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Kimberly Motes

Kimberly Motes Named Managing Director of Children’s Theatre Company

The Twin Cities native returns to the arts sector after spending five years working in higher education.

MINNEAPOLIS: Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) has named Kimberly Motes as its new managing director. Motes, who will start on Feb. 29 succeeds Karen Bohn, the theatre’s former board chair. Bohn served in the position in an interim capacity after CTC’s previous managing director, Tim Jennings, became executive director of the Shaw Festival of Canada in Oct. 2015.

“I’m beyond thrilled to welcome Kim to the CTC family and back into the Twin Cities’ performing arts community,” artistic director Peter C. Brosius said in a statement. “She has proven herself a natural arts leader with a strong vision, prolific experience inside and outside of the artistic realm, and a proven track record for substantially growing organizational capacity. She has earned the profound respect from her colleagues locally and nationally from the arts sector and beyond. I look forward to our partnership as we embark on the next chapter of creating challenging and inspiring work for multigenerational audiences.”

Motes is currently the senior vice president for institutional advancement at the University of St. Thomas, a position she has held since July 2014. Prior to St. Thomas, Motes was vice president of institutional advancement for the College of Saint Benedict, and before she joined higher education, she spent 20 years in the arts in the Twin Cities and in Washington, D.C. She spent seven years as executive director of the Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts, and from 2009 to 2011, she served as managing director of Theater Latté Da in Minneapolis. Motes also served as director of development at Arena Stage for five years. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Benedict, and currently serves on the board of directors of Theater Latté Da and the Minneapolis Downtown Council.

“It is a full circle moment for me personally,” Motes said in a statement. “The first theatre production I ever saw as a child was at Children’s Theatre Company, and it sparked an interest in the arts that has been lifelong. It is gratifying to know that I can contribute to creating that experience for future generations.”

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