Capitol Center for Arts director to step down

  • Nicki Clarke, executive director of the Capitol Center for the Arts, organizes volunteers in 2017.  Monitor file

  • Nicki Clarke John_W_Hession—Courtesy

Published: 4/9/2021 5:01:38 PM

Nicolette Clarke will step down from her role as executive director of the Capitol Center for the Arts this summer after a 14-year run that included creating the Bank of New Hampshire stage and increasing the number of shows six-fold.

Ron Reed, chair of the CCA board of directors, said Friday that Clarke will retire at the end of the fiscal year on July 31.

“My retirement at the end of this fiscal year allows the CCA to build forward into a new fall season in dynamic and creative ways,” Clarke said in a prepared statement.

A search committee will begin the process to hire Clarke’s successor. Assistant Executive Director Joe Gleason will serve as interim director if necessary.

Clarke is only the second executive director in the 25-year history of the Capitol Center for the Arts. M.T. Menino led the organization from 1994-2005.

Like all theaters, the CCA has been closed more than a year, although it has put on some outdoor shows. During this period, Clarke oversaw a strategic plan for re-emerging from the effects of the pandemic and the installation of new HVAC filters, hands-free restroom equipment, and other pandemic-related features in both the Chubb Theatre and the Bank of NH Stage. Clarke also oversaw the establishment of an advisory team to address equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility policies and programs.

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