|Managerial changes afoot at Main Stage West in Sebastopol
Keith Baker, Managing Artistic Director (MAD), has announced his decision to take a hiatus from his managerial duties from Main Stage West in Sebastopol to focus on his teaching career. Baker has served in the capacity of MAD since the inception of MSW in April 2010.
During his tenure, he handled the company’s finances, managed the box office and front-of-house and oversaw the general maintenance of the theater. In addition, he performed in 12 productions, directed, designed and built sets. While on hiatus, Baker will remain a voice at MSW as an active member of the Board of Directors. He will also appear as the Aviator in the world premiere of David Templeton’s adaptation of “The Little Prince” in December. Baker has been a driving force in creating MSW’s theatrical presence in Sonoma County.
Beth Craven, Main Stage West’s Producing Artistic Director, says, “Keith has everything it takes to be a crackerjack arts administrator. Lucky for him, he has aspirations that are much more stable and secure. It has been a joy working side by side these last three years. I look forward to his return to theater with great eagerness. Of course we all know what an astonishing actor and budding director he is.”
In Keith’s stead, Sheri Lee Miller has agreed to come on as interim Managing Director. Miller is a founding member of MSW and comes to the company with decades of experience in theater management. She previously served as the Associate Artistic and PR Director for Actors Theater, Director of Marketing and Education at Cinnabar Theater, and the general manager of the Performing Arts Center at Napa Valley College.