FRANK BUTLER, PRODUCER: Every spring for the last 18 years or so, I have made my annual pilgrimage to the professional job fair of one of the premier theater training institutions in the country, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
During my tenure as Production Manager for the Guthrie, I hired several staff from these graduating classes at UNCSA (some of whom still work there) and I have found the quality of their student’s skills and professionalism to be exemplary year after year. In my transition from the Guthrie to Mainspring I felt that UNCSA might continue to be a resource of talent and production resources.
This year I attended the job fair with one of my Mainspring partners, Trish Santini, to meet with the leadership of their Design and Production department and discuss a collaboration between our two organizations. We are currently considering a range of opportunities and I look forward to sharing more as these ideas come to fruition.