SEATTLE: Intiman Theatre has selected Wesley Frugé to be the next managing director, succeeding Amy Zimerman. He will lead the organization alongside artistic director Jennifer Zeyl and board chair L.B. Morse.
“I am so excited to fully partner with Wesley in leading Intiman,” said Zeyl in a statement. “We have partnered through so much change and growth for the company in the past three years. Guided by Wesley’s ‘yes, and’ collaborative attitude and strategic mind, Intiman will continue to play our strongest hand well into our next evolution.”
“The Intiman board of trustees is thrilled to welcome Wesley to the role of managing director,” added Morse in a statement, adding that he will “be responsible for executing the strategic plan he was so intimately involved in creating. His deep love for the organization and his years of service as our development and communications director make him a phenomenal fit for his new position, and we are very excited to collaborate with him as Intiman continues to grow.”
Wesley Frugé is a director, producer, marketer, fundraiser, event planner, community organizer, and administrative professional from Houston. He moved to Seattle in 2013 after living in New York City for eight years. Frugé has been with Intiman since 2019, when he joined as a consultant to develop the Free For Everyone access program, and was hired full-time in August of that year as development and communications director. In that role, he raised over $2 million for the company through multiple fundraising initiatives and events. He led the community-engaged strategic planning process in 2020, created more than 10 virtual events for the theatre, and refined Intiman’s online presence and messaging.
Frugé has worked in professional theatre for more than 20 years and has served as an arts administrator for the last decade. He was the founder and artistic director of Forward Flux Productions which produced new work from women and BIPOC artists in Seattle for five years. In addition, he is active in the LGBTQ+ community, where he co-founded and is the executive director of BeautyBoiz, creating live events and media by and for the Queer community.
Intiman Theatre is is the professional theatre-in-residence at Seattle Central College. Intiman aims to use the power of story and education to activate dialogue, confront inequity, and build collective joy. As of 2019 Intiman’s budget was approximately $1 million.
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