Theatre Cedar Rapids names Jim Kern interim executive director

Board of Directors planning search for permanent hire

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CEDAR RAPIDS — The Theatre Cedar Rapids Board of Directors on Wednesday named Jim Kern interim executive director.

Kern, former development director at TCR and retired executive director of Brucemore, is to serve in the role until a permanent successor is found for the position.

According to a news release, the theater’s board of directors are “planning for a search to hire a new executive director.”

Kern said he has been involved with the theater for 40 years in various roles, including performer, board member and guest director. Kern is a current trustee for TCR.

“I assure the community that TCR will not miss a beat during this interval, and we will continue to demonstrate the ambition and resilience that has been the trademark of our history in Cedar Rapids,” Kern said.

The post was recently vacated by Casey Prince, who has taken on the role of Downtown District executive director starting Nov. 1. However, according to the news release, Prince is to remain involved with the theater to ensure a smooth transition to Kern and the subsequent hire.

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