Steven Koehler 
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Re: “The Power of Nice

Like many who have worked in Richmond at one point or another, Bruce helped launch my career. He and Phil gave me opportunities both as an artist and an administrator. Without his leadership, kindness, and talent, I do not think I would be where I am. I also have always felt, that among many other remarkable talents, he is one of the most solid directors I have ever worked with. I have always known what to expect when working with him, shows are always well directed, inspired, and it was always a pleasure. I wish him the best as he moves to the next phase of an amazing career, and am glad to have been a part, in some small way, of the past 40 years. I only hope that I can have a fraction of the impact he has had.

Posted by Steven Koehler on 05/27/2015 at 5:36 PM

Re: “No Piersol, No Peace

I agree with Rick. I have been Managing Director of theatres for 9 years, most of which have been experiences with a healthy relationship with a good Board of Directors, but some of which were not.

I do not see how Carol could go back and form a good trusting working relationship with the current Board. Does that mean they are horrible people, or even bad individual Board members? Of course not. Anyone who has worked with a Board of Directors realizes that even a simple change in the make up (not complete overhaul) can radically change the effectiveness as a Board, and the relationship with the staff.

The organization is what is important. In this case that seems to rest more on Carol than on the Board of Directors. Carol is the heart and soul of FTP. If there are issues with management, the Board and the staff need to work those out. This can involve tough choices, changes and often some hurt feelings, but again it is all for the organization. None of this can happen without a good relationship between Board and Staff, and I do not see how that can happen at this point no matter the decision on Carol's future with the organization.

In the end, Firehouse Theatre Project is no more the property of the Board than it is Carols. As a non-profit corporation it is "owned" by the public. We have laws that allow FTP to exist with a lot of tax breaks, and the ability to accept charitable donations. The public is speaking about their desire for FTP's future to be under Carols direction. Through the public protests, the meeting at the November and through boycotting.

Whatever the ultimate result of this is, FTP will need the support of many. A public relations nightmare such as this will have a long lasting impact on public perception. Whoever end up "winning", Carol or the Board, will have to work hard to set the general public's minds at ease. Assure everyone that their donations are being stewarded properly, that the mission is being fulfilled, and that the organization is in the best hands. 250 people will not maintain a sustainable theatre. FTP needs these theatre artists to be sure, but much more is needed to continue the success. I wish Carol the best, and I wish FTP the best, there is a long road ahead for both.

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Posted by Steven Koehler on 12/23/2012 at 12:28 PM

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