Wagon Wheel Executive Director Resigns

May 21, 2024 at 8:44 a.m.
Lakesha Green
Lakesha Green

By David L. Slone

A news release from Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts Executive Director Lakesha Green and another release from the Wagon Wheel Board of Directors Tuesday morning announced Green’s resignation.
Green has served the past three years as the executive director, according to the Wagon Wheel Board chair, Emily Illingworth Kosnik, in the board’s news release. Her tenure as director has been marked both by growth and financial difficulty as the Covid pandemic caused the cancellation of an entire theater season, along with the cancelling of several more shows because of cast illness. During Green’s tenure, however, the Wagon Wheel Conservatory, which features classes and instruction in singing, dancing and theater for the younger generations, has seen remarkable growth and development, the release states.
In the news release from Green, she stated, “It is with mixed emotions that I announce my departure from Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts. Serving as executive director for the past three years has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my career, and it is a decision that comes after careful consideration and reflection.
“During my tenure, I have had the honor of working with an extraordinary team and dedicated partners who share a deep commitment. I am immensely proud of the progress we have made and confident that the organization is well-positioned to continue its important work. The board of directors and I will work closely to ensure a smooth transition, and I have full faith in the leadership team and staff to carry forward the mission with the same passion and dedication.
“I am grateful for the support and trust that the board, staff, volunteers, and community have shown me over the years. It has been a privilege to lead Wagon Wheel and I look forward to seeing the incredible impact it will continue to have in the future.”
She stated that as she moves on to the next chapter of her professional journey, she will always cherish her time at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and remain a steadfast supporter of its mission.”
“Thank you for the incredible journey and for allowing me to be a part of this remarkable organization,” she concluded.
The news release from the Wagon Wheel Board states the executive director is responsible for overseeing the growth and development of all six of the “spokes of the wheel,” which include the professional theater, Wagon Wheel Junior for children, Wagon Wheel Community Theater, Wagon Wheel Conservatory, Wagon Wheel Symphony of the Lakes and the Wagon Wheel Concert Series.
Kosnik commended Green for her ability to promote the organization and thanked her for her service.
Kristin Mason, board treasurer, reminded Wagon Wheel patrons and donors that arts organizations are under great financial stress at this time, and Wagon Wheel is no exception. With the 2024 summer season about to begin, there is a crucial need for tax-deductible donations to augment ticket revenue as the professional cast members arrive and prepare to open the season, the release states.
The first summer show, “Beauty and the Beast,” will open June 6, and will be followed throughout the summer by “Kiss Me Kate,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” Further information is available by calling 574-267-8041 or by logging onto wagonwheelcenter.org.

A news release from Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts Executive Director Lakesha Green and another release from the Wagon Wheel Board of Directors Tuesday morning announced Green’s resignation.
Green has served the past three years as the executive director, according to the Wagon Wheel Board chair, Emily Illingworth Kosnik, in the board’s news release. Her tenure as director has been marked both by growth and financial difficulty as the Covid pandemic caused the cancellation of an entire theater season, along with the cancelling of several more shows because of cast illness. During Green’s tenure, however, the Wagon Wheel Conservatory, which features classes and instruction in singing, dancing and theater for the younger generations, has seen remarkable growth and development, the release states.
In the news release from Green, she stated, “It is with mixed emotions that I announce my departure from Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts. Serving as executive director for the past three years has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my career, and it is a decision that comes after careful consideration and reflection.
“During my tenure, I have had the honor of working with an extraordinary team and dedicated partners who share a deep commitment. I am immensely proud of the progress we have made and confident that the organization is well-positioned to continue its important work. The board of directors and I will work closely to ensure a smooth transition, and I have full faith in the leadership team and staff to carry forward the mission with the same passion and dedication.
“I am grateful for the support and trust that the board, staff, volunteers, and community have shown me over the years. It has been a privilege to lead Wagon Wheel and I look forward to seeing the incredible impact it will continue to have in the future.”
She stated that as she moves on to the next chapter of her professional journey, she will always cherish her time at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and remain a steadfast supporter of its mission.”
“Thank you for the incredible journey and for allowing me to be a part of this remarkable organization,” she concluded.
The news release from the Wagon Wheel Board states the executive director is responsible for overseeing the growth and development of all six of the “spokes of the wheel,” which include the professional theater, Wagon Wheel Junior for children, Wagon Wheel Community Theater, Wagon Wheel Conservatory, Wagon Wheel Symphony of the Lakes and the Wagon Wheel Concert Series.
Kosnik commended Green for her ability to promote the organization and thanked her for her service.
Kristin Mason, board treasurer, reminded Wagon Wheel patrons and donors that arts organizations are under great financial stress at this time, and Wagon Wheel is no exception. With the 2024 summer season about to begin, there is a crucial need for tax-deductible donations to augment ticket revenue as the professional cast members arrive and prepare to open the season, the release states.
The first summer show, “Beauty and the Beast,” will open June 6, and will be followed throughout the summer by “Kiss Me Kate,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” Further information is available by calling 574-267-8041 or by logging onto wagonwheelcenter.org.

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