Founded in 1951, The Rochester Civic Theatre is a non-profit organization that educates and enriches the adults and young people of Rochester and southeastern Minnesota through the production and presentation of live theater, music and dance.
JULY 2020 PRESS RELEASE
The Rochester Civic Theatre Company is starting a new chapter in their 69-year history. They have elected four new board members in an effort to return to a community theater focusing on local talent. New board president Emily Watkins, owner and editor of Rochester Women Magazine, along with Melissa Adams-Goihl, Missy Hagen, and Larry Sinak join existing board members Ginger Carson, and Debi Neville. “It’s exciting,” says Watkins. “We’re looking ahead and reimagining what the theatre can and should be. We understand it’s a vital part of the Rochester Community.”
The first order of business was to hire Rochester native, Misha Johnson, as the interim Managing Director. She has worked professionally in theatre for over 16 years, is the founder of Immersion Youth Repertory, as well as the Arts Trust of Minnesota, one of the groups that submitted a proposal for the Historic Chateau Theatre in 2019. Johnson says, "I look forward to this opportunity to press the reset button and put the civic back in the Civic Theatre. My goal will be not only to produce quality theatre with local talent, but to create a home for local performing arts groups and restore trust to the nonprofit.”
“We are excited to extend a warm welcome to the community to join us, whether it be as an actor, audience member, volunteer or donor,” says Watkins. “Bear with us as we work to make sure we are proceeding in the safest way possible.”
Theatres have recently been given the green light to open at 25% capacity, we are proud to pioneer a safe way to keep live performance going! Patrons are required to wear masks, and have their temperature checked before entering the facility.
Also: In the spirit of renewal and collaboration, RCT is opening its doors to other organizations in the area. Watkins says, “We have a beautiful building and want to take full advantage of it.”
“I do not take lightly the real work that is in front of us all, but I also take it with optimism and excitement,” Johnson states. “I believe in RCT and understand how important it is to the community it has served for generations. Serving them is the ‘why’ that will fuel us all on this new path forward!”
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