Taylor Resigns as President

Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 4:37am

Jill Taylor has submitted her resignation to Curtain Players and will step down immediately from her post as president. Taylor cited as the reason for her departure her family’s coming move out of state.

She will continue to serve as chair of the community theatre company’s artistic advisory committee until her departure, helping to guide the theatre’s co-production (with the City of Westerville Department of Parks & Recreation) of Alice: A Variation on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland in Westerville’s Alum Creek Park North amphitheater in June.

The board has appointed James F. Petsche, current vice president, to fill the office for the short term. He will serve as president through the remainder of current season. An election to fill Taylor's unexpired term (through June 30 2018) is included in the May 23 board elections. Petsche is a candidate.

Taylor has been Curtain Players president since 2014 and is in her fifth season as chair of the artistic advisory committee. She has been instrumental in growing the Curtain Players presence in Westerville, developing partnerships and outreach programs with such groups the Westerville Department of Parks & Recreation and Westerville Public Library. Under her leadership, the theatre has enjoyed increased attendance, volunteer engagement, and fundraising. The current Legacy & Renew campaign (ending June 30) has generated more than $15,000 in donations. Taylor joined Players in 2008, cast in The Guys. She has continued to act (most recently in The Importance of Being Earnest), to direct (Our Town), and to guide the theatre’s artistic program.

Petsche has been vice president, marketing chair, and website content editor since 2014. He is a former president (2009-2011) of the organization, and has been honored with the Richard D. Near Award for his dedication to the advancement of the theatre. A Curtain Player since 2007, Petsche has acted in, directed, and produced productions. He will direct The Trip to Bountiful for Curtain Players in March 2018.