July 3, 2000
"The current focus for the Executive Director and the Board is to complete negotitations for its building site and to design and implement a capital campaign," said Neil E. Larson, NPACF Founder. "We are thrilled to have someone of Dick's caliber and enthusiasm on board."
Prior to coming to the Seattle area 20 years ago, Collins served as IBM Corporate Mananger for Arts and Sciences in NYC; the Executive Director, Maine State Commission for the Arts; and Executive Director of the Denver Center For the Performing Arts, among other roles. In 1979, he founded the Seattle capital campaign-consulting firm that grew into the successful and highly respected Collins Group. His first assignment was to manage the fundraising drive for the Seattle Repertory Theatre's Bagley Wright Theatre. Over 100 other projects followed, including the Intiman Theater, Village Theatre, Whatcom Museum of Art, Youth Eastside Services, and Seattle YWCA.
Preliminary plans for the Center, slated to open in spring 2005, include a 1,200-seat Mainstage Theatre and a more intimate 400-seat theatre for smaller productions. Both theatres will be well-equipped, multi-use facilities that can be used for music, drama, dance, lectures, meetings, and special events. The Mainstage Theatre will be available for large productions, including symphonies, musicals, school presentations, and national touring productions.
The Foundation can be contacted at P.O. Box 486, Bothell, WA 98041; or at 425/489-6638. For more information, call Neil E. Larson (425/488-7892) or Dick Collins (425/489-6638).