After successfully co-leading Weathervane Playhouse for the past year and a half and serving at the Playhouse for more than 11 years, Lisa Mansfield is stepping down as managing director as of Dec. 31 and will begin a new role as community outreach specialist for Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer in Summit County Probate Court early next year.
During her time at Weathervane, Mansfield worked in several capacities, including patron services manager, group sales, education programs coordinator and then her current role as managing director. Mansfield has served as co-director with Artistic Director Melanie Pepe since 2015.
“Lisa has brought an energy and grace to Weathervane that has been very visible and much appreciated,” said Debbie Davis, president of the Board of Trustees. “Her community outreach activities have been invaluable. Her warmth and affability are irreplaceable. She promises that she will not be a stranger to Weathervane.”
Under Mansfield’s leadership, the Playhouse has seen growth in subscriptions, ticket sales and donations. She is proud of her efforts in creating strong community partnerships and tie-ins with productions such as involving the Red Cross for Dracula, hair donations for Wigs for Kids during Hair and a canned food drive with the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank during “A Christmas Carol.”
“A new opportunity has been presented for me, and I feel called to accept the challenge,” said Mansfield. “I hope to remain a champion for improving the lives of those in our community, just as I have been called to do in my various roles with Weathervane.”
Melanie Pepe will remain at the helm as artistic director and in management of the current and interim staff during the search for a new managing director.