Kyrie Bristle, a longtime Croswell Opera House performer and volunteer, will step into a new role at the 150-year-old theater in December.
Bristle will begin work as the Croswell’s director of development on Dec. 5.
“As someone who is very passionate about our mission and values, Kyrie is a great fit for this role,” said Jere Righter, the Croswell’s artistic director. “She understands the impact that the Croswell has, not only on our performers but on our patrons and the community as a whole.”
Bristle holds a bachelor’s degree in theater and speech communication and a master’s degree in organizational leadership, both from Siena Heights University in Adrian. She previously worked at Glacier Hills Senior Living Community in Ann Arbor and at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.
In the newly added position, Bristle will be responsible for furthering the Croswell’s relationships with individuals, businesses and foundations both in and outside the Adrian area, with the goal of helping the theater expand its programming and build sustainability.
“The Croswell’s reputation is growing, and Kyrie will play a major role in taking our organization to a new level,” Righter said.
Bristle, a native of Clinton who has been involved in Croswell productions since 2008, said she is glad to have the opportunity to serve an organization she has come to love.
“Like many people, I know firsthand the impact the Croswell community can make on a person’s life,” she said. “I am looking forward to being a part of that magic and truly making a difference as part of the team.”
Bristle will be familiar to many Croswell patrons from the roles she has played on stage, including Sandra Bloom in 2015’s “Big Fish” and Marla McGowan in 2016’s “Leap of Faith.”
The Croswell Opera House has been in continuous operation since 1866 and is the oldest theater in Michigan. For more information, visit croswell.org.