Auditorium Theatre appoints new CEO
August 4th, 2016
The Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University has a new CEO.
Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, an arts administrator with a fascinating back story, replaces Brett Batterson, who left Chicago to head Halloran Centre for Performing Arts in Memphis.
The Cuban-born Castroverde Moskalenko comes to Chicago by way of Carmel, Ind., where she is president and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation. She joined the center in 2012 and is credited with helping stabilize spending, creating a strategic plan and beefing up programming. Revenues have also increased from building and room rentals, the Auditorium said in a release announcing her appointment..
“She brings a wealth of experience to this position,” Roosevelt University President Ali R. Malekzadeh said, citing Castroverde Moskalenko’s work in Carmel and in Germantown, Tenn., where she was executive director of the Germantown Performing Arts Center.
The Auditorium Theatre has a $12 million operating budget and has been actively working on a $1 million fundraising campaign to update the building for fire codes.
The Romanesque theater was designed by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan and built in 1889. It’s one of the largest concert halls in the country, seating 3,900. Filling seats can be difficult. In January, planned performances of Les Grands Ballets’ “Leonce and Lena” were canceled due to a lack of ticket sales and sponsorship support.
With Castroverde Moskalenko appointment, Henry Fogel, who has been serving as Interim CEO, will return to his position as dean of Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. This transition in leadership will take place Oct. 3.
Castroverde Moskalenko arrived in the United States with her family as political refugees when she was 6 and credits her mother for a life-long love of the arts.
In an interview with the National Endowment for the Arts, she recalled a piano being delivered to the family’s home. “My mother sat at the piano to play the music of Cuba’s greatest classical music composer, Ernesto Lecuona. As my mother played, she began to weep. This beloved music brought all of her emotions to the surface. At that moment, my love of the arts was born.”