Staff Spotlight: Ariel Bradler

Learn more about our Executive Director!

1. What does a day as ED look like?
As vague as this sounds, it depends on the day and the size of the organization. Some days it’s about cultivating donors, some days it’s about building programming, and sometimes, because we inhabit an old building, it’s about plumbing. I think for every organization, it is a careful balance of thinking and planning for both present and future and to consider how we can take steps now to ensure we are living our greatest potential in 5 or 10 years.  Much of my day is spent in connecting with people and hearing how TPS can work best for this community. We have a unique moment to refocus our mission and vision, analyze what’s working and what’s not, and have our membership and stakeholders help us grow the organization into a meaningful part of the theatrical ecosystem of the region. 

2. What was the first play you ever saw?
My mom was really good about getting my brother and I out to see plays and visit museums when we were kids, so it was probably something at the local Fine Arts Center in Colorado Spring. However, the first play I remember that made me realize this was the community I wanted to belong to was Rent when I was 16. We had a chance to see it as part of a school trip right after it opened on Broadway. The band was on stage (always love this), and the abstract set was a new and exciting opportunity for storytelling concept I hadn’t seen before. The show swept me away.

3. You’ve been here for almost a year. What are you most proud of?
We have built such a great team. It is always such a pleasure to be in the office and know that the staff and board are committed to the community and working as a trusted and cohesive team. I am really proud that the office environment is one of openness and honesty and that we’ve created a good rhythm in a fairly short time of knowing each other. 

4. What are you excited to tackle next?
Too many things, I’m just trying to focus on stabilizing and getting us a new website which will make many of our current processes, much easier. 

5. What are some things people might not know about you? 
I’m a pretty decent cook and my love language is food which means you can almost always assume there will be treats involved in public gatherings. (Like the Public Membership Meeting March 18th!) I LOVE a good pun and get really irritated by bad ones (ask anyone on staff about that infamous calendar page). I especially love when people sneak them into official communications. You will always win my heart with a punny subject line, promotional email or a good kid joke…like this one… What did the 0 say to the 8? – Nice belt. 

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