Lake green

The board of directors of the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts has announced that Lakesha Green, of Syracuse, NY, will be the next executive director of the umbrella arts organization.

Green was selected as the top candidate from more than 40 applications received for the position, according to a press release from Wagon Wheel.

“We are thrilled and excited to be working with someone who has so many proven skills and experience in arts administration,” said Terry White, Chairman of the Board of Wagon Wheel. Board members Emily Illingworth Kosnik and Joni Truex chaired the research committee, along with other members of the research committee and the executive committee.

Most recently, Lakesha Green was Director of Youth Programs at the Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, NY, where she worked with community groups, school districts and other non-profit organizations to strengthen community engagement and audience development for Redhouse.

Previously, she taught in public school systems as Director of Theater Arts and spent 15 years as Director of Theater Arts and Director of Arts and Youth Development at All Walks of Life Inc., where she has demonstrated strong organizational skills and has excelled in securing funding for the magnetic arts and programs.

Green, with a BA in Theater Arts from Alabama State University and an MFA in Media and Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design, will relocate to the Warsaw / Winona Lake area in October to establish a residency and begin to build relationships. in the community.

Regarding the opportunity, Green said, “I am more than excited to continue a rich legacy that will continue to inspire and create experiences for years to come. I have traveled all over this country and have to say Warsaw is definitely a gem in the ocean. I can’t wait to be a part of this rich community.

The Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts, now in its 66th year, has become the region’s premier venue for professional theater, arts education and community engagement, the statement said. The Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts is home to the Wagon Wheel Professional Theater, the Wagon Wheel Community Theater, the Wagon Wheel Symphony of the Lakes, the Wagon Wheel Jr., the Wagon Wheel Conservatory and the Wagon Wheel Concert Series.

The organization’s next production is a Symphony of the Lakes concert at 7 p.m. on October 2 in the Winona Heritage Hall.

More information about the organization can be obtained on its Facebook page or at Information will be communicated regarding a public event opportunity to meet and get to know the new CEO.