Moving on from the Capri to Textile Center

A message from Anne Long, PCYC Executive Director

Dear Friends of the Capri Theater,

Our Director of the Capri Theater, Karl Reichert, has been appointed Executive Director of Textile Center, a national center for the fiber arts based here in Minneapolis, and he will conclude 7.5 years of service to Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC) on November 7, 2014.

Karl’s leadership has transformed the Capri Theater into a vibrant performing arts venue. Thanks to Karl and his Capri Theater staff and artists with the support of the PCYC community, we have made major progress on our goal to “Bring up the Lights on West Broadway.

Karl has provided innovative artistic leadership that led to the development of the Legends jazz series, the Capri After School Theater (CAST), Camp Capri for middle school students, the Capri Theater Youth Apprentice program, the monthly Freedom of Xpression Open Mic, as well as collaborative partnerships with Children’s Theatre Company and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

He guided the $800,000 plus renovation of the Capri Theater in 2009, known as the Capri Theater Renaissance – Phase I, which included significant improvements in the auditorium and lobby, and built operating and marketing systems for the Capri. As a result of this investment by PCYC, the Capri has become a hub for a wide array of arts activities by transforming it into a vibrant and affordable rental venue.

And Karl has helped set the stage for the next the Capri Theater Renaissance – Phase II, which has included establishing conceptual plans for the expansion of the Capri Theater. We honor his enormous contributions to the PCYC, to the Capri, and to the revitalization of West Broadway.

During this transition, Karl will work with me on an interim transition plan for Capri Theater operations, assuring that all he has put in place will continue to thrive.  And of course we wish him all the best and know he will continue to advocate and support the young people, artists, staff and mission of PCYC and the Capri in this next step in his professional role as an arts leader.

Karl describes his PCYC/Capri experience in this way:

“I will always treasure the time I’ve spent with PCYC working to ‘Bring Up the Lights on West Broadway’ in my role as Director of the Capri Theater. I’ve come to know so many wonderful people committed to revitalizing North Minneapolis through the arts. One of the greatest joys I’ve had working at the Capri was the level of youth engagement we brought into our operations through the Capri Theater Youth Apprentice Program. It’s been amazing to watch our young people build life skills and grow with confidence through their interaction with artists and patrons at the Capri. They have become a cornerstone for Capri Theater operations.

“As I embark on an exciting opportunity to serve Textile Center as its new Executive Director, I will continue to be an advocate for North Minneapolis youth and families in the years to come. As an arts leader I enjoyed working in a school and youth center environment, learning from some of the best artists, educators and social workers in the Twin Cities about how the arts can so powerfully impact youth and the communities they call home.

“Together we’ve built an impressive venue and an effective array of arts programs, and in the best of the PCYC tradition, which now spans 60 years, and I’m confident that we have set the stage for an upcoming Second Act for Capri Theater Renaissance that will be even more exciting than our wonderful First Act.”

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