Managing Director

Gretchen E Butler joined the staff of Theatrical Outfit in the fall of 2018, returning to the very place where she had her first professional job in Atlanta theatre over 20 years ago. 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 in 2006.  After 8 years with GET, she became the first Managing Director of Serenbe Playhouse, eventually moving into the role of Director of Operations of the Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment, parent company of the Playhouse.  Gretchen is a proud graduate of ALMA (Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta), as well as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. She feeds her passion for civic service through Atlanta Woman’s Club, where she serves as Treasurer and chairs the COVID-19 Relief Fund grant program; Kingswood United Methodist Church, where she chairs the Staff Parish Relations Committee; and the Capital Campaign Committee of The Sunflower Initiative, which funds scholarships for students attending women’s colleges.

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