Greetings, Puppet Showplace Friends,
Cat Meilus and Roxie Myhrum here, checking in with you after an exciting summer season. While you were enjoying the Summer Puppet Adventures shows on our stage, we were having our own behind-the-scenes adventures as the theater’s new leadership team!
In July, the Puppet Showplace Board of Trustees voted to create a new Managing Director position and promoted Cat into the role from her position as the Operations Manager. They also voted to make Roxie’s position as Artistic Director full time, with increased leadership and fundraising responsibilities.
With a combined 9 years of experience at Puppet Showplace, we are both eager to tackle these new roles. Since 2010, Roxie has overseen massive expansion in our programming, from performances by international guest artists to Puppet Playtime shows for toddlers. Cat started at Puppet Showplace as a Box Office Associate in 2012 and quickly rose through the ranks to become the Audience Services Manager and then Operations Manager. She brings extensive experience working with our 24,000+ patrons, members and donors, and has an in-depth knowledge of our behind-the-scenes operations and reporting systems.
Our goal is for Puppet Showplace to become one of New England’s top cultural destinations. To do this, we need to invest in artists, infrastructure, and outreach. This summer, we have made improvements to our reporting systems so we can set targets and measure the impact of our work. We are now actively recruiting new board members and committee volunteers who can invest in the theater’s future and help us grow. We are also actively pursuing partnerships that will allow us to expand sustainably while reaching new audiences.
Every day, we are motivated by our amazingly talented artists and by the joy that families experience from seeing puppetry on our stage. We hope that you will become active members of the theater, helping us generate the resources needed to invest in extraordinary programming and conduct outreach to underserved communities.
We welcome your input and participation, and we look forward to seeing you as we continue on this exciting adventure!
Roxie – firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. Fun fact! Our puppetry partnership actually predates Puppet Showplace. The two of us first met while working on the Lyric Stage Company’s I.R.N.E. award-winning production of Avenue Q. We also both have an extensive track record working in Boston’s regional and fringe theater scene: Roxie as a director and puppetry coach, and Cat as a Production Manager and Stage Manager.