Brian Dickie: Life As General Director of Chicago Opera Theater
Brian Dickie is the executive director of Chicago Opera Theater, and as such, occupies the relatively rare perspective of someone running a modestly sized but artistically substantial cultural organization. And unlike so many who blog for marketing reasons, Dickie seems to really relish the writing, turning out posts nearly seven days a week, sometimes twice a day. While he’s respectfully circumspect about some of the more challenging aspects of his role (most likely related to managing people), he joyfully shares the pleasures of his work, from the nitty gritty of building casts and productions, to the social networking that goes on among the makers of high culture. And this native Brit never seems to stop discovering the simple pleasures that this city beautiful offers.
Best of Chicago 2009