Transition & Commitment

A Message from Interim Executive Director Zhenya Lavy

For 17 years and 4 days, Karen Lane served at the head of Theatre Puget Sound – first, as rental manager (and first employee) for the fledgling organization; finally, as executive director of a vital service “Institution.” In the three months since her departure, I’ve heard many people say Theatre Puget Sound and Karen Lane are inseparable for them and they cannot think of one without the other. Although the conflation would make Karen uncomfortable, it is understandable. Karen frequently was the first person a new-to-Seattle artist connected with in our theatre community. She has welcomed people, shared resources and ideas, and facilitated first connections for their local network.

This is how I met Karen, in a March 2000 interview for a contract job editing TPS’s first newsletter, in her spare, end-of-the-hall office no bigger than a storage closet. She hired me and rapidly became my first friend in this city, and it has been my privilege to support her and TPS with a steady stream of behind-the-scenes work ever since. In September, Karen succeeded in her years-long stratagem to hire me. We envisioned a long partnership leading TPS into its next twenty years.

Karen Lane and Zhenya Lavy at the 2016 Gregory Awards last October.

 

But we know what they say about best-laid plans of mice and (wo)men.… In November, Karen’s tenure at TPS ended.

There are no handbooks for life or organizational change. Some endings roll-out over years, others catch us by surprise. Some things are handled well, others – in retrospect – could have been handled better. Ours is no different. Throughout, the staff, Board, and I have done what we believed was best given the circumstances of each moment. This executive transition has mostly been quiet, purposefully played out in private moments and actions not to engender suspicions about secrecy or conspiracy but to respect the very confidential and personal nature of what was happening. At the time a public announcement needed to be made, there simply wasn’t much we could say.

I’d like to change that now.

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Spring Newsletter

March 2017

Issue No. 5
March 2017

Editor: Catherine Blake Smith

‘Transition & Commitment’ A Message from Interim Executive Director Zhenya Lavy

For 17 years and 4 days, Karen Lane served at the head of Theatre Puget Sound – first, as rental manager (and first employee) for the fledgling organization; finally, as executive director of a vital service “Institution.” In the three months since her departure, I’ve heard many people say Theatre Puget Sound and Karen Lane are inseparable for them and they cannot think of one without the other. Although the conflation would make Karen uncomfortable, it is understandable. Karen frequently was the first person a new-to-Seattle artist connected with in our theatre community. She has welcomed people, shared resources and ideas, and facilitated first connections for their local network.

This is how I met Karen, in a March 2000 interview for a contract job editing TPS’s first newsletter, in her spare, end-of-the-hall office no bigger than a storage closet. She hired me and rapidly became my first friend in this city, and it has been my privilege to support her and TPS with a steady stream of behind-the-scenes work ever since. In September, Karen succeeded in her years-long stratagem to hire me. We envisioned a long partnership leading TPS into its next twenty years.

But we know what they say about best-laid plans of mice and (wo)men…. In November, Karen’s tenure at TPS ended.

There are no handbooks for life or organizational change. Some endings roll-out over years, others catch us by surprise. Some things are handled well, others – in retrospect – could have been handled better. Ours is no different. Throughout, the staff, Board, and I have done what we believed was best given the circumstances of each moment. This executive transition has mostly been quiet, purposefully played out in private moments and actions not to engender suspicions about secrecy or conspiracy but to respect the very confidential and personal nature of what was happening. At the time a public announcement needed to be made, there simply wasn’t much we could say.

I’d like to change that now…

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New Staff Highlight: Jeanette Sanchez
Facilities Program Assistant

We are thrilled to formally introduce Jeanette Sanchez, who joined the Theatre Puget Sound staff in October. While part-time opening in facility coordination brought her to us, we have transitioned her to a full-time, expanded role that more fully applies her skills and expertise. As Facilities Program Assistant, Jeanette is your primary contact for rehearsal space requests and performance contracting. Already she is reinvigorating and clarifying our daily space management and maintenance procedures, as well as our adopt-a-studio program through which organizations earn studio credit. Her communications initiatives include improved in-studio signage and information, and she will launch a newsletter for facilities clients in 2017.

