Our neighborhood’s Raven Theatre announced today that Brian Pastor will become its new Executive Director, succeeding Kelli Strickland who left on April 1, 2015, to become the Executive Director at The Hypocrites. Mr. Pastor has for the last nine years been the Managing Director at City Lit Theatre Company. Following a two month transition period, he will assume his new position on a full-time basis on July 1, 2015.
Michael Menendian, Producing Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Raven Theatre, said: “We are quite pleased that Brian has agreed to join us as our Executive Director. He brings a decade of artistic and theatrical managerial experience, and I am confident he will help solidify the growth we have experienced over the past two years and will be instrumental in the growth we expect over the coming years. I look forward to working with him.”
Mr. Pastor has been involved in the Chicago theater community since his graduation from Northwestern University in 2003. In addition to his association with City Lit Theatre Co., Mr. Pastor has also been associated with the Promethean Theatre Ensemble over the past decade, for most of that time as either its Executive Director or as its Artistic Director. He is a former troupe member with Chicago dell’Arte and The Mime Company, and has acted in, adapted, and directed plays at numerous Chicago theaters.
“I am looking forward immensely to the challenge of becoming the Executive Director at Raven Theatre,” said Mr. Pastor. “I am committed to the theater, and the chance to participate in the management of this venerable North Side institution is highly energizing and exciting.”
Raven Theatre is currently completing its 34th season with productions of Todd Bauer’s The Bird Feeder Doesn’t Know through May 16, 2015, and Richard Kalinoski’s Beast on the Moon through June 6, 2015.