Stakeholders

Members of our group have been told, repeatedly, that we don’t represent all the stakeholders the board must consider in their decision-making. The board president has said this directly to a few of our representatives. She and others on the board repeat this talking point when questioned by the media, as well. While our number …

Some Facts, Some Thoughts

A front page article in the Post-Bulletin today helps to paint the personal side of the RCT mismanagement issues. There are a few facts that need some clarification, though. “Marvin, who joined the board in March, said the change came about because of a contradiction in the bylaws. One section said members had the right …

Misinformed

Today (4 August 2017), the Post-Bulletin published a letter by Rebecca Erickson titled Dissension threatens future of Civic Theatre. Everyone has a right to share their opinions, but unfortunately, some opinions are formed based on a pieces of information and not on all the facts. It’s important to throw a light on the facts and …

Friends of the Rochester Civic Theater respond to MPR Story

This evening a report is set to air during “All Things Considered” on MPR (print version available now at mprnews.org) that describes several allegations of sexual harassment against former RCT executive Director Gregory Stavrou throughout his tenure at the theatre, and shines a light on a leadership culture that was unwilling or unable to make …

Letter to the Editor published 12 July 2017

Some in our community support the actions of the RCT board leadership. No doubt, changes over the last decade have been popular and added visibility. The board president paints a picture of needed evolution and responsibility to maintaining the sound footing the prior executive director created. The actions and the data do not support this …

RCT 101

That’s a term coined during a meeting between our Friends leaders and board officers  a few weeks ago to describe a proposed gathering for our Friends of RCT group. Presumably, it was intended for them to explain to us the inner workings of a theatre. As I ponder the run of bad decisions they’ve made, …

Executive Director Compensation

Let’s talk compensation. Specifically, the executive director. Prior to fiscal year 2010, the theatre apparently didn’t consider the ED position as one of the “Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees,” Section VII of the Form 990. They list only the directors (board members), who of course are not compensated. Starting in 2010, …

Unearned Income

Time to look at unearned income. If you don’t often look at numbers like this, that might sound strange or even fishy. But it’s not. Earned income is what you make from providing a product or service – like a theatrical production or glass of wine. Unearned income is contributions and grants and such. For …