Among her early projects has been reorganization of the TPS library–watch for news about holdings and availability of this space for meetings or other table sessions–and she has been integral to the final phases of development for our new, web-optimized studio booking and payment system, which will be rolled out in the next month. As the new booking system frees up time in her workload, we will continue evolving Jeanette’s role for improved, strategic office and program integration.

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Find your Inner Monster at Seattle Fringe Festival!

March 23 through April 1, SFF takes over four TPS venues in the Seattle Center plus Eclectic Theater on Capitol Hill. How many of the 34 exciting shows will you packing into your viewing schedule?! Tickets are just $10-$15 dollars! Hurry, your inner monster will thank you!

And if you want to see any of the shows again, you’re in luck because your Best of Fringe votes will help determine who gets featured on TPS Stage @ Bumbershoot Labor Day weekend!


The Impact of Review Sites on Cultural Organizations

Learn from the best! Kent Whipple (Advisory Board Member, Yelp; Marketing & Development Director, Unexpected Productions) will talk about the free tools Yelp offers business owners, managers, and marketers to manage your online reputation, and the most effective ways to use Yelp to build relationships with potential audience members and grow awareness and hopefully revenue for your TPS member organization.

Saturday, April 22
10 am to noon
TPS Studio B
Free to TPS Members
RSVP on Facebook

Forward this info on to someone you think might benefit from attending this workshop! Tickets for non-members are $10 and available at BPT.


Mission Critical Coffee

Want to meet with Interim Executive Director Zhenya Lavy for a Mission Critical Coffee? Let us know! Zhenya says, “I would love to sit down with you and hear your thoughts about what TPS is doing that works for you, what doesn’t, and how we can do better!” 

We’ll schedule a time convenient for you, and we’ll have a fresh pot of coffee waiting. Email tps@tpsonline.org to schedule. We’re also extending invitations, so you may hear from us anyways!

Thanks to the following people for participating in our early conversations:

Arlene Martinez
Ana Maria Campoy
Sara Porkalob
Carter Rodriquez
Tré Calhoun
Gianna Gargiulo


Revamped Headshot Days a smashing success!

You asked for access to more great headshot opportunities and we delivered! This year we negotiated with four great local photographers to offer you discounted images in time for UGAs. With such success, you can bet we’ll be back strong again next year with more amazing industry professionals!

Thank you to all our participating photographers for 2017:

Jennie Tucker
Rachel Alves
Michael B. Maine
Danielle Barnum

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New Staff Highlight

Introducing Jeanette Sanchez

We are thrilled to formally introduce Jeanette Sanchez, who joined the Theatre Puget Sound staff in October. While part-time opening in facility coordination brought her to us, we have transitioned her to a full-time, expanded role that more fully applies her skills and expertise.

 

Jeanette Sanchez at the 2016 Gregory Awards

As Facilities Program Assistant, Jeanette is your primary contact for rehearsal space requests and performance contracting. Already she is reinvigorating and clarifying our daily space management and maintenance procedures, as well as our adopt-a-studio program through which organizations earn studio credit. Her communications initiatives include improved in-studio signage and information, and she will launch a newsletter for facilities clients in 2017.

Among her early projects has been reorganization of the TPS library–watch for news about holdings and availability of this space for meetings or other table sessions–and she has been integral to the final phases of development for our new, web-optimized studio booking and payment system, which will be rolled out in the next month.

As the new booking system frees up time in her workload, we will continue evolving Jeanette’s role for improved, strategic office and program integration.

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UGA Orientation March 15

You’ve registered for TPS. You’ve signed up for UGAs. They’re coming in a few weeks! But which door do you enter from? How much time do you have? Let Shane Regan (Programs) and Catherine Blake Smith (Membership) answer all of your questions in this second UGA orientation. Although this orientation is best-suited to actors who will be auditioning this year, if you are ineligible in 2017 and want to learn more, you should join us!

Wednesday March 15
Center Theatre
Seattle Center Armory, First Floor

6:30 pm – Mix and mingle
7:00 pm – Shane will guide you through the UGA process from the actor’s point of view.
7:45 pm – Q&A

RSVP on Facebook

See you there!

