Ensemble Theater Company appoints new CEO

The Ensemble Theater Company of Santa Barbara (ETC) announced Thursday that it has named Scott DeVine as its chief business executive following a nationwide search. Mr. DeVine brings nearly 20 years of theater management experience to the role of General Manager to lead the commercial and operational functions of the company.

“The ETC Board of Directors decided to hire Scott after a long and exhaustive national search where he was clearly one of the most experienced theater directors on the West Coast. Scott adeptly managed complex arts organizations and was responsible for ensuring that the theaters he served maintained a strong financial footing, particularly during tough economic times. At ETC, we already have a strong base within the community, and we look forward, under Scott’s leadership, to years of strengthening that base and maintaining our position as the premier professional theater between Los Angeles and the Bay. Area,” said Simon Williams, Chairman of the Board of ETC in a press release.

In his role as Chief Executive, Mr. DeVine will co-lead the organization with longtime ETC Creative Director Jonathan Fox. Together, they will forge a path forward for the company as people begin to engage with live theater again.

“The Ensemble Theater Company is entering an important phase in its history with the opportunity to re-engage theatergoers who have long enjoyed the art produced, while simultaneously attracting a new generation of entertainment enthusiasts eager to see performances. I am excited to embark on this next chapter with our esteemed Artistic Director, Jonathan, this Board of Directors and our experienced staff. Together, I am confident we can reach new heights for this established pillar of the Santa Barbara community,” Mr. DeVine said in a press release.

Mr. DeVine most recently worked with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, where he was responsible for finance and operations for more than a decade as the organization’s managing director and chief financial officer. Prior to joining TheatreWorks, he worked for the San Francisco Girls Chorus as Director of Finance and Operations and spent two years as General Manager of the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto. Prior to moving to California, Mr. DeVine held positions of increasing seniority for the Performing Arts Center in Purchase, New York, culminating as the organization’s interim executive director.

He has also held positions with the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Mr. DeVine has extensive experience in theater, music and arts administration, and has played several musical instruments. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Akron in arts management and has a bachelor’s degree in political science with minors in history and theater.

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