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June 3, 2014

Strand Center hires executive director

PLATTSBURGH — Jessica Dulle, new executive director of the Strand Center for the Arts, is two weeks into her relocation from her native Missouri.

This is her first foray in the Northeast, and she is liking the energy she finds here.

“Over the last 10 years or so in my career, I have had jobs in arts councils, museums and theaters, but I haven’t had the opportunity to actually take on more of like an arts complex,” Dulle said.

“So when I saw the position, I submitted an application and contacted the board president, Leigh Mundy, and kind of asked her a little bit about where they were in the phase with the restoration and what they wanted to do.

“I liked the idea ... of a complex here with the arts.”

The Strand Center for the Arts comprises the Strand Theatre and North Country Cultural Center for Arts.

NATIONAL SEARCH

Previously, Dulle was executive director of the Capital City Council on the Arts in Jefferson City, Mo.

She has a background in arts administration and holds a bachelor’s degree in theater with a film and broadcasting minor from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. She also has an Master of Business Administration in general management from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.

The Strand’s board conducted a national search for candidates with theater and arts-management experience.

“We got over 20 applications from all over the country and one from China,” Mundy said. “Some of them were not quite the caliber we wanted, so we narrowed it down.

“There were 10 high-quality candidates who could be at any theater or museum in the country. It came down to personality, and (Dulle) had everything we needed.”

SEES LOCAL ENERGY

The challenge of the position appealed to Dulle.

“There is a lot of room for growth,” she said. “I like the idea of it being at the stage where it is right now, and there’s a lot of creativity.

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