After 43 years, Village Theatre legacy founder and longtime executive producer Robb Hunt said he will retire at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 season.
"Robb’s dedication, work ethic, commitment to the community, passion for Village Theatre, and deep connection and friendship with all of us is irreplaceable. His leadership will be sorely missed. With Robb’s help, the Board has begun a robust search for exceptional new leadership that will carry on Robb‘s legacy of providing excellent, professional musical theater to our area,” Village Theatre board of directors president, Jill Klinge said in a press release.
During his tenure, Hunt built the nonprofit from a community theatre to a nationally recognized institution whose industry impact can be felt by countless artists, theater-goers, and community members.
As executive producer, Hunt oversees all aspects of the organization, leading the artistic and business operations, and driving the financial stability of the company forward. Hunt has guided the organization to incredible financial stability, having led the successful acquisition of five properties it operates from, including owning the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, First Stage Theatre, and the Craig & Joan Watjen Technical Studios in Issaquah, as well as partnering with the City of Everett to manage the Everett Performing Arts Center and Cope Gillette Theatre in Everett.
Prior to the pandemic, Village Theatre commanded a $15 million operating budget, hosted 220,000 guests a year between its Mainstage, Village Originals, and KIDSTAGE programming, and reached the milestone of serving 20,000 season ticket holders for its Mainstage season.
“As executive producer, I have had the privilege to lead this incredible theatre into the future, and what a joy. The innumerable patrons who have entered our doors, the incredible artists who have shared their talent, the students who have learned with us and brought those lessons with them throughout their lives, the shows we have brought from page to stage for the first time, and the stories we have told only begin to encapsulate my time with Village Theatre," Hunt said in the press release. "It is a legacy I am grateful to be part of, largely because we have built something truly wonderful together. As I begin this new chapter of my life, I am grateful to have been able to build an organization with the ability to dream and leave it to you all to continue the quest."