When someone takes a new job, they’re often told they “have big shoes to fill.” That’s definitely not the case with Michael Mendillo, the new executive director of Slow Burn Theatre Co. in Fort Lauderdale.

He’s actually the first person to step into the newly created position with the critically-acclaimed theater company in residence at the Broward Center.

I’m excited because Slow Burn has grown so quickly in such a short time. I’m really looking forward to strengthening the relationship with the Broward Center,” he said. “Since I moved here two years ago, I’ve admired their artistic vision...I’ll be tackling the challenges on the business side, matching the administration with the artistic quality.”

The former Pittsburgh resident and Shenandoah Conservatory graduate originally moved to South Florida to work as director of development for the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, another strong regional arts organization. During his tenure, contributions more than doubled.

“What I’ll miss most about the chorus is that it’s such a brotherhood, a family and, as a staff, we were very close-knit. But, I see that with Slow Burn Theatre Co., as well,” he said, and he’s ready to get to work.


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