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MN State Arts Board director takes new job in San Francisco

DETROIT LAKES - Thomas C. Proehl, executive director of the Minnesota State Arts Board, has announced that he will leave his post in February to assume a new leadership post at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

The board will meet have a transition plan in place before Proehl's planned departure on Feb. 8.

Prior to joining the Arts Board in December 2006, Proehl served as general manager (1999-2002) and then managing director (2002-06) of The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

American Conservatory Theater is a Tony Award-winning theater and training institution whose work is energized and informed by a profound commitment to developing the next generation of theater artists. ACT is the largest theater company in the San Francisco Bay Area and employs more than 800 people each season, from teachers and artists to technicians and administrative staff.

The Minnesota State Arts Board works to ensure that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in the arts. It helps make the arts accessible through financial support and services to artists, arts organizations, and schools. Funds for Minnesota State Arts Board programs are provided through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, and support from the National Endowment for the Arts and other private donors.

For more information about the State Arts Board visit, or call (651) 215-1600, (800) 866-2787, or TTY (651) 215-6235.