Theatre Puget Sound Announces Departure of Sam Read, Deputy Director

January 30, 2013

Karen Lane;  (206) 770-0370


Read to Become Director of Advancement and Communications at Theatre Bay Area

Seattle, WA– Theatre Puget Sound, the Seattle area’s leading arts service organization for performing arts organizations, artists and audiences, announces the departure of Deputy Director Sam Read.  Read has accepted the position of Director of Advancement and Communications at Theatre Bay Area in San Francisco.  After nearly nine years of service, Read will depart Theatre Puget Sound effective March 13.

“Sam has been an invaluable partner in the development of Theatre Puget Sound and it is a great credit to his commitment to the arts and work in the field of audience development that this opportunity has been offered to him,” said Theatre Puget Sound Executive Director Karen Lane. “Thankfully, we will continue to be able to work with and learn from Sam as he joins one of our most highly regarded sister organizations, Theatre Bay Area.  However, his presence in our community will be deeply missed.”

Read has been heavily involved with the Seattle arts community, both as an artist and an administrator, for more than fifteen years. In addition to his work at Theatre Puget Sound, Read also worked with the Washington State Arts Alliance as well as co-founded and served as Artistic Director of Seattle’s Burnt Studio Productions.

During his time at Theatre Puget Sound, Read oversaw various areas within the organization including membership, programming, and fundraising.  In recent years, his work in the arena of audience engagement led to the creation of several of the organization’s most successful and innovative programs.  Most recently, he spearheaded the creation and management of Arts Crush, a month-long, multi-disciplinary festival that serves as a collaborative marketing and community engagement tool for the regional arts community.

“This decision is, without a doubt, bittersweet,” said Read.  “Theatre Puget Sound has been my community for nearly 15 years.  Prior to being on staff, I was an active individual/organizational member managing my own small theatre company. The nine years I have spent on staff at Theatre Puget Sound have been invaluable to me, both personally and professionally.  It has been such an honor to work with the artists, administrators, and audiences that make up this amazing arts community.”

Theatre Puget Sound leadership is currently taking this opportunity to evaluate organizational structure and staff roles and will issue a job announcement within the next few weeks.

About Theatre Puget Sound

Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) is a leadership and service organization founded in 1997 to advocate for the region’s growing theatre community’s causes and administer much-needed services. TPS is now one of the Northwest’s leading arts advocacy and leadership organizations, providing programming and services that benefit both the theatre community and the larger regional arts community. TPS has a two-fold 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.  TPS membership includes more than 1,700 individual artists and 140 performing arts organizations.  Furthermore, their Space for the Arts program, Arts Crush and educational programming serves more than 200 non-theatre arts organizations and innumerable individual artists annually.


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