Thursday, May 21, 2015

Meet Don Rebar, Our New Community Engagement & Digital Content Manager

By Chad Kinsman
Artistic & Management Coordinator

Our 2015 Season is off to a great start! The work you see on stage wouldn't be possible without our great staff supporting it (quite literally too, as the staff offices are underneath the building)! Joining us for our 85th Season of producing live theater is Don Rebar, our new Community Engagement & Digital Content Manager.

If you “like” us on Facebook, attend a pre-show event, or see our table at a community event, chances are you’ll be interacting with Don, so Artistic & Management Coordinator Chad Kinsman recently sat down with him to introduce him to our community.

Where were you before starting at the Playhouse? 

I worked as the marketing director at The Gateway, the oldest professional theatre on Long Island. In addition to my marketing duties, I helped to build arts education programs with local school districts.

What interested you about working at the Playhouse?

Many things!

I first learned a bit about the Playhouse’s rich history while researching actress Eva LeGallienne for a project on Long Island and was fascinated to discover that our green room is named in her honor. It’s a wonderful feeling to help carry on the Playhouse’s legacy, first forged by so many great artists throughout the years.

The Playhouse also has many community programs & events – such as our Sunday Symposium discussions & Together at the Table family dinners – which are intended to give our audiences in-depth access to live theater. In my experience, it’s rare to see an organization that is so focused on building personalized relationships with its guests.

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

While our staff has been so wonderful and supportive in welcoming someone new to the team, it’s also been a blast getting to know members of our community via our live events and social media channels.  Say hello to the Playhouse on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and I’ll say hello back!

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

I’m very excited to be working on this year’s Playhouse Initiative. As in years past, we’re planning a multitude of educational events and activities around our final production of the season: Arthur Miller’s “Broken Glass.” In addition to the themes discussed in the play, 2015 marks Miller’s centennial year. Since Miller was a Connecticut resident, we have a chance to reflect on the late playwright’s life and work on a large scale.

I bring up the initiative because, to me, the project is a great example of my goals.  I wish to play a role in helping our guests discover the world around us through the art of theater. I’m looking forward to finding moments which could lead to a greater curiosity or insight about the work that lives on the Playhouse stage.

If you could rename your position based on your first few month’s experience, what would you call it?

Resident Twit(ter)!

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