Tedd Morgan, president of the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) board of directors, has announced the appointment of Lee Gundersheimer as the organization’s newly appointed Managing Director.
Gundersheimer, currently a professor of drama at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, has had professional theater experience working at the Century Center for the Performing Arts, and Avalon Repertory Theatre, both in New York City. Gundersheimer has extensive experience as a teacher, director, actor, and arts administrator across the country.
In mid-February, Eric Bunge stepped down as GRSF managing director to accept a position with the Northern Stage Company in White River Junction, Vermont. GRSF took time to carefully craft the ads for the new position and set the timeline for interviewing applicants to coincide with the start of the festival in mid-June. “We wanted to invite potential candidates here to see the festival up and running,” said Irene ErkenBrack, director of sales and marketing at GRSF.
“When we brought Lee to Winona for a weekend of meetings and introductions, the impression he made across the company was uniformly positive,” Paul Barnes, GRSF’s artistic director stated.
The starting date for Gundersheimer has not yet been determined, but he will be spending a few weekends here in the coming weeks to get to know the festival, ErkenBrack explained. During these visits he can learn as much about the company as possible in a quick and timely manner, ErkenBrack noted. The opening events this weekend will give the community a chance to be introduced to Gundersheimer, ErkenBrack added.
His work at theater companies and universities provied a great combination of experience to bring to the company, ErkenBrack said. “Hiring him was a really positive choice, and I think it’s really exciting,” ErkenBrack added.
For tickets to this seasons' Twelfth Night or Henry V, contact GRSF at grsf.org, or 507-474-7900, or at the office at 79 E. Third Street, downtown Winona.