5th Avenue Theatre Names Katie Maltais as New Managing Director

New managing director of 5th Avenue Theatre, Katie Maltais. Photo by Natasha Nivan

Kate Maltais will fill the position of managing director at 5th Avenue Theatre, succeeding Bernadine C. Griffin, who retired in July after 21 years with the theatre.

Maltais will come to 5th Avenue Theatre from Stages in Houston, Texas where she is the managing director. During her time as Managing Director, she consistently demonstrated strong leadership, upholding the fundamental principles of transparency, teamwork, and a dedicated stance against racism and oppression. These very values will be carried over to her new position at The 5th.

“Helming The 5th Avenue Theatre along with Bill is a dream come true,” said Maltais. “I have long followed the organization and admired its commitment to an artform I deeply love. I am looking forward to collaborating with this incredible team of staff, board, and artists to ensure the longevity and vibrancy of The 5th for generations to come. Downtown Seattle is going through a renaissance and I’m so eager to join city, business, and nonprofit leaders in forging opportunities for residents and visitors to find connection and joy in our community.”

Maltais’ selection as the new Managing Director of The 5th follows an extensive search process that lasted for several months. In late 2022, a search committee comprising staff, board members, and community leaders was established to collaborate with the Tom O’Connor Consulting Group in identifying the ideal candidate to assume the executive leadership role.

“Katie’s unwavering dedication to nurturing sustainable organizations that foster the creation of art is truly inspiring,” said The 5th’s Producing Artistic Director, Bill Berry. “Her boundless enthusiasm and unwavering belief in the transformative power of musical theater are forces to be reckoned with. I eagerly anticipate the journey ahead, partnering with her to fulfill The 5th’s mission in the years to come.”