Westport The Depot Theatre has started its search for the next managing director.
Depot Theatre board trustee Kim Reilly said that the search committee to find a person to replace outgoing manager Chris Casquilho has been put in place, but the search will last into the new year.
“We won't have a new managing director by the time Chris leaves, but we've hit the ground running,” Reilly said. “We have a search committee in place to conduct the interview process and welcome a new director as soon as possible. The board is excited to introduce both a brand new director and the spectacular season of productions we have planned in 2012.”
Reilly said that Casquilho and his family were an important part of the Depot community as well as the local.
“The family had a great presence in the community,” Reilly said. “What Chris has brought is a great sense of community. He brought a couple of new aspects of the theater that went out to the community and he was very involved, including in the chamber of commerce. We will miss his energy, knowledge and his presence in the community in general.”
Reilly added that Casquilho brought a lot of excitement to the position.
“He brought to the Depot Theatre a great, energetic personality that added a new dimension to the shows with his pre-show curtain talk banter,” Reilly said. “His skill set allowed him to be a jack-of-all-trades, from set building to marketing.”
Reilly said that, after Casquilho leaves, administrative tasks will be handled on an interim basis until the new manager is found.
“We will be posting his position in the trade magazines and locally during this week,” Reilly said.
Casquilho, who has been the managing director at the Depot since 2007, will be leaving at the end of the year to take a job as the administrative director of the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts at Weber State University, located about an hour north of Salt Lake City in the city of Ogden.
“We are thrilled that Chris has an opportunity like this and wish him well,” Reilly said.