Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes:
Charlotte Tiencken, the managing director of the popular Book-It Repertory Theatre since 2007, is resigning her post to join the arts management faculty at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.
According to Book-It publicist Patricia Britton, the teaching opportunity came up suddenly for Tiencken, who hails from Charleston. Though there was discussion about her taking an open-ended leave from the theater and returning at some point, said Britton, the Book-It board of directors and Tiencken agreed it would be a better transition for the company (which heads into its 25th season this fall) to seek a new manager.
Book-It is known for its agile adaptations of classic and modern literature, most recently Michael Chabon’s “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.”
“If I thought for a minute that my leaving would hamper the company’s celebration of its quarter century mark, I couldn’t do it,” said Tiencken in a written statement, ” but Book-It is strong; we have an excellent staff, and inspired leadership on the board of directors. I have wanted to dive into the academic waters for some time, and the stars have aligned to make it possible for my husband and me to do that.”
In addition to her Book-It duties, Tiencken has served as president of the board of Theatre Puget Sound, on the board for Pat Graney Dance Company, and on granting panels for Washington State Arts Commission and 4Culture.
Book-It is now seeking an interim managing director for its nonprofit operation. After that person is in place, it will mount a broader search for a new manager. More information: www.book-it.org.