Marty Childers was perfectly happy in Kentucky, where he had managed the Jenny Wiley Theatre, an award-winning regional company, for 14 years. Then he saw the announcement of an opening for an executive director with Island City Stage in Wilton Manors.
“I thought if I’m ever going to leave, I’m going to leave now,” he recalled.
Childers submitted his resume and got a phone call the very next day. He was hired soon after.
There was a little bit of a learning curve. His previous employer was more than 50 years old and had an established reputation. During his tenure, he worked to transform the organization from a summer stock theater company performing in an amphitheater to a year-round producing company with a new $4 million indoor venue.
“Island City was only five years old—it’s in its sixth season now—and they wanted to grow,” he said, a mission he has tackled whole-heartedly for the LGBT-centric theater company. “They are doing thought-provoking, really good work and winning awards and I knew I could work there.”
Childers admits it is a time-consuming challenge:
“When I’m not working theater, I’m hardly ever unconnected from the phone, every day. It doesn’t matter, whether I’m in the office or not,” he said.
When he’s not working, he spends time with his partner, Harold Dioquino, the artistic director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, and enjoys theater, architecture and design.
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