ADDISON, TEXAS: WaterTower Theatre (WTT) has announced that managing director Gregory Patterson will depart the company on Sept. 30. A transition team, including the new artistic director Joanie Schultz, will manage the theatre’s operations until a new managing director is named.
“Greg has been instrumental in the transition that brought me to WaterTower Theatre, and in laying a foundation for our future successes as a vital artistic institution to our community,” said Schultz in a statement. “I am eternally grateful for his partnership and navigation in my first months here at the theatre. We are excited for his next chapter and our own, as WaterTower is about to launch my first season as artistic director, and moving towards an exciting artistic future.”
Patterson joined the company in 2008 as the director of development, and was promoted to the director of development and marketing in 2010. He was named managing director in 2016. Prior, he held positions in development, marketing, and communications at the National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre, English National Ballet, Los Angeles Opera, the Atlanta, San Jose Repertory Theater, the Laguna Playhouse, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and the Dallas Theater Center.
“I’ve so enjoyed my nearly 10 years here at WaterTower Theatre,” said Patterson in a statement. “My tenure at WaterTower Theatre has been the happiest time for me professionally. Over a year ago, when WTT was embarking on the search for a new artistic director, I committed myself to ensuring the transition from Terry Martin to Joanie Schultz would be as smooth and easy as possible, and to play a role in setting the company on the right path going forward. I always knew that after that transition was completed, it would be time for me to look for new and exciting life adventures, and that time is now. I love WaterTower Theatre and all the donors, board, and staff who have made this company so successful during my 9-plus years of service. WTT has an exciting, bright future with Joanie at the helm and I couldn’t feel more pride and confidence in this great Company than I do at this point.”