The Children’s Theatre Company will have a new managing director effective Feb. 29, its board announced Tuesday. Kimberly Motes will succeed Karen Bohn, former CTC board chair, who stepped in on an interim basis when Tim Jennings left for another position in Canada last fall.
Board Chair Jeff von Gillern said in a statement, “[Kim] was unanimously chosen for her strong business acumen, theatre experience, an unmatched fundraising resume, and someone we believe can lead CTC in the advancement of its mission.”
Motes brings a wealth of experience and community connections to CTC. In her current position as senior vice president for institutional advancement at the University of St. Thomas, she grew contributed income by almost 22 percent in her first year. Before then she was vice president of institutional advancement for the College of Saint Benedict, her alma mater, where she doubled overall giving to $11 million annually.
Prior to her five years in higher education, Motes spent 20 years in the arts in the Twin Cities and Washington, D.C. She was managing director of Theater Latté Da, where she increased revenues by 48 percent, and executive director of the Cowles Center, known then as the Minnesota Shubert Performing Arts and Education Center. At the Cowles, she raised $34 million, including $12 million in state funding, for the renovation of the Shubert Theater and the development of the three-building performing arts center in downtown Minneapolis.
Motes began her career in Washington, D.C., where she held positions at the Washington Ballet, the Kennedy Center and Arena Stage.
Her new role “is a full circle moment for me personally,” Motes said. “The first theatre production I ever saw as a child was at Children’s Theatre Company and it sparked an interest in the arts that has been lifelong.”
CTC Artistic Director Peter Brosius said, “I’m beyond thrilled to welcome Kim to the CTC family and back into the Twin Cities’ performing arts community. … I look forward to our partnership as we embark on the next chapter of creating challenging and inspiring work for multigenerational audiences.”
Thursday at United Theological Seminary and Intermedia Arts: Opening night for “Faith [In]Action?” and “Hands Up Don’t Shoot – HER.” Two complementary multimedia exhibitions address the Black Lives Matter movement from faith and female perspectives. “Faith [In]Action” at United Theological Seminary examines how and why faith communities respond to the social and racial injustice at the hands of police. “Hands Up Don’t Shoot – HER” at Intermedia Arts raises longstanding questions about the value of the lives of black women. Recent deaths of black women killed by or after encounters with the police have not received nearly the level of attention or outrage as incidents involving male victims. The juried exhibitions include paintings, photography, digital and paper collage, video, poetry, music, sculpture and more by local and national artists. The opening reception (6 to 8 p.m.) will be at United on Thursday; the closing reception (5 to 7 p.m.) will take place at Intermedia Arts on Sunday, April 17. Both shows will stay up through April 17.
Thursday through Saturday at the Walker: Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort: “Germinal.” This year’s “Out There” festival closes with four individuals on a blank stage, starting the world from scratch. French artists Goerger and Defoort move freely between theater, performance and visual art, using mind-melds, pickaxes, microphones, electric guitars and four-part harmony to rebuild life as we know it. In French with English subtitles. FMI and tickets ($25/$22 members).
Opens Friday at the Uptown Theatre and the IFC Center: Oscar Nominated Short Films 2016: Animation. It’s fairly easy to see all of the Oscar-nominated features before the awards ceremony. Not the animated shorts. Often we’ve never heard of them until the titles are announced, the envelope is opened and the invariably large crew of winning animators hikes to the stage from somewhere near the back of the Dolby Theatre. For the past several years, the broadcast channel ShortsTV has been giving these little masterpieces their day on the big screen. This year’s reel of five nominees and four “highly commended” additional films vividly illustrates how quirky, funny, touching, perplexing, imaginative, horrifying and beautiful animation can be. One in particular, “Prologue,” is not for the kiddies – there’s a lot of violence, and full frontal nudity (drawn with pencils, but still) – so it will be shown last, with a pause before. Families with children can hustle them out. Here’s the Uptown’s schedule and pricing information, and here’s the same for the IFC Center. The Uptown is also showing the Oscar nominated live action shorts; the IFC Center is adding those and the documentary shorts. Check the websites FMI.
Friday at Orchestra Hall: Osmo Vänskä Conducts Future Classics. Seven emerging composers from throughout the U.S. are in Minneapolis right now, working with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts and the Minnesota Orchestra at the orchestra’s 2016 Composer Institute, a weeklong intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra. Their lives are a whirl of rehearsals, seminars and mentoring sessions. On Friday the orchestra, led by Vänskä, will perform Kirsten Broberg’s “Celestial Dawning,” Matthew Browne’s “Barnstorming Season,” Joshua Cerdenia’s “Magayon,” Emily Cooley’s “Scroll of the Air,” Nick DiBerardino’s “Asphodel,” Michael Gilbertson’s “Sinfonia After Vivaldi” and Anthony Vine’s “Transmission.” Fred Child hosts. Look: no dead white men. 8 p.m. FMI and tickets ($20).
Friday through Sunday at the Lab Theater: Minnesota Dance Theatre Presents “Carmina Burana.” O fortuna! A dance choreographed by Loyce Houlton, set to Orff’s bawdy, beautiful music performed live. With vocalists Bradley Breenwald, Jennifer Baldwin Peden, David Echelard and the Minnesota Chorale and musicians Tom Linker, Barbara Brooks, Heather Barringer and Bob Adney. Directed by Lise Houlton. This is the 40th anniversary of an exciting production, and it sounds like a sure bet. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. FMI and tickets ($35/$25).
Sunday at Subtext Books: Local Author Day. Stop by to see and hear your favorite or discover someone new. Coffee and cookies will be served. Here’s the schedule: 12 noon: Freya Manfred (poetry and memoir); 12:45: Christina Glendenning (“The Rattlesnake Vote”); 1:30: Kristi Belcamino (the Gabriella Giovanni mystery series); 2:15: Andrea Gilats (“Restoring Flexibility” yoga book, with demonstration); 3:00 Catherine Dehdashti (“Roseheart”); 3:45: Linda Morganstein (“Girls in Ice Houses”); 4:30: Martha Wegner (“Dealing with My Son’s Addiction One Letter at a Time”). Free and open to the public.