Garry Marshall Theatre’s Board of Directors announced that Kurt J. Swanson has joined the new nonprofit’s leadership team as Managing Director.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Kurt to the Garry Marshall Theatre,” says Artistic Director, Dimitri Toscas. “His extensive knowledge of nonprofit development and theatre management is bolstered only by his first-hand understanding of the local community and what makes it tick. His leadership style is inspiring and he’s quickly become a valued member of our team.”
Swanson is the theatre’s first official Managing Director in its yearlong history after relaunching as the nonprofit Garry Marshall Theatre in the summer of 2017.
The role of Managing Director was created after the departure of Executive Director Sherry Greczmiel at the end of the inaugural season. Swanson will lead the organization’s charge in fundraising, infrastructure development and brand-building while guiding the theatre in the best-practice business principles that pertain to nonprofit live performance.
“I feel very fortunate to have been able to capitalize on my long-time performing arts and theatre background with my business and fiscal skills that have been honed over several decades,” says Swanson. “This is my ‘home town theatre’ since I’ve lived nearly two decades in the neighborhood and have always admired this performing space.”
Alongside the Artistic team of Dimitri Toscas and Joseph Leo Bwarie, Swanson will be a major player in the continuation of programming during the Garry Marshall Theatre 2018/2019 Season, which begins on Friday, October 12 with a new production of Real Women Have Curves by Josefina López.
Swanson’s appointment culminates a three-month search process, which considered a significant candidate pool from Los Angeles and across the country. The search was conducted by the Garry Marshall Theatre Board of Directors.