The Grand Opera House announces Nick Halder as new executive and artistic director
The Grand Opera House is pleased to announce Nick Halder as its new executive and artistic director. 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, which included two camps and a youth production that served over 300 area students. Since then, Halder has worked with many local artists of all ages both on and offstage.
“I am honored to be selected by the Grand Opera House Board to serve as the next executive and artistic director,” Halder said. “I look forward to building upon the 50-year history of the organization and further collaborations with Rising Star Theatre Company and other organizations throughout Dubuque.”
Grand Opera House Board President Tara Brock noted Halder’s long history of contribution to the Dubuque theatre community. “We are excited that Nick is local and appreciates the value of theater as an artistic outlet for children and adults,” Brock said. “We expect that this will be a great transition and are confident that Nick will continue to build on the strengths of Frank McClain and the quality work he has done for the Grand over the last six years.”
Halder began his new duties on May 24.