The City of Prince Albert has raised the curtain on the new manager for the E.A. Rawlinson Centre.
Roxanne Dicke has over 20 years of experience in theatre, teaching and working with children's organizations.
“I’m elated and honoured to have the position,” Dicke told paNOW. “I believe in that centre and what it provides our community. It’s a keystone for the arts in Prince Albert.”
Dicke has a bachelor’s degree of fine arts in performance, masters degrees in theatre and teaching, and worked at various universities since she came to Prince Albert 11 years ago. She’s the chair of the Prince Albert Arts Board and has worked with different theatre companies in town while also freelancing in directing and acting elsewhere.
She sees the job as making the theatre at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre accessible to local groups as well as attracting excellence in performance.
“It’s about developing those relationships with agencies and touring important acts [but] it’s also a balancing act with the community accessibility which is very important. The centre was built also to be enjoyed and utilized by groups,” she said.
Dicke said she looks forward to developing policy, mandates and work plans to help reach out to groups and she wanted to hear from volunteers who might want to use the space.
She’ll oversee a team of what she called “very specialized” staff from front-of-house, to hospitality and theatre technicians and her main priority is to hire a production manager to handle all the acts coming through and the technical aspects.
Last year the city decided to take the management of the centre in-house after ending their near 14-year relationship with Star Development which managed the facility since its doors first opened.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Dicke said. “I’m really invested in this community. My family has made this home so I’m very excited to stay and go to work for the City of Prince Albert.”
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