The managing director of the Depot Theatre in Westport has accepted a job at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
Chris Casquilho, who has been the managing director at the Depot since 2007, will be leaving at the end of the year to take a job as the Administrative Director of the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts at Weber State University, located about an hour north of Salt Lake City in the city of Ogden.
“This has been a fantastic community to be in,” Casquilho said. “There are so many caring and connected people. One of the things that we have loved is that the local food here is at the heart of a movement and that is something that we have been proud to be a part of.”
The move puts Casquilho over the administrative duties at the college performance arts center, which is home to three stages, the largest holding 1,700 seats.
“For me, it’s definitely an upward career move,” he said. “It is a larger apparatus and this will be a more executive, more visionary position with less hands on in terms of the day-to-day operations as I had here.”
Casquilho said that he will work alongside the university’s theater department and courses that call the center home, and will be working on the development office at the school to help raise funds for the site. He added that his work at the Depot Theatre was something that helped him land the position.
“One of the things that appealed to them was that there are so many people who are involved in the Depot from the town to the railroad companies, and there are all these different parties that have to work together,” Casquilho said. “They saw that I had that experience working with different groups to accomplish the goals and I think that was something they were looking for in a candidate.”
One goal that Casquilho has before he journeys west is to finalize the placing of the theater on the National Register of Historic Places.
“We are right on the edge of it,” he said. “I am hoping to wrap that up before I go.”
Casquilho said he was also pleased with the ability of he and the theater board to manage finances during a tough economic period.
“We wanted to sustain the size for this type of company and make that dynamic,” he said. “I think that we have done some of the best work so far on making that happen.”
Depot Artistic Director Shami McCormick said that the board was meeting to start the process of finding Casquilho’s replacement.
“It is something that we certainly hope to fill soon,” she said.