BENSON – Liz Lassiter has been hired as Benson Theatre’s director of development. She began her new duties Oct. 15.
“I was born and raised in Omaha and have been shaped an an artist in this community,” she said.
A graduate of Creighton University with a degree in sociology, Lassiter sought to understand how socio-political systems affect youth and young adults as they move through their education. This led to a nine-year career in youth development in Omaha and continued when she moved to Minnesota in 2013. While there, Lassiter refocused her career to arts administration, eager to support the success of artists, arts organizations and creative communities.
She received her M.A. in arts and cultural management from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and has worked to further this mission in various capacities. She served as the grants and special projects manager at the Minnesota Opera, where she spearheaded the implementation of an innovative community engagement methodology, and as interim executive director of ARTS-Us in St. Paul, Minn.
Also a musician and actor, Lassiter’s work is inspired by personal life experiences, contemporary theater and improvisation as well as acoustic, soul and classical music. She uses music and performance to explore life’s essential and most difficult questions.
She lives in Omaha with Pluto, her standard poodle.