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2016 Unified General Auditions – Auditor Survey results & Monologue Stats

Every year we allow our auditors to give feedback on what they liked/disliked about the annual Unified General Auditions.  Over 50 auditors filled out the survey – this is valuable information for future UGA actors, containing information about how best to prepare for your 2017 audition.

While this survey contains a lot of great information, each specific opinion should be regarded as exactly that – one person’s opinion.  Getting positions from 50 different casting directors means the results contain many contradictions – for example, one auditor may say “never do Shakespeare at the UGA” while another may say the exact opposite!

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Headshot Days 2017

Theatre Puget Sound is proud to announce the return of Headshot Days, a chance for TPS members* to have headshot photos taken by high-quality industry professionals for a discount.

Unified General Auditions are March 27 – 30

Act now to take advantage of this amazing deal!

*Headshot Days is a direct benefit of TPS Membership. You must be a current 2017 TPS Member to participate.

Photographers:

Scroll down for more information about rates and sessions offered. 

Ready for your closeup? Submit your request here.

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TPS Job Opening – Accounting & HR Clerk

Job Title: Accounting & HR Clerk
Job Location: Seattle Center, The Armory, 4th Floor
Posting Date: 01/10/2017
Closing Info: Open until filled. Priority given to applications received by Monday, January 23
Compensation: $15 – $22 / hour (DOE)
Employment Type: Part-time, FTE TBD
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Shift: M-F Business hours

Job Description

Theatre Puget Sound has an excellent opportunity for a part-time Accounting & HR Clerk. Theatre Puget Sound is a small non-profit organization advocating and providing services for nearly 2000 individual members and 200 organizations around the region. The ideal candidate will have strong familiarity with the GAAP, excellent writing and communication skills, and be highly organized and attentive to detail. Strong proficiency in QuickBooks and Excel required. Non-profit experience preferred.

Duties

  • Data entry
  • Process accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Manage bank, online accounts, petty cash, and general ledger reconciliations
  • Prepare/deliver bank deposits (requires driving)
  • Process bi-weekly payroll for 6-7 employees
  • Perform month-end closings
  • Prepare financial statements
  • Prepare monthly/quarterly tax filings
  • Prepare annual tax requirements: W2, 1099 (support CPA for 990)
  • Track fixed assets and grant schedules and prepare depreciation schedule
  • Support efforts to collect past-due accounts
  • Support ED in creation of year-end forecasts
  • Process benefits enrollments
  • Assist with new employee orientations and I-9 compliance

Experience, Skills and Attributes

  • Minimum two years’ experience in QuickBooks with medium to advance expertise preferred
  • Knowledge of GAAP
  • Experience processing payroll
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel
  • Attention to detail
  • Curiosity, finding information, and continuous learning orientation
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Problem solving and error correction
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Flexibility and desire to learn

Compensation

$15 – $22 per hour (DOE). The position is located on the Seattle Center campus. Includes a free TPS Membership. Does not include medical benefits. Staff development and training opportunities available for the right individual.

POSITION AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY.

TO APPLY

 NO PHONE CALLS.     

About Theatre Puget Sound (TPS)

The Northwest’s leading arts advocacy and leadership organization, TPS was founded in 1997 to advocate for the region’s growing theatre community’s causes and administer much-needed services for artists. With a membership of more than 1800 individual and 145 organizations, we provide programming and services that benefit both the theatre community and the larger regional arts community. Our mission is to promote the spiritual and economic necessity of theatre to the public, and to unify and strengthen the theatre community through programs, resources, and services.

Diversity Statement

Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) is an equal opportunity employer committed to strengthening a more multicultural artistic community and the principle of diversity. TPS does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. TPS strongly encourages applications from historically underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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TPS Member Day

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We’re kicking off 2017 membership renewal by opening our doors for Member Day on Tuesday, December 13. Stop by the TPS office any time from 3 to 7 pm to

  • Renew in person–Ask all your burning questions!
  • Pick up a TPS-branded pint glass–Only $5, and we’ll fill it with wine or beer while you’re here!
  • Get $5 off for bringing TPS new referrals–Introduce a friend to us when you renew!

