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Weathervane Managing Director takes a bow

After more than 25 years at the Weathervane Theatre, Managing Director Lyn Osborne Winter will be retiring from the popular Whitefield theatre in May. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
April 16, 2018
WHITEFIELD — After more than 25 years at the Weathervane Theatre, Managing Director Lyn Osborne Winter will be retiring from the popular Whitefield theatre in May.

"Retirement," as she points out, is from being at the helm and as a key representative of the Weathervane but won't impact her active roles with the NH Theatre Awards and colleagues statewide in the professional theatre community.

Winter has been Managing Director since the 2008 retirement of Richard Portner, and prior to that had been Marketing Director and Associate since the early 1990s. The single year-round and full time employee has long been the consistent voice along with Board members of the popular professional summer theatre in the wider region where this summer, the Theatre will ring with a remarkable 53rd Season.

Remarkable because, as the region knows, the Weathervane has 'weathered' many a storm including a total rebuild in 2001 after the original building could no longer be used, as well as a dramatic fire in October 2011 that required rebuilding the property.

"After the fire - and having lived through the building ten years earlier I had said I thought I'd plan to be on vacation the next time a 10-year anniversary came around," says Winter, "so this is a departure that was always planned for, just taking place a couple years sooner while the Theatre addresses some transitions and changes."

"For more than 25 years, the cycle of putting on summer theatre has driven not only a professional schedule but a personal one as well. We even planned the timing of our wedding in 2005 around what needed to be done when," she said smiling, "and there are really many other interests that I'd really like to spend time with."

For residents of northern New Hampshire, she also continues her parallel leadership as pastor of Lisbon-Landaff's Shared Ministry; and added the pastorate of Bath Congregational Church last August. Rev. Lyn continues to be a popular officiating clergy at any number of events, and spiritual voice for several generations of families in multiple towns.

"I hesitate using the word 'retire' because I'm not slowing down in any direction if anything, I expect to be occupied even more and contribute to any number of efforts and organizations, as well as in ministry," she said. "It's just time to move away from active responsibilities at the Weathervane, where many transitions are taking place."

Her plans include consultancy in theatre management, operations, and development; and she will work through May as overall staffing changes are addressed and much of the Season prep is underway.

Weathervane Board President David Kenney observed, "Lyn's contributions to the stability and growth of the Weathervane over the years has made a big difference, and we'll miss her energy, enthusiasm and love for all things Weathervane. For me, personally, it has been a good working relationship, and she willed be missed. A transition team is in place, and plans continue for the coming summer without interruption."

The Weathervane Theatre's 53rd consecutive summer Season will open on July 7 with their traditional "Bubble & Squeak" performance that introduces the new and returning performers and working staff. Look for their performance lineup and news of the Season at www.weathervanetheatre.org.

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