WVTC is gearing up for its upcoming 20 year anniversary by working closely with its advisors, creating new policies that make the organization more effective, building a new website, revitalizing its mission statement and designing a new vision statement. All transitions and policy changes made over the last year and those coming this year, including those made to prevent budget overruns and improve artistic quality, have been made and will continue to be made based on guidance from key founders, staff members, board members, and advisors as well as supporters from the community. These transitions, including the need to transition from a part-time to full-time artistic director, were set several years ago in the company's strategic plan.
On February 1, Watts Village Theater Company (WVTC) welcomed back its co-founder Lynn Manning to lead the organization. Manning replaces former Artistic Director Guillermo Aviles-Rodriguez, who will continue his full-time work as Assistant Professor of Theater and Cinema at Los Angeles Mission College. Aviles-Rodriguez leads the college's relatively new theater program and promises to bring his trademark innovations and insights to the program.
Not without a bit of sadness, the board accepted the former artistic director's resignation with the company's strategic plan and vision for the future in mind as well as the need for a full-time director. The board and staff thank him for his years of hard work and service and wish him well in his future endeavors.
David Mack, WVTC's Managing Director stated, "I am confident that Watts Village will continue to shine brightly as a beacon of hope and possibility for the South Los Angeles community. Under the leadership of Lynn Manning and with this year's line-up, we are sure to grow our supporters like never before."
Manning, a former WVTC Board Chair, holds the unique honor of having served as artist and board for the company, and now serving as the artistic visionary for the future of the innovative Watts-based theater company.