ARTISTS REP ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP SUCCESSION PLAN: KISHA JARRETT NAMED MANAGING DIRECTOR
J.S. MAY, WHO PREVIOUSLY HELD THE TITLE OF MANAGING DIRECTOR, ASSUMES NEW TITLE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; DÁMASO RODRÍGUEZ, NAMED EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
PORTLAND, OREGON – January 11, 2021 The Board of Directors of Artists Repertory Theatre announced Kisha Jarrett as Managing Director, as part of a succession plan to ensure a smooth leadership transition following the planned retirement of Managing Director J.S. May as early as 2023. This structured succession plan is modeled after similar processes at academic institutions, sometimes known as Targets of Opportunity, where internal candidates are identified for positions anticipated to be opening in the future. The intention is to select a candidate from within the organization, developing them for the leadership role and, following an evaluation by the board of directors, filling the position without an external search. J.S. May, ART’s current Managing Director since 2018 announced that he will be stepping down in 2023 following the completion of ART’s capital campaign to revitalize its existing facility at 1515 SW Morrison Street.
I believe Kisha is poised to be an inspiring leader for ART
Jarrett, previously the Director of Development and Marketing, began her tenure at ART in 2016 as the Annual Fund and Events Manager in the Development department before shifting to the senior management role of Marketing Director. Restructuring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic saw Jarrett’s role expand to include management of a merged Marketing and Development department. As Managing Director, she will assume further expanded oversight of the company’s audience development, communications, fundraising, and administrative operations while May steers the capital campaign, long-term organizational advancement, and the transition to its new facility while supporting Jarrett in her expanded leadership position. To clearly define roles, May assumes the new title of Executive Director, continuing to report to ART’s board of directors alongside artistic director Dámaso Rodríguez, whose new title is Executive Artistic Director. Jarrett will co-report to May and Rodríguez, while maintaining a direct relationship to the Board of Directors. ART’s Board of Directors created a Succession Planning Committee to interview Jarrett and provide ongoing oversight, evaluation, and support during the succession process. The committee is currently composed of Board Chair Jeff Condit, Vice Chair/Incoming Board Chair Pancho Savery, and board members Erik Opsahl and Norma Dulin. Jarrett assumed her new title and responsibilities on January 4, 2021.