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HART Leadership Change

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Ray Hale, a long running board member and past President retires from work and HART, leaving an incredible legacy to the community of Hillsboro. In his 25-year tenure he directed, acted, built and painted sets, hung lighting and curtains, ran sound, applied for royalties, hired directors and cast and crew, recruited board members, applied for grants, worked on policies and procedures, wrote HART's five-year plan, helped write the capital campaign and oversaw the buildout of the new theatre along with other board members. Ray’s smile and good nature will resonate in the hearts and souls of the thousands of people that were fortunate enough to work alongside him, and those that were entertained by his talents over the years. His legacy at HART is the reason the current board decided to honor him with his namesake on the theatre entrance. The now “Ray Hale Auditorium” will welcome the future audience, cast, and crew for the next twenty-five years. Ray will always be part of this amazing community theatre and will be an advisor to our board for years to come.

Doug Sellers, no stranger to HART or the community of Hillsboro assumes the role of HART President once again. A business owner in downtown Hillsboro for the past twenty years, Doug and his wife Dawn own and operate Primrose and Tumbleweeds on Main street and have been very active in the arts community in Hillsboro. Doug is one of the founding members of the Hillsboro Arts and culture council (H.A.C.C.), and served seven years on that council. Dawn took over his seat and serves on it today. Doug’s theatre history involves working with several theatres throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington. From board member to board President, Doug has served on boards for over thirty-five years. Doug has appeared in and directed numerous shows as well as film and television. Doug’s goal for HART in the next twenty-five years is to still be here and solvent. Doug is putting together a dedicated team of diverse talents to build a strong base to launch our twenty-fifth anniversary. Funding is the main element he is concerned with. Doug’s goal in his first year are to build a full active board, write grants to fund the twenty-fifth season as well as build a financial base for its continuing future, write HART’s new five-year business plan that will take HART to 2024, re-write all roles and responsibilities of board members to achieve a successful future, build a new website and social media presence to enhance the community’s awareness, re-paint the inside of the theatre, remove all unwanted items collected over the past ten years, organize all props, costumes and set pieces, re-design the program, increase our donor list, and last but not least sit in the audience and enjoy the hard work of thousands of very diverse and talented people whom come together volunteering their time and energy to put on a great performance.