Managing Director

Gretchen E. Butler is an arts administrator with over 20 years of nonprofit arts leadership.  She holds a BA in Theatre from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and an MFA in Theatre Management from the Hilberry Theatre at Wayne State University. Gretchen worked as a freelance Stage Manager, Box Office Associate, and Arts Educator throughout Atlanta prior to joining the staff of Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) as their Production Manager.  After 8 years with GET, Gretchen became the first Managing Director of Serenbe Playhouse. After 3 years there, she moved into the role of Director of Operations of the Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment, parent company of the Playhouse. In the fall of 2018, Gretchen returned to Theatrical Outfit, the place where she had her first professional job in Atlanta theatre 20 years earlier, as their Managing Director.

Gretchen is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Atlanta Woman’s Club, where she chairs the Education Community Service Project.  She serves on the Board of Trustees of Kingswood United Methodist Church and the Capital Campaign Committee of The Sunflower Initiative, which funds scholarships for students attending women’s colleges.

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