Egyptian names radio host to new post
May 15, 2009
As the Egyptian Theatre’s newly minted theater manager, Randy Barton will work 30 hours a week to oversee the day-to-day operation of the Main Street stage, train staff and volunteers and work with vendors to ensure productions run smoothly.
Barton, whose position is paid, will also head up efforts to raise money for the stage and work closely with the board to manage expenses. He will not book acts, though. That responsibility still falls to the Board of Trustees.
Jeff Groy, president of the board, confirmed the announcement Wednesday. He said hiring Barton is part of plans, already underway, to revamp the nonprofit artistically and as an organization.
Groy and his team decided to eliminate the artistic director and executive director positions earlier this year and cancel an existing slate of shows because of slumping ticket sales and expensive productions. Barton is a proven leader who will offer guidance as the Egyptian begins to pay off about $150,000 in debt, Groy said.
Barton is the founder and former executive director of Mountain Town Stages, which stages hundreds of concerts in Summit County every year. He is the current host of an afternoon news program on KPCW and has lived here since 1975, according to a press release. He will continue doing his show on the radio station.
"He’s got tremendous experience with nonprofits and he knows how to work behind the scenes," Groy said.
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Although Barton was not formally hired until this week, board member Maura Robbins noted that he began working with vendors to prepare the Egyptian for Park City Follies in April. Robbins said part of Barton’s responsibilities will be to mobilize volunteers. "People care about the theater," she said. "[Randy] is someone who can reach out to people who want to help."
His connects with local bands and touring acts will be an effective networking tool for diversifying what is staged at the Egyptian, Robbins added. Barton first expressed interest in the post soon after the board laid off artistic director Terence Goodman. "I think we’re all very excited," Robbins said. "He had a positive plan. He’s a well-liked guy in town and he seems very efficient."
Barton appeared on the Egyptian stage in early productions of The Park City Players, the troupe that preceded the Egyptian Theatre Company, according to the release.
To contact Barton, email with questions about the Egyptian, email firstname.lastname@example.org . The Egyptian hosts the final night of "Once On This Island" Saturday at 7 p.m.