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Managing Director Cate Hinkle departing Peoria-based Theater Works

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Cate Hinkle, who has announced her departure from Peoria-based Theater Works. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)
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Cate Hinkle, who has guided Theater Works’ significant growth and outreach over the last seven years is departing from the organization, with today being her last day, Thursday, June 30.

Ms. Hinkle served as director of marketing and development before being named managing director, according to a press release.



“This was not an easy decision for me because my tenure at Theater Works has been so incredibly rewarding,” Ms. Hinkle, who lives in Gilbert with her husband and two children, said in a prepared statement. “But this is a tremendous opportunity that allows me to leverage and focus on my fund-raising and development experience to support many important nonprofit organizations.”



Theater Works board chair Justin Shaver wishes Ms. Hinkle good luck on her future endeavors.

“Cate has done a tremendous job over the last seven years building our audience and our reach into the community as well as helping establish a solid financial foundation which enabled us to get through the pandemic,” he said. “We wish her great success in her new position.”

Mr. Shaver said the Theater Works board of directors has formed a search committee to find Ms. Hinkle’s successor. In the interim, the organization will be led by Artistic Director Chris Hamby, who has been with Theater Works for the last 12 years, the release states.

Local professional theater is an integral part of the Valley of the Sun, like this performance from Childsplay at the Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)

An effective force

During more than two decades as an arts administrator, Ms. Hinkle has handled a range of responsibilities including as director of development and marketing director with the Phoenix Boys Choir as well as wearing many hats in both marketing and development at the Herberger Theater Center.

She has consulted for numerous businesses in the Valley across industries, both for-profit and nonprofit, to aid in building their marketing or fundraising efforts. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a member of Leadership West’s Class XXIII.

Ms. Hinkle was nominated for an ATHENA Award in 2017, which honors women at the pinnacle of their careers who invest consistently in their profession, their community and especially other women, the release states.

Ms. Hinkle is certified as a nonprofit marketing professional through the Arts and Business Council of Phoenix. She previously served on the Marketing Construction Mitigation Committee for Downtown Phoenix Partnership during the light rail construction in downtown Phoenix, and most recently has aided on executive search committees for various performing arts groups.

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