Orange City Arts recently announced its new executive director, Lindsay Bauer.
Bauer graduated from Northwestern College in ’08 with a bachelor’s in theatre. She is one of the early organizers of the local theater troupe, The SchoolHouse Company, and served as its director of education. She then worked in Chicago as the after-school programs coordinator with American Theater Company.
And now, back in Orange City with her husband Cody and son William, Bauer is the program director of OCStages/ Orange City Youth Theatre and acts professionally with Vandal Theatre Lab and Swander Woman Productions. She assisted in the planning of Orange City Arts’ summer festival—Arts on Central 2016, and she produced An Evening of Dance for OC Arts in January ’17. In December, she acted in The SchoolHouse Company’s production of Little Women.
The Bauers made a conscious decision to move to Orange City two years ago. “When debating where to settle down and raise our young son,” said Bauer, “we chose to return to Orange City to rejoin this unique community of artists, philosophers, activists and believers.”
She is joining the Orange City Arts team this month, following the resignation of executive director Janine Calsbeek. Calsbeek has served as Orange City Arts director for eight years.
“I’m excited to have Lindsay take the reins,” said Calsbeek. “She’s passionate about the arts, and she’s a great communicator and teacher. She’s organized too. To use her words, she’s ‘detail-obsessed.’”
Calsbeek expressed appreciation to the community, city, donors, board members and volunteers. “This community is full of supportive and enthusiastic people. I’m unspeakably grateful for the privilege of working in the arts, with the people, here.”
Bauer is becoming director of Orange City Arts during the year of its 40th anniversary. The non-profit arts organization is committed to enriching the community by showcasing world-class artists, facilitating arts education and supporting local creative talent. Orange City Arts receives approximately 35 percent of its annual budget from the City of Orange City, the rest from local donors, admission fees and grants.