Mosaic Theatre was committed to working with the local community - hiring many local actors, designers and directors every season. In every curtain speech of every Mosaic show I ever attended, Simon would implore his audiences to see more local theatre, his passion for this theatre community always shining through. Mosaic Theatre heartedly invested in the talent of South Florida, producing a range of plays and musicals that provided South Florida actors, directors and designers with unique challenges.The news of the closure comes as a shock to our community, which is still grieving the losses of Florida Stage, The Promethean Theatre and Caldwell Theatre Company. However, as Simon did in every one of his curtain speeches, I encourage you to keep supporting the thought provoking work that we will miss from Mosaic Theatre at our other member companies.Thank you to Richard Jay Simon for creating a vibrant, ever-changing space where local artists got to thrive.
Here's Simon's letter:
Dear Friends of Mosaic Theatre,A few weeks ago I submitted my resignation as Executive/Artistic Director, effective at theend of the 2012/2013 Season, to my Board.As you can imagine, it was with a heavy heart and the decision was not an easy one for me. I spent 14 years of my life investing everything I had in making Mosaic Theatre what it is today and I'm quite proud of what we have accomplished.As I have become older and as I am about to become a father, I wish to improve my quality of life. My priorities have changed and I have changed.I stated to the Board that I would do everything within my power to allow Mosaic Theatre to flourish including remaining as a consultant, Board Member and advocate. Mosaic is my baby and I want to see it fly and soar to the new heights I believe it so richly deserves.However, last Monday, the Board voted to close the theater. The Board believes that it was a financially responsible decision to close the theater as I am "the heart and soul" of the organization and without me, it has no chance to move forward.I, of course opposed the decision to close the theater, but unfortunately, I am only one vote. I want it to be clear that everyone on the Board loves the theater and wishes that it could continue. The Board tried to convince me to withdraw my resignation. I didn't.I am incredibly grateful that we are going to be returning subscription revenue for theremainder of the season. This is significant and is a great demonstration of goodwill onbehalf of the organization. Checks for three shows will be mailed shortly.As for me, I now plan to pursue opportunities in many different arenas and am honestlyunsure what my next chapter in life will be. I know that I plan to remain in South Floridaand will always be a patron, advocate, and champion of theater....Thank you South Florida. It has been an honor to serve this community and I sincerely hope that I have enriched the quality of your lives in some way.Much love,Richard Jay SimonFounder and Executive/Artistic DirectorMosaic Theatre
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