SCOOP: More breaking Skylight news that just doesn't sit right.

Reliable sources have confirmed for me that a three option scenario was offered to Bill Theisen in regards to this monumentally poorly handled restructuring plan at Skylight.

I received this letter from Jamie Johns, Resident Music Director at The Skylight, who is leading a charge to force the Board to reexamine and reverse their decision:

Members of the board,

I just learned that Bill was offered to be kept on with a reduced salary through the top of January next year, directing Marriage of Figaro, Plaid Tidings, and Barber of Seville. Then Bill was to step down saying it was his own decision. This makes the Board's and Eric's intentions all the clearer. And it means that this undesirable media blitz could have been completely avoided, had the Board chose to present the restructuring to the community and the staff in a different manner, with an eye towards why and how this is artistically viable. It also shows how little of this is about money.

This makes it all the more imperative that this decision be reversed now. Eventually, the Board will have to face that this has been not only poorly handled, but a big mistake. The sooner that realization is made, the sooner this can possibly be fixed. At this point, the community is not at all ready to drop the issue.

Thank you,

Jamie Johns
Resident Music Director



I have been told that these were the three options presented to Theisen:

Option 1: Stay through MARRIAGE OF FIGARO a with reduced salary, and then resign on his own accord.
Option II: Stay through MARRIAGE OF FIGARO with an even greater reduced salary and be able to say that he was fired.
Option III: Just leave right now

I freely admit to having a lean relationship with journalistic integrity, and that allows me to say certain things. So I will.

This is the perfect demonstration of how NOT to unroll a plan for change. These types of leadership transitions are a fact of life. I am not opposed to change, change is good, but you gotta do a lot of front end work if you want that change to happen positively. And there is a way to fire someone with dignity and grace (yeah, firing sucks, no doubt). This does not seem to be the case with the situation at Skylight.

I'm sure there's more to unfold with all of this today. Let's just say for now, big thumbs down on handling this plan by the Skylight Board (or Executive Committee if they acted alone, in which case, they've got some explaining to do).