By DON O'BRIENHerald-Whig Staff Writer
After 39 years with the Missouri Department of Corrections' Board of Probation and Parole, Dan Conboy will retire June 30. Instead of taking it easy in "retirement," Conboy finds himself accepting a new challenge.
On Tuesday, the Quincy Community Theatre announced that Conboy will become the group's executive director, a newly created position. The theater has been seeking a leader since Lenny Bart resigned his post as the managing/artistic director to become executive director of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts.
The theater has decided to have two people fill Bart's slot. Conboy will be in charge of most of the day-to-day business operations, while a to-be-hired artistic director will be in charge of the group's productions.
"It will be a night-and-day difference," Conboy said in trying to compare his new job with his old one. "But I've worked with the theater people and have been in it for a long time. That transition will be fairly easy."
Conboy, a Monroe City, Mo., native, has been involved with the Quincy Community Theatre for more than 20 years, appearing in numerous productions. He was in his second term as the QCT Board president when he relinquished that role to pursue the executive director post. Conboy said the board decided about two months ago that it would take more than one person to fill the vacuum created by Bart's departure.
"We looked at the position when Lenny left, and we also talked to Dominic Cattero, who preceded Lenny," Conboy said. "Both of them said that it's a really time-consuming job to do both tasks. When we went to look for candidates, we had some great candidates to consider. Interviewing them, they said there would have to be some changes made in order for them to have time for themselves and their families."
Conboy, 61, will be in charge of the business side of the organization and will collaborate with the artistic director in production of the season.
"We felt the time had come to split the duties of this job," QCT Board President Randy Stocker said. "Not only is it a challenge to find people with strong skill sets in both business management and artistic vision, it has become clear as the organization has grown that the amount of work involved is much more than we can reasonably expect of one person."
Conboy will work on a part-time basis with the group through July and start full-time with the theater Aug. 1. He said he expects an artistic director to be named soon.
"The board is pushing for an announcement in the next 30 days," Conboy said.
The Quincy Community Theatre got its start in 1923. Since spring 1995, the theater has been performing at a 498-seat venue inside the Oakley-Lindsay Center at Third and York, near Quincy's riverfront.