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Saturday March 2nd 2024

Foran has retired from In the Heart of the Beast Theatre A Public Tribute to Honor and Thank Kathee Foran for 14 years at the helm, off stage, dedicated leadership

by Sandy Spieler

Thank You Kathee Foran!!!!

Please join us in honoring Kathee Foran for her many years of service to In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and the Lake Street Business community.

A thank you party will take place at In The Heart of the Beast Theatre on November 10th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. All are invited!

Kathee Foran began work with In The Heart of the Beast as an organizer of educational touring shows and residency programs. In 1996 she became the Executive Director, joining the Artistic Director and a vibrant team of staff artists and administrators to carry out the daily work of the theatre and to assure its ongoing financial viability. Kathee”'s tenure featured several improvements for the theatre”'s home base on East Lake Street including finalizing the purchase of Avalon Theater, and working with the Neighborhood Development Corporation  and the Latino Economic Development Corporation   to renovate and open Plaza Verde as a multi-use facility for community use including a 3rd floor social hall. (HOBT now rents space in Plaza Verde for educational workshops, for the building of puppets, and for the storage of its puppet collection of 36 years).

Kathee has been an active member of the Lake Street Council during many of her years at HOBT. She also served many years on the National Board of UNIMA, an organization to support and nurture the art of puppetry.

Kathee worked “behind the scenes” with clear vision to uphold the more visible work of the art of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. She worked ardently up to her last day on August 31 when she gave her position over to Loren Niemi. Thanks to her dedication and determination HOBT continues to be a strong, vibrant and unique artistic voice for tens of thousands of people each year.

It is now time to gather in joyous celebration of her immense contribution to the work of In The Heart of the Beast Theatre, The Lake Street Council, and the national puppetry community.

Please join us on November 10th 5:30–7:30pm for a THANK YOU to  KATHEE!!!!

Sandy Speiler is Artistic Director of In the Heart of the Beast Theatre

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