Seven months after its previous leader resigned, the city of Sandy Springs May 23 announced it has hired Shaun Albrechtson as executive director of the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, also known as the Byers Theatre.
Albrechtson replaces Michael Enoch, who served as the center’s general manager until resigning in October. Enoch led the center while it and other City Springs venues were managed by Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, a division of Philadelphia-based Comcast. But in January the city announced it was ending its partnership with Spectra two years after it started, and nine of the 12 Spectra staff members were brought in house to manage the center.
Albrechtson brings more than 20 years of experience in arts and venue management to the center. He comes to Sandy Springs from Parker, Colorado, where he has served since 2011 as assistant cultural director for programming for the Parker Arts, Culture & Events (PACE) Center, a facility owned by the city of Parker. Albrechtson was instrumental in facilitating the opening of the 50,000-square-foot space, which includes a 540-seat theatre, event rooms, a 3,000-seat amphitheater and classrooms.
“I enjoy establishing life-long patrons of the arts who can find creative opportunities, whether they are young or retired. I look forward to working with the staff and the community to establish highly diverse seasons of theatre, music, art, education, and many other artistic disciplines within the Performing Arts Center,” he said in a news release.
Prior to his appointment at the PACE Center, Albrechtson served as director of production for the University of Texas in Austin, managing the planning and implementation of the university’s special events. He served as interim production manager, technical director at The Intiman Theatre in Seattle, one of the nation’s leading innovators in theatre.
Albrechtson also provided programming and management duties at The Orcas Center in Eastsound, Washington, and the Taylor Performing Arts Center in San Diego. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Charter Oak State College and a master’s degree in arts administration from the University of Kentucky.
“Shaun brings to the city a well-established career in the arts and venue management, successfully developing and implementing business plans and diverse programming to meet the needs of the communities in which he’s served. His enthusiasm, qualifications and proven record of accomplishment in program and administration management, facility rentals, and artistic and educational programming made him an ideal candidate to lead the program,” Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough said in a news release.
Albrechtson’s starting salary will be $115,000. He begins his new role July 15.