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ETC Names New Managing Director
March 14, 2016 – Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic, Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theater company, welcomes new Managing Director, Jill Seltzer. The new position will work in partnership with ETC’s Executive Artistic Director on the company’s next phase of development.
For the past 20 years Ms. Seltzer, now a nonprofit management consultant, has successfully provided leadership to non-profit organizations, with much of her work focusing on the creative arts. Most recently, Ms. Seltzer served as Executive Director of Screen Actors Guild Foundation where she expanded its StoryLine OnLine Literacy program to an international audience of 3 million views/month, and managed the design, construction and staffing of a new New York City Actors Center, complete with voiceover studio and computer lab.
As Vice President of Institutional Advancement for WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, Ms. Seltzer completed a highly successful $15M capital campaign and built a staff of professional fundraisers responsible for raising $3M in annual support. Prior to WBEZ, as Program Officer for the Weingart Foundation in Los Angeles, she led an $8M Orange Country grant-making program. In 2004 she founded Consultants 36, which supported nonprofits with management and operations, research and strategic planning and facilitation. From 1994-2004 Ms. Seltzer served as the Executive Director of the $150M Lloyd A. Fry Foundation in Chicago. She served for 8 years as Associate Director of the Prince Charitable Trusts, and was Director of Marketing for Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
“The Board is thrilled to have found, in Jill, someone so warm, engaging, and superbly qualified in nonprofit management and development, who will be able to shoulder some of the burdens Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox has had to carry alone,” comments Board President Paula Bruce. “We have worked a long time to fill this critical position, essential for ETC’s expanded scope of operations, and are excited that Jill will be working with our wonderful team to help us take ETC to the next level.”
“I’m looking forward to working with Jill as we continue to build the company,” said Jonathan Fox, ETC’s Executive Artistic Director. “Having Jill on board will allow us to develop new artistic direction and programs.”
Founded in 1979, Ensemble Theatre Company is Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theatre company. Under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, ETC has attracted accomplished performing artists from around the country. The 2015-16 Season is its third in the New Vic, ETC’s newly renovated 294-seat performing arts venue. ETC’s 2015-16 Season continues with Bad Jews (April 14 – May 1, 2016) and Noël Coward’s Fallen Angels (June 9 – June 26, 2016).