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More than 100 seek theater post

February 01, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- More than 100 people have applied to be the next permanent executive director of The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

The most recent count was 116 applications, Sam Young, the president of the theater's board, said Friday. Another 10 or 15 applications were submitted through a Web site listing and hadn't been included yet, he said.

"It's almost overwhelming, to be honest with you," Young said.

The last executive director, Brian Sullivan, resigned in March 2008. Jenni Hatcher has been the interim executive director since then.

Young said the theater board's goal is to fill the position by April.

The board started advertising the position in early January. The ads will stop because of the high response, he said.

The salary wasn't advertised. A 2007 U.S. Internal Revenue Service tax statement for the theater lists Sullivan's salary at $55,000. Young has said Hatcher is being paid $50,000 to $60,000.

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Young said there will be four stages as the search process narrows.

Board members will review applications and reject the ones that don't match the required qualifications for the job.

Another review will be done by representatives of local arts-related groups.

The next round will include questions for the candidates and a check of their references.

The final candidates -- probably one to three -- will be recommended to the board for a decision, Young said.

Applications came in from across the country; one was from Puerto Rico, he said. A few were from the Tri-State area.

Young wouldn't comment when asked if Hatcher applied. He said the names of the finalists might be revealed later in the process.

Responding by e-mail, Hatcher also declined to comment.

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