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Johann Zietsman Hired by City of Mesa for Mesa Arts Center executive director position by quotes
March 27, 2007, 6:27 pm
Filed under: Art, Artists, Arts, Arts and Entertainment, City of Mesa, Mesa

Mesa hires Zietsman for Mesa Arts Center executive director position

The City of Mesa has selected Johann Zietsman for the position of executive director for the Mesa Arts Center. Zietsman will be replacing Gerry Fathauer, who is retiring March 30. He will begin his new position as executive director on June 25.

“We are excited to have Johann as part of our team, and are confident his extensive arts experience and leadership skills will be an asset to the Arts and Cultural Department,” said Chris Brady, city manager. “His background in all facets of working with and managing cultural programs will be key in developing community involvement in and awareness of these venues.”

Zietsman brings with him a wealth of experience in all aspects of arts management. Most recently, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the International Society of Performing Arts, a not-for-profit international organization of global arts leaders. He was Managing Director of VWV Events (Johannesburg, SA), Chief Executive Officer of The Playhouse Company (Durban, SA) and Director of KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (Durban, SA).

VWV Events is an events company of 16 employees billing $3.5 million for large-scale events such as car launches and marketing conventions. The Playhouse Company is a five-theater operation with a $6.5 million budget presenting over 200 productions a year. KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the leading symphonies in South Africa, is a 72-member ensemble performing a 50-week schedule of concerts. His past positions include Director of Mmabana Cultural Centre (Tuang, Bophuthatswana) and General Manager of Performing Arts Council of the Orange Free State (Bloemfontein, SA).

Zietsman received his Master Degree in Music from Ithaca College and a Bachelors degree in Architecture from University Orange Free State in South Africa.

Robert Schultz, arts administrator, will handle executive director duties in the interim.

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