With gratitude and sadness, the Sheldon Theatre’s Board of Directors announces that Bonnie Schock will be stepping down as Executive Director.
The Board wishes Bonnie the best in the next chapter of her career, as she takes on leadership of the Fox Tucson Theatre in Arizona. [www.foxtucson.com]
Bonnie came to the Sheldon in 2015. During her tenure, the Red Wing community has reinvested in its “jewel-box” theatre, resulting in a physical, programmatic, and operational transformation of the 115 year old cultural cornerstone. Among her most significant accomplishments, Bonnie introduced a new programming structure, including increased and higher profile national touring acts, as well as a multi-faceted education and outreach program which is now serving thousands of area students and residents annually.
“Bonnie is the pivotal element in the resurgence of genuine excitement in the performing arts in Red Wing. Her commitment to the arts as a medium for community connection and inspiration advanced a vision of possibility that will continue into the future,” says Board President Nancy Dimunation.
Schock’s efforts led to an increase in annual ticket sales by nearly 40%. Through her leadership, the Sheldon saw unprecedented growth in individual and corporate support, including new and increased funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, and other regional funders. During this time, the Sheldon Theatre was named Red Wing Chamber Tourism Business of the Year three years running and Southern Minnesota’s “Best Theatre” and “Best Place for Live Music” by Southern MN Scene. Bonnie also oversaw the Sheldon’s 2018 $3.4 million renovation project, Grand Reopening celebration, and Grand Reopening season, presenting a renewed, refreshed and revitalized Sheldon to the community.
About her time in Red Wing, Bonnie says “It has been an extraordinary privilege to lead the Sheldon during a defining period of its long, storied history. The community’s love for this place has been beautiful to witness, and I am humbled by all that we have been able to accomplish together. I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this ongoing story.”
Bonnie leaves the Sheldon in an exceptionally strong financial and artistic position, poised to build on recent successes. The Board thanks her for her contributions and leadership during her time at the helm.
Bonnie’s last day will be Friday, February 28, 2020. The Board will announce an interim leadership and executive search plan by the end of January and looks forward to working with Bonnie and the full staff to ensure a smooth transition.