As our staff, volunteers, dancers & parents all know, if you have a question- talk to Kate Andries, TPB’s General Manager! We thought we’d follow Kate around during her day to see all she does as well as ask her a few (more) questions.
7:30am – wake up, check email in bed…I’m not proud of this, but it happens.
7:45am – coffee/take care of dog/breakfast.
9:00am – sit down at computer and respond to emails/make list of what I need to do that day.
9:30am – check in with Jim about the day.
9:30-10:00am – respond to emails and take care of any things that can be done quickly.
11:00am – depending on the time of year, work on projects: rehearsal schedules, theatre schedules, payroll, taxes, banking, accounting, studio schedules, class schedules…
This is also the time of day that most meetings are scheduled if we have any (marketing, board meetings, staff meetings, building meetings); I don’t often take a lunch break, normally I eat while I’m working or at least at my desk.
2:00-4:00pm – working on projects…emailing, lots of emailing. This is the time that parents bring kids in for classes, so any in-person conversations can happen then. Also, if I need to run errands, go to the bank, storage, supply shopping, drive back and forth between the two locations – this is when I do it.
5:30-6:30pm – leave work. When we have a full class schedule, I’m often at the studio until 6:30 or later. I also teach yoga to the upper level students on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
I’m constantly on my phone at night, so I usually check my emails periodically throughout the evening. Again, I’m not proud of this, but it happens….
Um…so crazy question, Kate, but what you do you do at The Portland Ballet?
HAH, really, you’re asking me this? That’s probably the hardest question you could ask. (Sorry Kate!) How much space do we have? Kidding. I’m the General Manager. I manage the day to day business of TPB: schedules, banking, tuitions, staff & facilities communication, registrations and auditions, parent communications, community relations, events, volunteer coordination….how do I really make sense of it all?
How long have you been with The Portland Ballet?
I have been with the ballet for 5 years this month.
Favorite aspect of working or favorite memory of working at TPB?
The most rewarding thing about working for TPB is watching the kids perform. Over the last 5 years, I have seen incredibly talented students grow and develop and perform many different roles. I am so honored to have a part in that.
Have you ever danced?
I started dancing when I was 3 at a RAD studio in Lake Oswego. That’s actually where I met Nancy Davis, I was about 8 or 9. I left a few years later to study with Nancy Davis, Patti Jones and Elizabeth Guerin at Northwest Academy. I stopped dancing at the end of high school after some severe injuries caused me to have surgery on both of my legs.
Tell us something about yourself (what you like to do in your spare time, hobbies, other jobs, anything else etc.)
I’m a certified yoga teacher and have enjoyed teaching the advanced students at TPB the last few years. Aside from yoga – when I have spare time – I run, and read a lot. I take a lot of walks and am usually dealing with my 6 month old puppy Lando, who from time to time has been seen at the TPB studios. I am also on the Steering Committee for Portland Emerging Arts Leaders, a local network of emerging leaders affiliated with the Emerging Leaders Network, a program of Americans for the Arts.
Thanks so much Kate! Any questions for Kate? Comments? Tell her thanks for all her amazing hard work? Leave a comment or send her an email here.