading all of this season’s plays, learning how to navigate and create new budgets, and keeping up to speed with current arts marketing practices through blogs and list-serves from my colleagues across the country. That being said, I love reading about all-things theater, so I’m happy.

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