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Gerlock resigns from SCT, Goeken moves to part-time

Friday, August 3, 2012

Connie Goeken and Cara Gerlock are stepping down from their positions at SCT this month. Goeken will resume her previous position as business manager starting in September, and Gerlock will resign from her position in mid-August to spend more time with her family. A new managing art director has been hired, and will be announced at an SCT event in mid-August.
With the upcoming season of Spencer Community Theatre waiting in the wings, more will be changing than the sets and costumes this year. Cara Gerlock, artistic director, announced that she is resigning from her position.

Gerlock, who will complete her time at SCT 11 days shy of 6 years, is stepping down to focus on her family.

"I love the job," Gerlock said. "A lot of what we've been doing is successful, and it's been getting busier every year."

Her position as artistic director is quite demanding and her home life also is requiring more of her attention. Her children, five, four, and 22 months, are growing older and also becoming more involved on nights and weekends.

"This year it was clear that it wasn't feasible to keep up with both family and work," Gerlock said.

When Gerlock announced to her colleagues that she would be leaving SCT, executive director Connie Goeken began to consider her position and Gerlock's opening position.

"It was obvious that we'd been fortunate to have someone with Cara's background and training," Goeken said, "but we didn't think we'd be able to attract someone with her caliber to replace her."

Goeken decided to step down as executive director, into her previously-held role as business manager. Instead of hiring a new executive director and a new artistic director, SCT combined the two roles into one full-time position, the managing artistic director.

"It seemed logical because I'm at a point where I want to pull back a little," Goeken said.

Goeken anticipates that she will continue in her position as executive director until the end of August, and begin her new position in September. This fall will start her 23rd year at SCT.

Goeken will still work approximately three days a week and manage financial statements and accounting. She expects, at least for a small period, to also work in marketing and building rental management.

"It's still a work in progress to determine which duties will carry over with me, and which duties will become the new director's," Goeken said.

While she readily stated that it will be difficult to leave the people of SCT, Gerlock is excited at the possibility to take on new, short-term projects.

"Right now, I'm looking forward to focusing on other creative and professional opportunities," she said.

Gerlock will not be completely walking away from SCT, however.

"I won't be working, but I will still be involved as a volunteer and a patron," she said. "If that weren't the case, I would be heartbroken."

Goeken is looking forward to having more free time to visit her children.

"It will be an adjustment not to be at SCT every day," Goeken said. "I'm looking forward to it, but it will be an adjustment."

Both Gerlock and Goeken have established themselves among the SCT community.

"It's an environment where you get close to people in a very short amount of time," Gerlock said.

While SCT has hired a managing art director, they are withholding the name, in anticipation of a formal announcement in mid-August, at a theatre event.

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