The Grand Opera House Announces New Executive And Artistic Director

Nick Halder is an experienced arts administrator and creative director in the nonprofit sector and higher education. Over a 15-year career, Halder has had the opportunity to work across the country in a variety of positions, most recently as the co-founder and producing artistic director of Rising Star Theatre Company and theatre director in residence at Clarke University. He has been instrumental alongside the Rising Star Theatre Board of Directors in leading and growing the company over the past 11 years, both artistically and organizationally.

A native of northwest Iowa, Halder first came to Dubuque in 2005 to work alongside Rising Star Theatre Company co-founder Megan Schumacher at the Grand Opera House for the company’s summer youth production. He returned the following three summers to help grow the programmatic offerings. Halder began his new duties on May 24.

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