Changes afoot at the Auditorium Theatre

By on November 1, 2016

Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, photo credit Dan Rest
Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, photo credit Dan Rest

CHICAGO – Tania Castroverde Moskalenko officially took the helm as the new CEO of the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University at a press luncheon onstage Oct. 27. Key stakeholders from the University, organizational leaders from many of the companies who perform regularly at the Auditorium, board members, and representatives from a number of arts advocacy organizations were present for Ms. Castroverde Moskalenko’s coming out party as she described the importance of preserving the historic landmark building and restoring its founders mission to build “the theater of the people.”

In laying out her plans, Castoverde Moskalenko pointed out an abundance of dance, and desires future seasons well balanced with more music, particularly jazz, pop, rock, and world music. “Our stage needs to reflect the diversity of our city,” she said, aiming to expand programming to cater to a wider audience, in addition to broadening the donor base, diversifying the board, and growing community partnerships with the theater. “I am making a long term commitment to you, and so I’m asking all of you to join me on this journey,” she said.

Castroverde Moskalenko comes to Chicago and the Auditorium Theatre from Carmel, Indiana, where she served as President and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts for 4 years. Prior to the Center, she served as Executive Director of the Germantown Performing Arts Centre in Tennessee, and has built a reputation for diversifying programming, expanding audiences, and balancing budgets.

Lauren Warnecke is a regular dance contributor to the Chicago Tribune. She currently serves on the editorial team at Createquity, and as a GO culture critic for Chicago Magazine. Lauren has written reviews and feature articles for SeeChicagoDance.com, Windy City Times, and Dance Magazine. She founded Art Intercepts in 2009, and also writes about arts policy, dance pedagogy, health and wellness, qualitative research methods and higher education for print and online publications. Lauren has created presentations, courses and curricula for universities, professional, and pre-professional organizations; presented at national and international conferences; and, for over a decade, managed extra-curricular arts programs for youth and adults in the non-profit sector. She is certified in a few random things, including the Cecchetti Method, aquatic exercise, olympic weightlifting, personal training and urban composting. Tweet her @artintercepts.

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