Calli Whitmore has been named the education coordinator for Theatre Workshop of Owensboro, following Thad Mayhugh’s departure.
Mayhugh, who had been within the place for six years, left to hunt employment elsewhere. He beforehand labored for the Muhlenberg County Schools system and did an earlier stint with TWO earlier than that. In whole, he served the group for 9 years.
When the nonprofit’s officers had been contemplating who might fill the place, they didn’t should look far. Whitmore, born and raised in Owensboro, has been volunteering and dealing with TWO since she was a toddler.
She grew up attending camps, golf equipment and lessons hosted by “Mr. Thad” Mayhugh.
Todd Reynolds, TWO govt director, stated he and different leaders inside the group are thrilled to welcome Whitmore, and that she is “the perfect fit” for the place.
TWO’s education coordinator works with the county’s elementary colleges to offer enrichment for college kids. Students start studying what theater is, as properly as a few of the vocabulary. As they progress via this system, they finally construct as much as studying and performing a present as fifth graders.
The coordinator additionally hosts theater camps and golf equipment all through the varsity 12 months and summer season and directs kids performances.
“I couldn’t imagine a person better equipped to do the job,” Reynolds stated of Whitmore. “She has a wealth of experience. She came with her own built-in institutional knowledge and some background, not only in theater, but in this theater.”
A 2017 Daviess County High School graduate, Whitmore holds a bachelor’s diploma in theater and nonprofit management from Murray State University. She is enrolled within the University of Kentucky arts administration graduate program.
She grew up collaborating in TWO exhibits and programming. Mayhugh influenced her to pursue a profession in theater, she stated.
“Thad Mayhugh was my mentor, and he really inspired me to go down this theatrical path in life,” Whitmore stated.
The TWO education coordinator place appealed to her as a result of it’s a chance to present again to a neighborhood that did a lot for her.
“I really want to inspire the youth of today, just as I was when (Mayhugh) was the education coordinator,” she stated.
Whitmore will end out the varsity 12 months as the interim education coordinator, at which level TWO will formally submit the place. She will assume the everlasting place shortly thereafter.
“So far, I love what I’m doing,” she stated, including that that is one in every of her dream jobs. “I have a lot of big plans, but this was always one of them.”
Reynolds stated he appreciates the dedication and keenness Mayhugh has had all through his years with TWO.
Mayhugh, he stated, might by no means get replaced.
“Mr. Thad is a legend,” he stated. “Somebody can’t fill his shoes, they will have to find their own shoes and start walking that path.”