January 8, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.–Nicholas T. Goldsborough, a 1967 graduate of Hobart College, has been selected as the new managing director of The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., the second largest performing arts complex in the country. Goldsborough is currently the vice president for capital programs and presentations for The Music Center of Los Angeles County where he has served in several senior executive positions including executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Since graduating from Hobart, Goldsborough, a native of Newark, N.Y., has remained active with the Colleges and has been a valued counsel to the Colleges presidents.
Mark D. Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, saluted Goldsborough in his appointment to the Shakespeare Theatre and praised his support of the Colleges.
“Nick Goldsborough will be a substantial addition to the arts community in Washington,” said Gearan. ” Nick has been a valued good counsel to the Colleges offering to assist our students and aiding our planning efforts for Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I look forward to working with Nick in his new home in Washington.”
An accomplished arts manager, Goldsborough's programming responsibilities at The Music Center of Los Angeles County included expansion of its dance and ballet presentations, as well as oversight of its education division – the nation's leading in-school arts program, serving one million students and teachers in 800 schools throughout southern California. In addition, he is credited with managing two capital campaigns for The Music Center, which raised more than $240 million for the construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall (opening 2003) and the renovation of the Ahmanson Theatre, also part of The Music Center.
From 1990 to 1995 Goldsborough served as deputy director of development at UCLA. From 1983 to 1990, he was vice chairman and chief operating officer at C.W. Shaver & Company in New York City, a management consulting firm that provided strategic planning and fundraising services for Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Theatre, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Davidson College and The Jewish Museum. From 1977 to 1983 Goldsborough worked for Harvard University, helping to coordinate national major gift campaigns.
“I am most pleased to be joining The Shakespeare Theatre,” said Goldsborough. “The quality of the work, as well a the caliber of people at the Theatre make this a unique opportunity for me. I am passionate about the arts and much of my life has been devoted to building better communities. The Shakespeare Theatre is a perfect match for my interests and skills, and I am excited about working with Michael, the staff and the Board to move the Theatre to a new level of excellence and visibility.”
Goldsborough joins The Shakespeare Theatre at a time of both popular and critical success for an organization. The Christian Science Monitor recently called it, “The best classical theater in the country, bar none.” The Shakespeare Theatre has developed extensive education and outreach programs, as well as a graduate program of study for actors – the Academy for Classical Acting in conjunction with The George Washington University. The Theatre's summer Shakespeare performance – the Free For All – annually enables 30,000 people to see free Shakespeare in Carter Barron Amphitheater. In addition, this season the Theatre boasts an audience base that includes over 17,500 full-season subscribers – the highest in its history.
While attending Hobart, Goldsborough was active with the sailing team, the Little Theatre, the choral group Schola Cantorium, and St. John's Chapel. In 1984, he established the Francis F. Goldsborough Memorial Fund at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in memory of his father. He graduated from Newark Senior High School.
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