Favorite Quote: "Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.It shouldn't be that women are the exception."
Favorite Musical: My Fair Lady
Musical Influences: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Madonna
Tell us a little about your background and how you came to join Thrive.
I live in Streetsboro, Ohio and work in Human Resources for a large Cleveland-based company. I'm a mom of two kids and my husband, Doug, (who is also a trustee and performer) and I love our community and friends. A good friend's daughter was involved in Thrive at the beginning of high school; naturally we went to see her to support our friend and our community.
"We were absolutely blown away by the talent and creativity."
I was fortunate enough to meet Jim Boardwine when Doug and I were playing locally; he asked us to be guests for the Katie Curran album release show. It was all over then.
"I couldn't stay away and quickly became involved in many of the productions that followed."
What is your role as board president?
My job as the board president is really one of facilitation. I work with this awesome group, many of whom are also connected to Thrive artistically, to ensure that we are prioritizing, planning, coordinating, and executing as a resident company and as facility operators.
"I try to keep us organized holistically so that we meet our goals while still meeting our goals as a performing and visual arts company."
In your opinion, what makes Thrive special or unique when compared to similar organizations?
The biggest competitive advantage we have as a comp[any is the way we leverage all generations for our performances and the original creative content that our people produce. We don't focus so narrowly on one generation that it limits our ability to provide accurate depictions of characters or the type of content we create.
"We take a 'sky is the limit' approach to theater, which affords our patrons a chance to relive some of their favorite traditional story moments in a fresh way."
When you aren't working or participating in Thrive-related events, how do you like to spend your time?
" I am a mom first, with a 14-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter."
I spend a lot of my time with them or at their activities; luckily, my daughter has the theater bug too so I get to spend time with her while enjoying Thrive at the same time. Doug and I also get to enjoy time with Jim in our band Mother Ale, a classic rock cover band playing in Streetsboro and the surrounding areas. We act as part of the house band in most Thrive productions.
by Desiree Boardwine
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CHARDON, OHIO - Thrive Performing & Visual Arts has appointed Chardon resident, Tom Siko, to its Board of Trustees. Siko is the first voting Board member from Chardon and Geauga County. Thrive is ecstatic to include such a community-driven and talented person like Tom on the Board.
Siko, a twelve-year resident of Chardon, has a professional background in theater. Having studied Theater Technology and Business Administration, Siko began his career in professional theater and event technology where he was involved with many world- class events and musical tours. His career brought him back to Chardon as the President of Vincent Lighting Systems in Solon, OH. Siko has a passion for both bringing entertainment to life as well as helping communities thrive through organization, vision and creativity. He is also the President of the Chardon Crescendo Club, supporting the music program at Chardon Schools.
Thrive is confident that Tom Siko will be an asset to the organization as they begin this next chapter at the Geauga Theater. The organization will host a ribbon cutting September 2nd at 6:00pm to mark the grand reopening of the historic theater. Extensive renovations have taken place during the venue's closure. People are encouraged to attend and tour the facility to see what has been accomplished and what's to come. The following week, Thrive will stage their first show at the rebranded venue - Back to the 80's. This show is a lively concert including a slew of classic 80's hits and imagery to capture the sights, sounds, and spirit of America’s most colorful decade. The show will run through September 18th with tickets available at www.thrivepro.org or www.geauga.theater.
CHARDON, OHIO, September 2 - The arts are making a triumphant return to Northeast Ohio. The Geauga Theater, which was shuttered in March of 2020, will reopen under new management. Thrive Performing & Visual Arts, the organization chosen to lead the Geauga Theater into the future, will host a ribbon cutting September 2nd at 6:00pm; a week prior to taking to the stage for their, and the venue's, first live production in over a year. Extensive renovations have taken place during the venue's closure. People are encouraged to attend and tour the facility to see what has been accomplished and what's to come.
Built in 1939, the 292-seat Geauga Theater is an art deco treasure nestled on Chardon’s quaint, walkable square. Thrive’s programming at the venue will be three-fold: live music, musical theater, and classic cinema. Thrive will generate much of the entertainment staged at the Geauga Theater, but will also host outside acts: bands, orchestras, dance companies, comedians, and more.
September 10 - Thrive will stage their first show at the rebranded venue - Back to the 80's. This show is a lively concert including a slew of classic 80's hits and imagery to capture the sights, sounds, and spirit of America’s most colorful decade. The show will run through September 18th with tickets available at www.thrivepro.org or www.geauga.theater.
About Thrive: Thrive Performing & Visual Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides opportunities to individuals of all ages in the performing and visual arts and strengthens communities by creating and producing excellent live and recorded entertainment - fostering partnerships and providing educational opportunities. Thrive immerses its participants in a one- of-a-kind experience and brand. The organization enriches area cultures and economies by partnering students, community members, business owners and performing arts professionals.
Are you curious about Thrive's plans for the Geauga Theater and the facilities in Chardon? You can read the very proposal that lead to this development below.
CHARDON, Ohio - November 12, 2020: Chardon City Council approved the Theater Ad Hoc Committee’s unanimous recommendation to appoint Thrive Performing & Visual Arts with programming and management of the Geauga Theater and the facilities at 106 Water Street. Built in 1939, the 292-seat Geauga Theater is an art deco treasure that is nestled in Chardon’s quaint, walkable downtown. Thrive’s programming at the venue will be three-fold: live music, musical theater, and classic cinema complete with beer, wine, and snacks. Thrive will generate much of the entertainment staged at the Geauga Theater, but will also host outside acts: bands, orchestras, dance companies, comedians, and more. Thrive will not only provide programming and management for the Geauga Theater, but also education and special events at 106 Water Street.
The Theater Ad Hoc Committee set forth on a search for a new company to bring performing arts programming and enrichment back to Chardon following the dissolution of the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild in April.
The Ad Hoc Committee members were consistent in their assessment of the value Thrive will bring to Chardon and the historical art deco theater. They commented that Thrive brings energy and entertainment that will attract a diverse audience and satisfy the needs identified by community leaders and members. Thrive's multi-faceted approach to entertainment in the Geauga Theater will offer something for everyone.
As auditions approach, we would like to offer some insider tips from the perspective of the judges. We know that putting oneself out there and auditioning requires courage and confidence and we hope these tips help you feel prepared. With that being said, here are some Thrive audition Do's and Don'ts!