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Md. Theatre search narrowed to 15

March 09, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- A pool of more than 100 people who applied to run The Maryland Theatre has been narrowed to 15, the theater board's president said Monday.

Sam Young said the next phase of the search will be telephone interviews with the 15 remaining candidates.

He said the board hopes to pick its next permanent executive director by the middle or end of April.

The theater has been without a permanent executive director since Brian Sullivan resigned in March 2008.

Jenni Hatcher has served as interim executive director. She has declined to say if she applied to be the permanent executive director.

The board began advertising for the position in early January.

The salary wasn't advertised, but Young has said Hatcher is being paid $50,000 to $60,000.

Young has said he expects representatives of local arts-related groups to help with the search.

A search committee probably will come up with one to three finalists for the full theater board to consider, Young has said.

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About six weeks ago, Young said at least 116 applications had come in from across the country.

"It's almost overwhelming, to be honest with you," he said at the time.

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