Here’s a peek at her latest blog post:
Charlie Fee, Producing Artistic Director for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, looks like a business whiz in the arts world. Woven leather, European style closed toe sandals, khaki colored gabardine trousers, and dark long sleeved polo shirts: Fee does not exude the Idaho cowboy look that many try and few pull off. But he certainly knows his Shakespeare and he certainly knows his finance.
When he realized that many of his peers were better actors than he might ever be, he switched to directing so he could still work with (meaning “hire”) his acting friends. His reputation as a director is strong, but what sets him apart is his business savvy. Fee joined the Idaho Shakespeare Theatre in 1991, and molded it into a prosperous organization by doing things rarely seen in the arts world. He spearheaded a campaign to build a state of the art outdoor amphitheater and raised the money BEFORE beginning construction. Rather than just approaching the usual donor suspects, he captured the hearts and dollars of many smaller donors. By the campaign’s end, several hundred donors had chipped in – from $5 or $10 to many thousands — but all felt they “owned” a piece of the theatre.