Gabe Gloden is Boise Contemporary Theater’s new managing director. He has strong skills in nonprofit management as well as in the development of new plays.
Gloden replaces Helene Peterson, who left the theater in June after 13 years.
He comes to Boise most recently from Detroit, where he worked as development and community engagement officer at Wayne State University Press, Detroit’s largest nonprofit publishing company. Gloden helped it become one of the most innovative private university presses in the country.
He also worked as managing director for the Bloomington Playwrights Project, Indiana’s only professional theater focused on developing new plays. While there, Gloden helped strengthen the theater financially and gain a national reputation. In 2010, Gloden was recognized as Manager of the Year by the Bloomington Tourism Bureau.
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Gloden’s skills and interests fall in line with BCT’s growing mission to create new works for the American theater.
BCT artistic director Matthew Cameron Clark launched an initiative this year called The River Prize. It’s a combination playwright’s residency and fellowship that will commission a new play each season, then support it through its writing, development and production.
The first recipient is Cleveland-based playwright Eric Coble. This will mark Coble’s third world premiere at BCT and his first commission from Clark.
Coble’s “Margin of Error (Or, The Unassailable Wisdom of the Mouse and the Scorpion),” a two-character play about a savvy political operative and his young assistant who get stranded during a freak snowstorm in Boise at the turning point of a campaign.
The company will open another new play, a co-world premiere later this month of Hansol Jung’s “No More Sad Things.”
Gloden moves to the Treasure Valley with his wife, actor and playwright Emily Goodson.
Boise Contemporary Theater’s “No More Sad Things”:
8 p.m. Nov. 24-25 and 27-28 and Wednesdays-Saturdays, Dec. 2-19; and 2 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19, 854 Fulton St. $34 Fridays-Saturdays, $20 matinees and Wednesdays, $26 Thursdays, $18 previews (Nov. 24-25, 27), $16 all student tickets. 331-9224, ext. 205; bctheater.org.