DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — One of the driving forces behind Center Theatre is stepping down in November to take a position at the Piscataquis Regional YMCA.
Patrick Myers, the theater’s founding executive director for the past six years, will begin Nov. 15 as the YMCA’s director of marketing and membership.
“Patrick provided the energy and enthusiasm that made Center Theatre the entity it is today, and we wish him well,” Janet Sawyer, Center Theatre’s chairwoman, said Friday in a press release.
“I felt like it was the right time both for me, and I also think for the theater,” Myers said Friday of his resignation. He said he was looking forward to a new challenge. Since the theater next year will observe the fifth anniversary of its grand opening, Myers considered it a good time for new leadership to take it to the next level of development.
“We’re a thriving, ongoing operation,” Myers said of the theater. “I certainly feel I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the place.”
Myers said he doesn’t have any worries that the theater will continue to be a strong organization and will continue to grow in the community.
“It’s just time for someone else to have the fun of being the leader of this organization,” he said.
Myers plans to continue to act onstage and in productions and expects to volunteer for the theater in the future.
As the first executive director of Center Theatre, Myers led the organization through the final phases of renovation into full-time, year-round programming, according to Sawyer. During Myers’ tenure, Center Theatre developed a full programming schedule of movies, live theater, community events and concerts and hosted the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival. Also during that time, the theater increased its staff to three full-time employees.
Sawyer said the Center Theatre board of directors will begin immediately to find a replacement for Myers.
“There’s no one who can replace Patrick, but we will be looking for someone who is the right fit for the theater and the community,” Sawyer said. The board hopes to have a new executive director in place by the end of the year, she said.