Time flies when you’re having fun. And for Mark Mettes, new president and CEO of the Herberger Theater Center, every day is still filled with wonder.
“Creativity and the arts go hand in hand,” he says. “It’s essential in problem-solving, team building and continually seeking new approaches.”
A strong believer in lifelong learning, Mettes graduated from the University of Arizona with a theater degree before beginning his career as a lighting console operator and theatrical electrician at Arizona Theatre Company in Phoenix.
In 1990, Mettes brought his skills to the Herberger, working backstage as a technical supervisor. Hard work launched a trend of upward mobility in the organization. “Each step helped me gain valuable knowledge and experiences, and learn important perspectives that inform my decision-making on a daily basis.” He became vice president in 1999. This May, former theater President Dick Bowers announced his retirement, naming Mettes as his successor.
“He is a strong leader who will advance the organization to new heights through continued innovation,” Bowers says.
Mettes’ vision for the future is lofty. That includes creating new and expanding partnerships with Arizona State University, Arizona School for the Arts and the Arizona Broadway Theatre.
“The Herberger is where the audience meets the art,” Mettes says. “I want to explore that deeply and see how we can be much more extroverted in the community to bring the audience and the art together in exciting new ways.” 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, 602.254.7399
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