Trustus Theatre has hired Leila Ibrahim as the new executive director. Partnering with Trustus Artistic Director Chad Henderson, Ibrahim will work to further develop business oversight, event execution and sponsorship support. Ibrahim comes to the Columbia community with more than nine years of experience, having spent the last year in Florence, S.C., as Florence Little Theatre’s executive director.
“Trustus has accomplished a lot in its short history and has a great, positive momentum,” said Ibrahim. “I really get the impression that they are on the cusp of becoming a true leader and regional presence in the arts — a theatre that other theatres look up to. I hope to help continue that upward climb and help push the organization to the next level.”
Ibrahim’s experience includes supervising, hiring and training box office staff as the box office manager at The Liacouras Center at Temple University, managing all operational aspects of ticket sales and executing 20+ events as the interim director at the Grand Opera House at Mercer University, and developing and implementing fundraising plans as the development director at Cherokee County Arts Center.
“One of the benefits of a smaller, local theatre is that it can be community-focused,” said Ibrahim. “We can really program and adapt to the community we serve, whether that means serving parts of the community that are currently underserved or doing work that really speaks to the current community. A smaller organization has the ability to change quicker to be more reflective of what is going on and that is a really exciting environment to be a part of.”
Via: Trustus Theatre