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Sidney Timmer named new Be Theatre artistic director

Timmer will succeed the group's founding artistic director Elena Kent. Kent served in the role for more than
Credit: Be Theatre

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Be Theatre and its board of directors announced Thursday that Sidney Timmer will become the company’s next artistic director. Timmer succeeds founding artistic director Elena Kent who announced her departure in the spring after more than a decade in that role.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Sidney Timmer has been selected to lead Be Theatre as the next artistic director,” board president Ami Mizell-Flint said in a press release from Be Theatre. “Sidney is an energetic and talented artist who understands the San Angelo performing arts scene. She knows where Be’s been and has a vision for where Be can go. I very much look forward to Be’s growth under her artistic leadership.”

“I am excited and humbled at the prospect of leading Be into its next chapter,” Timmer said in the release. “Be has always been known for the quality of its work and for the process of creating theatre and developing artists. We have a passionate Board that is enthusiastic about the next chapter of Be, and a “Framily” (Friends/Family) of artists in San Angelo who know that Be gives them the support they need to do their work. I look forward to continuing the legacy that Elena started, grew, and nurtured at Be while initiating a new commitment to welcoming and inspiring our whole community.”

Timmer will be the second artistic director in Be Theatre’s 10-year history. Since graduating from Angelo State University with degrees in theatre and communications, Timmer has been involved in the San Angelo community with FOX West Texas, and most recently, as the outreach director for the Concho Valley Community Action Agency. Her experience also includes ASPIRE, a training program for future arts administrators with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Through ASPIRE, Timmer learned from arts administrators from the Alley Theatre (Houston) and the Dallas Theatre Center.

“I welcome Sidney into her new role at Be and as my partner in moving Be into its next chapter. I was blown away by her vision for the company,” Be Theatre Business Administrator Keli Osborn said in the release. “She'll continue what Elena has started, and we will build new partnerships with artists and community members. Together, we are looking forward to the storytelling that Be will bring to the Concho Valley community.”

Timmer’s first task as artistic director will be to oversee the 2022/2023 season.