QUINCY -- Sara Reuschel started as executive director of Quincy Community Theatre on Thursday, and she already has been immersed in the organization's operations.
"There is a lot going on right now at the theatre," she said. "We have all of our summer classes getting ready to ramp up. We have our big summer musical later in July ‘Bye Bye Birdie.' It's just a really exciting time at the theater."
Reuschel was welcomed to QCT on Tuesday during a welcome reception at the Oakley-Lindsay Center.
She took over the position from interim Executive Director Dan Conboy after she served as director of Quincy Medical Group's Healthcare Foundation since 2014.
"We have such a strong theater in this community," Reuschel said. "It really is a gem, and the opportunity to get to work here to get to be part of the magic that happens here was just too good of an opportunity to pass up."
She had regularly been a patron of QCT, which annually produces five major productions and three student productions, as well as touring performances and workshops and classes.
"I'm a huge fan of the productions that come out of this theater, and that's another thing that attracted me to it -- the high quality productions that we're able to present to the community," she said.
Reushcel has more than 14 years of experience in fundraising, development, communications, project management and event organization, where she focused on community betterment and collaboration. She previously has served as a community outreach coordinator for the city of Quincy and member services director for the Quincy Family YMCA.
"I have a passion for nonprofits," she said. "A lot of my career has been spent in the nonprofit world, so I'm hopeful that what I've been able to learn in past positions on successful management, living within restricted budgets while also being very successful, I hope that I'm able to bring some of those traits and experiences to help the community theatre continue to flourish."
Reuschel wasn't surprised to see strong community support for QCT but to fully grasp how large the theater community is.
"I have only got to meet a few volunteers, but I'm hearing so many stories of other volunteers or families that are very invested in the theater," she said. "That has been a big part of it."