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Theatrical Outfit Announces New Managing Director Vanya Foote

Foote will lead TO as it continues to grow its mission of starting the conversations that matter in the heart of Downtown Atlanta.

Theatrical Outfit Announces New Managing Director Vanya Foote

Theatrical Outfit has announced that after a nation-wide search, Vanya Foote has been named the new Managing Director at the company. Working in partnership with Artistic Director Matt Torney, Foote will lead TO as it continues to grow its mission of starting the conversations that matter in the heart of Downtown Atlanta - fueled by Mainstage Productions, the new works program Made In Atlanta, and ever expanding community outreach.

"I am thrilled to be joining the team at Theatrical Outfit as Managing Director," says Foote. "Since moving to Atlanta in 2017, I have followed TO's work and have been consistently impressed with their commitment to their vision and values. Their mission manifests both onstage and throughout the Downtown community impacting the theater industry on a larger scale. I look forward to bringing my experience to TO in collaboration with the talented staff and dedicated Board of Trustees to support the long-term vision and growth of this incredible organization."

Foote moved to Atlanta in 2017 with her family to serve as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Chamber Players, the region's premier chamber orchestra with a nearly 50-year history of performing traditional and contemporary works featuring unique instrumentations, and with a long-standing commitment to commissioning new works. Prior to this, she worked extensively in theatre. Foote was the Assistant General Manager at the McCarter Theatre - the Tony Award winning regional theatre in New Jersey with strong ties to NYC. She also managed logistics for large scale opera tours throughout the state of Virginia as the Company Manager of Virginia Opera.

"We are thrilled to welcome Vanya to Theatrical Outfit and are excited by the amazing breadth of producing and management experience she brings to the company," says Torney. "At a time when we are expanding our programming to include commissions, co-productions, artist residencies, and more live music at the Balzer Theatre, Vanya's skills are going to be crucial to our next steps as a company. Throughout the search process, the staff and Board of Trusties were impressed by both her kindness and her integrity, which align powerfully with the inclusive culture we are building at the theatre."

Vanya is thrilled to join Theatrical Outfit as their new Managing Director. She moved to the metro-Atlanta area in 2017 and lives in Smyrna, GA with her husband, Dave, and son, August. Prior to joining Theatrical Outfit, she served as Executive Director of the Atlanta Chamber Players, the region's premier chamber orchestra with a nearly 50-year history of performing traditional and contemporary works featuring unique instrumentations, and with a long-standing commitment to commissioning new works. Throughout her career, Vanya has held senior roles as the Company Manager at both The Weston Theatre Company (Weston, VT) & Virginia Opera (Norfolk, VA), and served as the Assistant General Manager at McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton, NJ). She has grown to specialize in operations management,

nonprofit accounting, grant writing, event planning, contract negotiations, and artist hospitality. Vanya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre

Management from Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL). Vanya also serves as President of the Smyrna Arts Council, Board Member of the Smyrna Education Foundation, citizen member of the City of Smyrna Arts & Culture Task Force and was a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission's 2018 Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta class.

Theatrical Outfit is proud to be Atlanta's second-oldest professional theatre, pursuing a mission to produce world-class theatre that starts the conversations that matter and helps create a community grounded in justice, equity, and dignity. We believe in authentic storytelling that creates a place to have conversations about topics that are relevant to our lives; produces unforgettable artistic experiences; and strives to reconcile the complex past of the South with an equitable future. We invest in Atlanta by telling the unique stories of our city; respecting its rich history while laying the foundation for its future; and contributing to an inclusive and strong community. We live our values by affording equity and dignity to each person in our community; honoring the legacy of our city, our space, and our art form; and serving and supporting those in need. Visit theatricaloutfit.org for more information.

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