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October 20, 2011

National Arts Strategies Names Great Lakes Theater Executive Director Bob Taylor to List of 100 Leaders in New Chief Executive Program

Author: Todd Krispinsky

Taylor is one of only two leaders from northeast Ohio
that were selected to participate in the national program.

CLEVELAND, OH – After an extensive search and interview process, National Arts Strategies (NAS), recently announced a list of 100 leaders chosen to participate in its new Chief Executive Program. Great Lakes Theater’s (GLT) Executive Director, Bob Taylor, who also serves as the Executive Director of GLT’s partner company, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, was selected for the prestigious program.

The Chief Executive Program is a multi-faceted, two-year initiative designed to unleash the collective power of 100 of the top executive leaders in the cultural sector to solve problems facing the industry. These leaders will re-imagine what cultural institutions will be and how they can contribute to civil society. According to NAS, the 100 leaders chosen to participate in the Chief Executive Program were selected from a wide range of cultural forms, locations and perspectives. These executives have proven themselves to be effective, innovative, collaborative and open-minded, and were chosen from a pool of open applications and nominations from industry stakeholders.

“I am grateful to be a part of this program,” said GLT Executive Director, Bob Taylor. “This is a chance to work with my peers from across the country on issues that affect us all. I look forward to sharing the knowledge gained from this opportunity with my peers in the greater Cleveland community.”

The Chief Executive Program will explore the changing nature of competition, money and relevance through three multi-day educational convenings that will take place at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business and Harvard Business School. The Program will not only provide participants with opportunities for learning, innovation and collaboration, but will also publicly highlight their work to raise the level of discussion on the critical issues facing the cultural sector.

Evalyn Gates, the Executive Director and CEO of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, is the other Cleveland non-profit leader invited to participate in the program.

“Bob Taylor is among the Cleveland community’s most innovative arts executives,” stated Kathleen Cerveny, Director of Institutional Learning and Arts Initiatives with The Cleveland Foundation. “He has helped create a culture of eyes-open ownership among the Theater’s staff and Board, characterized by calculated artistic risk-taking and backed by solid financial and business planning, which has made Great Lakes a continuing success - particularly in these recent times of challenge for the arts.  His willingness to share knowledge and his ongoing thirst for learning and new ideas will make him an outstanding contributor to this high-level gathering."

Great Lakes Theater has brought the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience since 1962.  The first resident company of PlayhouseSquare, Great Lakes Theater programming reaches 85,000 adults and students annually.

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