Caitlin Green
Development Director
THEATREWORKS

Why did you initially apply to work at CU?

I wasn’t specifically looking to work at UCCS, in part because I didn’t think there would be a job here that would interest me. But I was so very wrong! I applied to be the director of the Gallery of Contemporary Art in 2008 when it was vacated, and it was absolutely the best decision I could have made. Working for UCCS has been great, for seven years and counting!

What do you do in your current role?

I am the Development Director of THEATREWORKS, a professional theatre company resident at UCCS. Basically, my job is to generate revenue – both earned and unearned to support our programs. This job lets me use both sides of my brain. I get to be creative—writing, design, organizational voice—and analytical—developing strategic marketing and development plans and measuring the effectiveness of our campaigns.

Tell me about your favorite project you’ve completed.

There are a lot of things I’ve really enjoyed working on. When I was the Director of the Galleries of Contemporary Art, I partnered with THEATREWORKS to present this really cool quasi-theater, quasi-performance art group, Rotozaza, in downtown Colorado Springs. This UK does cutting-edge, exciting work and having a chance to partner with another department was really rewarding. Within the University we have the opportunities to partner with so many different organizations and programs to reach new audiences and develop context for the work we’re interested in doing. This collaboration was a perfect example of how much people on this campus really want to play. You can call someone up with an idea and they say, “Yes let’s do it. Let’s do something new. Let’s do it together and let’s see what happens.”

I am really proud of the work we’ve done around some of our branding at THEATREWORKS. Redoing our website was huge. I loved working with our artistic and executive directors on this project, it was a very successful collaboration that was instantly recognized by our patrons.

What is the best part of your workday?

It’s the little things. It’s working with the team of people that I’m here with. I took the job at THEATREWORKS to be part of an inclusive creative team of people who love the arts, and that is exactly what I’ve found here. I feel like we all have a role in shaping what THEATREWORKS is doing on campus and in our community and I think we all really have a voice here and that’s something I really value. And they are really fun people--I just enjoy being in a room with these really smart, really passionate people.

What do you enjoy most about living in Colorado?

I think there are two things that I really like about being here. We have a baby and this is a place where I’m really excited to raise a family. I grew up here and had an amazing idyllic childhood, and so I’m excited to be able to give our son the same opportunities I had. I’m also really excited to be a part of a theater company that couldn’t really exist anywhere else in the way that we do. I feel lucky to live here because I’m a part of something that is really special.

What is your favorite area restaurant?

I love Rico’s and the Wild Goose Meeting House. I like some of the places that feel very much local and downtown where I feel like I know everybody. I like the places you can’t find anywhere else.

What do you enjoy doing on your spare time?

My husband and I travel a lot, so we are really passionate about going to new places and being places we’ve never been. We love good food, so that’s always a part of travel for us. And of course, art and theatre is a huge part of our lives. Everywhere we go we are going to museums and checking out new theater companies--in part to scope out the competition and see what we could do better, but then it’s also what stimulates us and really excites us. And Scrabble, I really like playing Scrabble. We are very competitive players.

What is your favorite perk or benefit of working at CU?

It’s the incredible freedom we have here to do new things and to do them well. There is this great trust that the institution has in its employees to give them real freedom in trying new things and trying to meet their goals. UCCS lets us take risks sometimes, and I appreciate that.

What is your one piece of advice for someone interested in working at CU?

I think working at UCCS right now is the best place to work in Colorado Springs. Not only is the campus doing great things for its students, staff and faculty, but I feel like I’m working for an organization that is making things happen in our community. I feel like I’m part of something that’s not just serving the campus community, but rather I’m part of an institution that is helping to shape what this town is going to be. That’s pretty exciting and I would encourage anybody to take an opportunity to be a part of an organization that is forward-thinking and a true leader in our community.