When you renew your TPS membership, you make it possible for TPS to maintain and operate deeply subsidized rehearsal and performance venues for artists at the Seattle Center, plan and host The Gregory Awards, send you information about local auditions, provide professional development workshops, and do important community-building and advocacy work on behalf of all performing artists.

But WHERE is the TPS office? The TPS office is on the 4th floor of the Seattle Center Armory, across from the elevator. Our office is the in the middle of the hallway. Can’t wait to see you there!

Can’t make it to Member Day but ready to renew? Start here!

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TPS Announces Change in Leadership

Theatre Puget Sound

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Theatre Puget Sound Announces Change in Leadership

SEATTLE, Washington, December 7, 2016 – Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) is entering a period of leadership transition. Longtime Executive Director Karen Lane, who has been with the organization almost from its founding, is no longer with TPS as of November 30, 2016.

In announcing this change, Board President Karen Lund says, “We are extremely grateful for the seventeen years of service provided by Karen Lane, and we wish her nothing but success in her future endeavors.”

Founded in 1997 to advocate for the region’s growing theatre community’s causes and administer much-needed services for artists, TPS has become a Northwest leader in arts advocacy, programming, and services that benefit both the theatre community and the larger regional arts community and now represents more than 1800 individual and 145 organizational members across the region’s performing arts sector.

To guide this organizational change, the TPS Board has appointed a subcommittee led by Tony Beeman and Agastya Kohli. Additionally, the Board has tapped Deputy Director Zhenya Lavy, whose affiliation with TPS began in March 2000 and has included serving as a contractor for grants and special projects, will serve in the role of Interim Executive Director.

TPS serves a twofold mission: To promote the spiritual and economic necessity of theatre to the public, and to unify and strengthen the theatre community through programs, resources, and services. That mission and TPS’s goals, and our strategic vision remain as vitally important to our community as ever, and the TPS office stands ready to serve its members, member theatres, and the greater Seattle Arts community.

Contacts:

Tony Beeman – beeman@gmail.com
TPS Board Secretary and Transition Committee

Agastya Kohli – agastyak@gmail.com
TPS Board Member and Transition Committee

Resources:

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Piano Repair & Maintenance Fund Campaign

Did you know? TPS has TEN pianos in our rehearsal and performance spaces!

These pianos are used by members and facility clients on a daily basis and as anybody who has ever laid hands on them can attest, they are ALL in dire need of restoration, repair, and regulation. Repair and/or replacement of our pianos is one of the most frequent requests we receive.

TPS Piano Repair & Maintenance Fund Campaign from Theatre Puget Sound on Vimeo.

And we’re taking action now! This is what TPS needs your help to do.

  1. Restore the inner parts of the piano. Work on the action includes replacing missing parts.
  2. Repair and reinforce the exterior cabinetry. These pianos have taken a lot of abuse!
  3. Once the pianos are in usable condition, we will regulate them on a routine schedule, with tuning and other regular care.

And thanks to ingenious scheduling by TPS Technical Director Rex Carleton and piano technician Mike Gill, we are able to complete this work without ever having a studio absent a piano—and we’ll proceed one piano at a time as quickly as funds are raised. Every donation to our Piano Repair & Maintenance Fund Campaign will be put toward this work so we may provide you, our valued clients and members, with quality resources to create your art.

We have a set a goal of $6,000 to be raised between now and the end of the year for the restoration, repair, and regulation project. 

We’ve already started on the Yamaha in Studio D. If you rehearse in there, try it out and hear the difference!

Once we have raised the initial $6,000, we will push toward our STRETCH goal of $13,000. The additional $7,000 will be enough to purchase 1 to 2 new-to-us pianos in good condition, to replace some of the worse-off pianos.

Join us as we kick off our long-waited Piano Repair & Maintenance Fund Campaign on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

Donate here to our Generosity campaign. But remember! November 29 is only the beginning! You can donate from now until the end of the year toward to the TPS Piano & Maintenance Repair Fund. Please include this worthy and much-requested cause in your end-of-year giving plans.

On behalf of all the pianists and vocalists and musicians who count on our studios for their musical rehearsals, TPS thanks you!

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