Anderson to direct Black Hills Playhouse

The University of South Dakota and the Black Hills Playhouse Board of Directors announced that Linda Anderson has been named executive director of the Black Hills Playhouse.

Anderson, formerly the director of the Rapid City Arts Council, will oversee production and day-to-day operations of the 64-year-old playhouse in Rapid City, beginning next month.

"Linda's talents and knowledge will be key to moving the Black Hills Playhouse forward in its fundraising campaign, and in its programming and theatre event planning," noted Larry Schou, D.M.A., dean of the College of Fine Arts. "She is well-known as a high quality fine arts leader in South Dakota."

As director of the Rapid City Arts Council at the Dahl Arts Center, Anderson managed fundraising efforts of the recently completed $7.5 million Dahl Arts Center Expansion in 2009.  In addition to her position at the Dahl Arts Center since in 2001, Anderson is a member of several organizations in the Rapid City area, including the Art of the Hills Advisory Board, Mayor's 2020 Strategy Team, South Dakotans for the Arts Community Arts Network Advisory Board and the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

"I look forward to taking the lessons learned in fundraising, architecture, construction, donor and program development, and apply them to realize the enormous potential of the Black Hills Playhouse," Anderson stated. "I continue to be devoted to increasing the influence and economic impact of the arts in the Black Hills region and throughout South Dakota. Working for The University of South Dakota through the Black Hills Playhouse allows me to continue this important work."

The Black Hills Playhouse was founded in 1946 by Dr. Warren (Doc) Lee. A year later, The University of South Dakota began aiding the Playhouse, which also oversees the Children's Theatre Company of South Dakota.

For more information about the Black Hills Playhouse, including ticket information, please visit www.blackhillsplayhouse.com/. 

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