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January 29, 2018 – Salinas, CA … ARIEL Theatrical announced that Heather Kirk has accepted the position of Executive Director. Kirk joined the ARIEL team nearly two years ago as the Development Director. She navigated challenges following the devastating fire that gutted the neighboring Dick Bruhn building with an optimistic outlook and focused on establishing new community partners and maximizing outreach efforts. She continues to reinforce the efforts of the production team and maintain a level of excellence that has been established at ARIEL. As a parent and long-time proponent of positive artistic outlets for young people, Kirk is determined to enlist broad support and promote the sustainability of, as one parent described, this “jewel in our community.”

Kirk is thrilled to take a more public role as an advocate for an organization that has touched so many lives for more than three decades. She recently stated, “It is inspiring and exciting to see how the process of bringing a musical production to the stage works as an ideal environment for teaching valuable life lessons to our young cast members. The result when the curtain opens is a reflection of not only hours and hours of hard work but also the principles that each young person has embraced and put into action. It is truly magical to watch!”

Kirk is dedicated to the ARIEL mission of helping young people learn to lead principle-centered lives and looks forward to enlisting support for this effort on stage, behind the scenes, in the audience and all throughout Monterey County.

Located in the heart of Salinas City Center, ARIEL Theatrical provides opportunities for children to explore the stage and learn valuable lessons about Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Excellence and Leadership – A-R-I-E-L. ARIEL’s finest productions are not the plays but the responsible young people who come together in a positive, collaborative spirit to learn, perform and share experiences that they will carry with them for a lifetime.  Visit ARIEL in the Karen Wilson Children’s Theatre, 320 Main Street in Salinas City Center, online at www.arieltheatrical.org or call 831-775-0976.


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