The Premiere Playhouse Completes Reorganization and Adopts New Vision Statement


Oliver Mayes, General Artistic Director of The Premiere Playhouse, announced that the nonprofit community theater organization in residence at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater Center has completed its reorganization, revised its mission statement and introduced a newly adopted vision statement. .

The new staff members are Rachel Smith who started on September 1 and takes on the role of Development Officer, and Pierce Humke who started on August 1 and takes on the role of Stage and Technical Specialist. In her role, Smith – a graduate of the University of South Dakota who brings expertise in high-stakes sales and event management – ​​works with Mayes to raise funds for TPP, coordinates TPP’s volunteer base and manages their special events. In his role, Humke — a Sioux Falls native and South Dakota State University graduate who brings a wealth of experience in technical theater and carpentry — works in the production department as lead stage manager and director. TPP technique.

TPP’s education coordinator, Alex Newcomb Weiland, has been promoted to production specialist in addition to retaining her role as coordinator of TPP’s educational programming. TPP’s accountant, Amber Sumner, has moved into a finance and office administrator role. Chris Berke, Graphic Designer/Web Developer formerly under contract with TPP, has officially joined the team as Web and Media Developer. Newcomb Weiland recently coordinated TPP’s educational programs and productions of Annie Jr. in partnership with the Penguin Project as well as Mary Poppins Jr. who showcased her impressive leadership abilities in Sioux Falls. In her new role at TPP, she works in the production department as Production Manager to ensure that all technical elements of productions are completed in a timely manner while serving as the main communication liaison for artists under contract to TPP. Sumner proved to be an asset to the financial and administrative operations of the organization, while Berke led the TPP charge in achieving attractive, thoughtful branding and user-friendly website design. Kristy Morris, a dedicated employee and long-time Playhouse volunteer, remains in her role as Ad Sales Assistant.

At their November board meeting, The Premiere Playhouse adopted a new mission statement that mirrors its previous mission statement but includes the addition of the word empathy – “We strive to create exceptional theater through education, empathy, accessibility, inclusivity and collaboration to enrich our community.” At this meeting, the Board also implemented a new vision statement for the organization: “Helping our community thrive by nurturing the artist in everyone and inspiring the arts in everyone, on and off stage. stage.”

Mayes states his excitement for the completion of the organization’s staffing as well as its new mission and vision statements: “Each day we move closer to achieving our organizational goals by clarifying the mission, vision and the values ​​of our nonprofit organization as well as our strategic execution of these efforts Our current TPP staff members are highly motivated and deeply talented individuals who have the mission of our organization at the forefront of their minds and hearts With the support of our passionate Board of Directors, we hope to achieve several milestones in the very near future.

In addition to The Premiere Playhouse’s organizational staff, several talented theater artists from throughout the Sioux Empire and surrounding areas are engaged to help TPP bring high-quality productions to Sioux Falls. Check out these amazing artists on the TPP website here.

Help The Premiere Playhouse reach their Season 20 fundraising goals by donating here! Season 20 4-show subscriptions are available here. Tickets for their upcoming annual production of A Christmas Carol at the historic Orpheum Theater are available here. Buy your tickets now before they are gone!


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