From staff reports
The Bay Community Theatre in Suttons Bay announced in a press release that it has hired Graham Powers as its new general manager. Powers comes to “The Bay” from Fort Wayne, Indiana, bringing with him five years’ experience in both hospitality management and operations management, most recently within the Parkview Health System.
“I’m excited to be joining the team at The Bay! From my first meeting with leadership, I sensed a great fit,” said Powers. “The Bay is growing in its expanding mission to the community, and I see myself playing a significant role in supporting that mission. The Bay has the potential and the ability to be an incredible hub for the community for movies, yes, but live events and other creative endeavors as well.”
The Theatre board began its search for a new manager more than six months ago, when its former manager resigned to re-locate closer to family, downstate.
“I was searching for a new opportunity and wanted to find work I could be passionate about, in this type of setting,” said Powers. “Growing up, my dad was president of the board of a local NPR station in Indiana. Going together to live events, hearing guest speakers, all while being part of a small community, that’s my background. That’s where I’m at home.
“I’m thrilled to be here just in time for the launch of the Made in Michigan series, each film created by Michigan based filmmakers. This is a great example of why The Bay is right for me.”
Powers attended Anderson University while living in Indiana and recently moved to Traverse City. His love for the outdoors is evident in his enjoyment of downhill skiing, backpacking, camping, and ultra-trail running.
Powers will be responsible for the overall daily management of the Theatre, focusing on customer experience and engagement, building maintenance and improvements, employee relations, and all systems.
The Bay Community Theatre is a 501(C)3 non-profit, volunteer run performing arts venue that focuses on serving the community with first run, limited release and documentary films, live entertainment, and community events. The Bay has been in operation for more than 70 years and became a community-run non-profit in 2018. We The Board and volunteers at The Bay are delighted to have Graham Powers on board.