MOUNT CARROLL, ILL.: Timber Lake Playhouse, Mount Caroll’s summer professional theatre, has chosen Dan Danielowski as its new executive director. Danielowski comes to the company with an extensive theatre background and more than 20 years of administrative and nonprofit experience.
He began his new job in December.
“After a thorough international search, we feel fortunate to welcome such an outstanding leader to our organization,” said Robin Wilhelms Saar, Timber Lake Playhouse board president, in a statement. “Dan’s commitment and enthusiasm is matched only by his experience developing impactful organizations. His expertise comes at a key moment for Timber Lake Playhouse as we move our organization forward and continue our recent strong growth and artistic excellence.”
Danielowski and artistic director James Beaudry have wasted no time in getting to work. The two are already putting together several initiatives, which include plans to improve facilities for the 50 artists who live and work at the theatre’s campus, more volunteer opportunities, changes to audience service and a new paid apprentice program for teens wanting to pursue a theatre arts career.
“I am dedicated to the arts and Timber Lake Playhouse because we provide a key role in supporting and developing opportunities for beginning artists and cultural enrichment that enhances our region’s quality of life,” Danielowski said in a statement.
The opening of Timber Lake’s 2015 season is coming soon, and includes Hairspray (June 4–14), directed by Zachary L. Gray; Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal (June 18–27), directed by Chuck Smith; Peter Pan (July 2–12), also directed by Gray; Greater Tuna (July 16–25), directed by Stephen Schellhardt; Big Fish (July 30–Aug. 9), directed by a.d. Beaudry; and Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Aug. 13–23) directed by Courtney Crouse.