Becky Boesen resigned as executive artistic director of Lincoln's Flatwater Shakespeare Company, effective Dec. 8. The organization announced it was grateful for the energy, innovation and artistic quality that Boesen contributed to Flatwater Shakespeare during her tenure.
Her achievements have included expansion of the 2017 summer tour of Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor," which was named an official event of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Celebration, and included stops at Pioneers Park's one-room schoolhouse and the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice.
Boesen was also the primary architect and instructor for Flatwater's outreach programs for youth, "Little But Fierce" and "Sonnet Intensive." She directed a compelling production of Conor McPherson's "The Weir," staged in the Swan Theater at Wyuka Stables. One of the initiatives she inaugurated will continue through The Lincoln Shadow History Project, which completes Flatwater's 2017-18 season and draws upon community stories that were shared after performances of The Weir. Also, in spring 2018, Boesen will include Flatwater Shakespeare's "Little But Fierce" in the Lincoln Arts Council's Art Makes Me SmArt program.
“It's been a complete honor to fill this role for Flatwater Shakespeare Company during this exciting year of growth and transition,” says Boesen. “FSC is a cornerstone of Lincoln culture, and I am very lucky to have been a part of that. I look forward to championing Flatwater Shakespeare in years to come!”
Boesen is leaving Flatwater Shakespeare to concentrate on her arts education, management and creative company BLIXT, and on several of her own original plays, which are in development and already in performance regionally and nationally.
“The board of directors thanks Becky for all that she has done to move the Flatwater Shakespeare Company forward over the past year,” says Michelle Zinke, board chair. “We know that she will continue to support Flatwater Shakespeare as a member of the Lincoln arts community. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”