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For those who love the Tabor Opera House, some welcome news; as Leadville moves ahead in a $15 million rehab of its cultural grand dame, it’s also looking for someone to take the lead role.

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The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation announced late last week that it is seeking its first-ever executive director in the effort to re-establish the house as a community center for arts and culture.

Endangered after nearly a century and a half of long winters in America’s highest-elevation city, the  building is getting some much needed love – as well as a new look at programming and fitting the needs of an evolving community.

Colorado’s “Silver King” Horace Tabor built the opera house in 1879 in just 100 days in one of the West’s rowdiest boomtowns. Today, in a town with no community center, no movie theater, and no formal performance spaces, the Tabor Opera House remains a much-needed cultural and community space.

“We are eager to find the right person to help lead our ambitious goals to fully rehabilitate the historic Tabor Opera House while offering quality programming to our diverse audiences for the benefit of the Leadville community and beyond,” said Foundation President Jenny Buddenborg.

The job includes overseeing the foundation’s administration and strategic plan and the building’s historic rehabilitation. Other job duties include fundraising and financing, programming, and community outreach and engagement.

The right candidate will need to build relationships in a diverse community setting, including underrepresented communities. The candidate also must show the passion to effectively steward the Tabor Opera House and Leadville history for the benefit of the historic property, community identity, and downtown revitalization efforts.

A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, is required. Desired areas of study include nonprofit management/public administration, business, finance, marketing/communications, history/historic preservation, or theatre studies.

The candidate must have a minimum of five years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, preferably in the performing arts or historic property management. Experience fundraising, managing budgets, marketing, and managing building space leases and rentals are also among the qualifications.

Those interested may learn more and apply here.

Follow project progress at  and on Facebook at @taboroperafoundation.

Featured image: Built in 1879, the Tabor Opera House is undergoing a $15 million rehabilitation. Photo courtesy Craig Hensel