Local Community Through Theatre

Reflections of a Long-Time Board Member

Rob Albro

As I wind up my six years as an ETC Board Member – has it been that long? – here are a few reflections on the rewards of such direct participation in a vibrant community-facing arts organization like ETC.

My Board activities have encompassed diverse roles, including Chair of the Development Committee (helping to support the company’s grant-seeking efforts) and Treasurer (supporting both the Executive and Managing Directors in the development and monitoring of annual budgets). For anyone conversant with the nonprofit art world, these are familiar roles. Years spent working in an academic research center, which negotiates similar terrain, was good preparation for these duties.

But while oversight might be an important dimension of the Board’s work – typically concentrated around quarterly meetings – that doesn’t really convey how Board members fit into the overall scheme of ETC’s theater-based engagement with the many communities it serves in NoVA and beyond.

Effective board members are proactive and community-facing, and for a small company like ETC the Board often operates as an extension of ETC’s staff and broader universe of affiliated artists.