Managing Director Kal Poole is leaving Grandstreet Theatre

Phil Drake

Kal Poole is stepping down as managing director of Grandstreet Theatre, but he’s not ready to bow from the community theater stage entirely.

Poole recently announced he would be leaving Grandstreet, adding the organization will soon be announcing a search for a replacement.

“Nothing bad went down,” he told members of Hometown Helena, a grass-roots group of local residents, on Thursday about his decision to leave, adding that as of July 24, he had been with them for 10 years. He said information on the search for a new director will be released soon.

Poole said Friday he has not set a final day yet, saying he wants to make a smooth transition much like his predecessor did for him.

He said many factors played into his decision to leave, one of them being that he just turned 45 and believes he still has enough energy to make a transition.

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“If I do not make a change at this point I could see myself in this job 30 years from now,” Poole said. “I have more things I want to do with my life.”

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