It’s a head-turner at Hubbard Street Dance company
August 20th, 2017
There’s drama at Hubbard Street Dance Company, but its all behind the stage.
Sara Albrecht has stepped down from her position as board chair and is walking away from the performance company she’s supported for more than 20 years.
The dramatic departure comes a few months after Executive Director Jason Palmquist left for another opportunity. While searching for his replacement, Albrecht took on some of the dance company’s day-to-day business duties. She was a logical choice as board chair and because of her experience as CEO of the nationally known (and now closed) Ultimo boutique store. She now runs Swan Capital LLC, her own investment company.
I hear Albrecht clashed with Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton over business issues.
There’s a natural tension between the business and artistic sides of an art house. But their disagreements escalated to the board room and the result was Albrecht, who donates as much as $50,000 a year to the company, leaving.
Check out more details in my Taking Names column in the Chicago Sun-Times.