The Venables Theatre has a new person in charge.
The Oliver Community Theatre Society and Frank Venables Theatre announced Tuesday that Leah Foreman has been hired as theatre manager.
The position opened after previous theatre manager Deb Martin left the position in November.
“With over 20 years experience working in theatres and performance venues, Foreman is familiar with everything from large performance spaces such as Roger’s Arena in downtown Vancouver, to mid-size venues such as the Arts Club and very small companies like Green Thumb Theatre,” a press release from the theatre stated.
Foreman has also worked in numerous venues with professional artists in all disciplines from children’s entertainers, contemporary dance, dramatic arts and comedy, to all forms of musical presentations.
At times in her career she’s held a range of positions from stage manager and production manager, to operations manager, venue manager and promoter’s representative for major artists agencies, tours, festivals, venues, parades and even rodeos.
“We are extremely pleased to have Leah join our team as her love of all the arts, but especially the performing arts is very strong, and she backs that up with solid experience working in many aspects of theatre operations, production and presentation. And there’s a bonus – she’s actually from the Okanagan,” Tom Szalay, president of the Board of Directors of the Society said.
Foreman grew up in the South Okanagan and graduated from Osoyoos Secondary School before going on to get her Diploma in Stagecraft from Douglas College. She’s thrilled to be able to return to the Okanagan with her young family. Her new position as Theatre Manager at the Frank Venables Theatre begins April 1.