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The Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts is pleased to announce the engagement of Arts Progress LLC, an arts management consultancy, to provide interim Executive Leadership and Executive Search services, seeking the next leader for the Sheldon.

Board President Nancy Dimunation stated, “It is a priority of the Board to find the best individual to lead in the next phase of development for the Sheldon. At the same time, we are committed to maintaining operational and leadership stability during the interim period when the search is underway. To that end, we are very pleased to partner with Arts Progress LLC, an arts management consultancy specializing in this very scenario. The Sheldon board has the utmost confidence that this interim contract will support a thoughtful, intentional, and successful search process. Building upon the recent period of extraordinary growth and vibrancy at the Sheldon, there is a truly bright future ahead for the performing arts in Red Wing.”

Arts Progress consists of principal partners Robin Gillette and Jeff Larson, who bring complementary and comprehensive arts management skills to bear upon each of their projects. The consultancy group is based in the Twin Cities with broad and deep connections to both Minnesota’s thriving arts and cultural ecosystem, as well as the national arts landscape.  Specializing in the areas of interim management, executive search and organizational structure, Arts Progress is well matched to support the Sheldon board and staff through this period of transition.

Robin Gillette said “Jeff and I have both witnessed the impact that Bonnie has had on the Minnesota arts scene for many years, and it’s an honor to assist the Sheldon board to identify her successor and ensure a smooth transition. Bonnie will be sorely missed, but we’re confident that a solid process is in place to find a new leader who will continue the cultural growth that Bonnie has overseen in Red Wing for the past five years.”

Arts Progress has recently conducted successful national searches for new leadership of high profile Minnesota arts organizations including Theater Mu, The Playwrights’ Center, and Jungle Theater, among others.

Outgoing Executive Director Bonnie Schock’s last day with the Sheldon is February 28. She departs Red Wing after leading the Sheldon through 5 years of sustained organizational growth to take on a new position as the Executive Director of the Fox Tucson Theatre in Arizona. Arts Progress, LLC starts their work with the Sheldon effective immediately to ensure overlap. Jeff Larson will serve in the interim management role, with Robin Gillette heading up the executive search.

The Sheldon is in an exceptionally strong financial and artistic position. In just 5 years during the tenure of outgoing Executive Director Bonnie Schock, the Sheldon has seen sustained financial growth, nearly doubling total operating revenue from $663,000 in 2014 to $1.14 million in 2019; achieving 5 straight years of operating surpluses; growing individual giving by 203%; building local business support; securing new and increased funding from the National Endowment for Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, SE MN Regional Arts Council, National Dance Project, New England Foundation for Arts, and others; and increasing overall ticket sales by 36%.


Arts Progress is an arts management consultancy founded by Robin Gillette in 2013, specializing in interim management, executive search and organizational structure. Current/recent Arts Progress clients include Ann Bancroft Foundation, Capri Theater, Cuban American Youth Orchestra, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, Jungle Theater, Mill City Summer Opera, Minnesota Jewish Theatre, OneVoice Mixed Chorus, The O’Shaughnessy, Park Square Theatre, SOS Theater, Theater Mu, TigerLion Arts, and Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus.