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Carrie Wintersteen to stay on at Theatre B, for now

The co-founder says the troupe will look at redefining executive director responsibilities.

Carrie Wintersteen of Theatre B
After announcing she was leaving her role as executive director of Theatre B, Carrie Wintersteen will stay on as the search for a replacement continues.
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MOORHEAD — More than three months after declaring she was stepping down as the executive director of Theatre B , co-founder Carrie Wintersteen announced she’s reconsidered.

“I’m staying. At least for a while,” Wintersteen stated in a newsletter.

She did not give a reason for changing her mind in the announcement and in an interview told The Forum that while she wasn’t on the search committee, the group did not find a good fit.

“Maybe there wasn’t an applicant who met all of the criteria,” she said.

She added that was more of a reflection of how the job grew beyond a typical executive director position around her after she and her husband, David Wintersteen, formed the troupe in 2003 with Scott and Lori Horvik. All four remain active in the ensemble.

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“I think that’s a normal part of the founder transition,” she said. “My portfolio is a lot of fundraising, administration, artistic work because I’m in the ensemble. I also do the budgeting.”

She added that the position’s pay may have been a factor in the hiring process as well.

“When I look at what other organizations can pay, we’re not particularly competitive,” she said.

Wintersteen said she’d agreed to stay on at least through December and was open to remain interim executive director through the group’s entire 20th season, which starts in the fall.

“My staying on allows us to go back to the drawing board and examine, should this be one job or two?” she said. “Maybe it’s time we have an artistic director.”

She said Theatre B’s upcoming season will be announced in the playbill for its last show of this season, “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play.” The dark comic musical was set to open this weekend after being postponed for two weeks by COVID cases.

Wintersteen said she was still taking a break in June to travel with family but would return to the executive director position in July.

“Important work takes time. My transition will happen at some point; it’s just going to be a little longer than I anticipated,” she stated in the newsletter.

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