There have been a couple of articles posted in the forum lately about companies closing or firing artistic director, and they tend to read as if the boards are seriously remiss in their duties. The two stories that come to mind immediately are the anoouncement that Ballet Pacifica is shutting its doors (link to topic
) and the announcement that Lone Star Ballet has fired it's artistic director for the third time in four years (link to topic
So my question is this. Am I being overly cynical? Is this NOT a complete failure on the part of the Boards of these companies to effectively lead and support their companies while not letting their own vanities get involved?
I once worked at a theater company who's board seemed to think that it's job was to drink chardonnay at garden parties thrown by the artistic director's wife. When it was mentioned to them that they might want to think about raising money to replace the 40 year old lighting board, they seemed rather confused.