Cinnabar Arts Corporation (CAC) announced the departure of Executive Director Terence Keane; Stephen Hamilton, CAC’s interim executive director, “We all recognize that the theater is in a far better situation than it was when he arrived, and we look forward to building on the foundations that he laid”

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PETALUMA, June 23, 2015 – Today, with gratitude and sadness, the board of directors of Cinnabar Arts Corporation (CAC) announced the departure of Executive Director Terence Keane. Keane was hired part-time in early 2013 and asked to maximize ticket sales, increase fundraising, overhaul communications, and work with the board, staff, and volunteers to sustain Cinnabar’s artistic excellence and its education programs for youth. Under his leadership, the theater has seen tremendous growth and is poised for a bright future. The board has appointed Stephen Hamilton, an experienced leader from among its members, to serve as interim executive director, manage day-to-day operations, and head the search for a full-time executive. Keane will remain with Cinnabar into the summer months to support a stable transition.


“We are enormously grateful for everything that Terence achieved,” said CAC’s Chairman Richard Kapash. “He worked well beyond the hours and expectations we had for his position and accomplished great things. We asked him to grow Cinnabar so that it could afford a full-time executive director, and he did that faster than any of us expected. So we were disappointed when Terence declined this full-time position. We’re sad to see him go, but we appreciate all that he’s done – and we look forward to identifying a leader to take us to the next level.”


Keane said, “I’m proud to have been part of Cinnabar’s crackerjack team of staff and volunteers, and pleased with the progress we made. The theater’s not the only thing that’s been growing in the past two years. I have an exuberant 14-month-old son, and my wife and I just learned that we’re expecting our second child. I value the flexibility this job gave me to be with my family, and that’s where my priorities lie at present. So I’ll be supporting the board through a smooth transition, continuing to consult for select clients, and playing twice as much peekaboo.”


During Keane’s tenure, Cinnabar experienced remarkable growth:


  •  Grew total income by more than 30% with only modest growth in expenses.
  •  Doubled subscription income, doubled attendance by youth, and grew total paid attendance by 36%.
  •  Extended 9 straight professional productions – with 10 of the last 11 shows playing to over 89% of capacity – and sold out every youth performance this season.
  •  Increased earned income by more than 40%.
  •  Grew contributions from individuals and businesses by more than 55%.
  •  Invested in important upgrades to equipment, technology, and safety.
  •  Created a rainy day fund to help the theater weather financial uncertainties in the future.


“Terence truly shared our vision and our mission – to create transcendent artistic experiences for adults and for kids,” said Artistic Director Elly Lichenstein. “I deeply appreciate how hard he worked to support that vision. Together, we’ve put the organization on more solid footing and created a stable foundation for the future. We wish Terence and his family the best, and we look forward to seeing them in our audience for years to come.”


“Terence is leaving some very large shoes to fill,” added Stephen Hamilton, CAC’s interim executive director. “We all recognize that the theater is in a far better situation than it was when he arrived, and we look forward to building on the foundations that he laid.”


Stephen Hamilton has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and administration at public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. He qualified as a chartered accountant in the UK and as a CPA in the US. He had a 20-year managerial career at Hewlett-Packard and more recently a successful career as a consultant assisting large and small companies with organizational change. Among other things, he served as chairman of the board for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and helped guide that respected organization through its third decade.


Terence Keane has two decades of experience serving grassroots, national, and global nonprofits. Prior to his service at Cinnabar, he devoted more than eight years to the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He helped lead its marketing team to the highest ticket revenue in the company’s history, bucking national trends to grow subscriber numbers, total attendance, and young audience. He also transformed the theater’s reputation with relentless exposure in local, national, and international news outlets. He is equally proud to have worked on Berkeley Rep’s Broadway-bound blockbusters and provocative world premieres as he is having supported Cinnabar’s eclectic professional productions and sparkling youth shows.


Cinnabar Arts Corporation operates Cinnabar Theater, Sonoma County’s beloved professional theater. Every year, Cinnabar produces a thrilling mix of plays, musicals, operas, and concerts in a remarkable range of genres. Cinnabar’s Young Rep offers extensive activities for local youth, and Cinnabar’s community choirs welcome anyone who wants to sing in harmony. Audiences have flocked to Cinnabar’s performances since 1972. Now it’s preparing its 43rd season of lively performances for its loyal audience.


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