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Le Gaillard seeks employees as it tries to reorganize its operations

Times are tough at Gaillard

Photo by Andy Brack

The staff at the Charleston Gaillard Center, the city’s largest performing arts venue, is tired and diminished. The organization that runs it is scrambling to fill vacancies at all levels thanks to the pandemic work pattern reset and a leadership change last year.

The iconic downtown Charleston arts and entertainment center is also trying to unravel a confusing and complex fundraising relationship between two nonprofit groups that support it. But through it all, officials said, Gaillard is moving forward.

“People are exhausted and I’m working to improve the situation,” said Lissa Frenkel, who was hired last spring as president and CEO of the nonprofit Gaillard Management Corporation (GMC) that runs the civic center. The Gaillard contains not only a theater but an exhibition space and administrative offices of the city. “I do everything I can. My Board of Directors has been very supportive in doing all we can, but I’m not going to declare that everything is resolved yet,” she added.

According to the Gaillard website, 13 of its 45 full-time and part-time jobs are vacant, from associate director of institutional relations and house/hall manager to production entrance supervisor and events supervisor. The CFO position is not listed. The first left recently to take another job.

Many center employees, Frenkel said, have reassessed work in the wake of a pandemic that has caused workers across the country to opt for fewer hours and jobs that allow working from home. But others who have left – and would not speak publicly for fear of repercussions in the Charleston parish – have privately expressed their frustration at the leadership changes and what they say is a tense workplace that has escalated. developed in recent months.

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