The Board of Directors of Bag&Baggage Productions, Hillsboro’s resident professional theater, is saddened to announce the departure of our Artistic Director Cassie Greer. Greer, who led the artistic work of the company for the past three years, is leaving the organization to pursue new artistic interests. The Board, and all of B&B’s audiences, wish her well in her future endeavors.
Greer began her career with B&B as an actor in the summer of 2011, shortly after moving to Oregon, and was a founding member of B&B’s Resident Artist Company. She became the artistic leader of the company in the spring of 2019.. During her tenure with B&B, Greer directed productions of Death and the Maiden, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, A Clockwork Orange, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), among others. When B&B was forced to cancel productions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Greer spearheaded Sequestered Soliloquies, a series of online monologues, written and performed by a diverse range of playwrights and artists.
“We are grateful to Cassie for her artistic leadership over the last three years, particularly in light of the overwhelming challenges posed by the pandemic,” said Laura Hoover, Chair of the Board of Directors. “This may feel like a time of great uncertainty for our audiences and patrons, but that really has been true for all theaters over the last few years. We are confident that Bag&Baggage can rise to meet these challenging times and continue Bag&Baggage’s legacy of high quality, accessible professional theater for our community under new leadership in the future.”
Working alongside a non-profit arts consultant, and with a newly expanded Board of Directors, B&B will begin the process of assessing next steps related to recruitment of new leadership immediately.
“Although the departure of an Artistic leader is often met with sadness, it is also a time of enormous possibility,” said Hoover. “We aren’t going to rush these next steps. In fact, the pandemic has given us the time we need to really dig deep and determine what the future holds for this beloved local institution.”
Board committees, supported by consultants and members of the community, will spend the coming months engaged in a strategic assessment of Bag&Baggage’s future. Continued Hoover, “How can we ensure we are serving our unique community? How can we ensure we are representing the people of Hillsboro in our work? How can we continue to center the voices of audiences and artists of color on stage at The Vault? What do we need to do to make B&B relevant, thrilling, and connected to our audiences? These are the questions our Board and our volunteers will seek to answer before finding a new Artistic Director.”
Unfortunately, we will be canceling our planned world-premiere production of Dan Kitrosser’s Svetlana! Svetlana! which was to be directed by Cassie and was scheduled to run in April of 2022. We understand that Dan and his team are likely to produce a rehearsed reading of the play at some point in the near future and we encourage all B&B fans to support that work if you are able. We do not anticipate there will be any changes to future planned productions, but will keep our patrons and supporters informed of any alterations to our schedule. “We hope that our patrons and audiences will continue to give us their love and patience as we move through the coming weeks and months. B&B is nothing if not flexible and nimble, and we hope our audiences will be so too.” said Hoover.
B&B audiences can find updates on future productions, including any possible changes to the performance calendar, online at bagnbaggage.org.
“Now would be a great time to sign up for our newsletter, or reach out to us if you are interested in supporting our work as a volunteer, as a committee member, or as a donor,” said Hoover. “We aren’t going anywhere, and expect B&B to be stronger than ever soon.”