As the red Tesla S 70D that is Intrepidus continues to race down the proverbial autobahn of growth, simultaneously our need for strategic funding increases. That being said, we are pleased to announce that the brilliant Ciara McCormack has officially joined the Intrepidus Dance staff as our Head of Development! Ciara will be working on overseeing & driving our fundraising efforts, engaging & expanding our current audience, and managing the ongoing development of our marketing strategy. Needless to say, we are beyond excited to have Ciara filling this integral role & are delighted to be hitting the road with a few more companions aboard.
Executive Director, Intrepidus Dance
What interested you in stepping into a Head of Development role with Intrepidus?
The starting place is that Intrepidus is a little powerhouse of a company. I’m blown away by what Holly has accomplished in the last twelve months, how far we’ve come as a company since October, and the plans we have for what’s to come in the future.
A lot of small arts organizations and nonprofits struggle in their approach to fundraising, and I’m passionate about making sure we have a plan in place to support Intrepidus financially as we grow and create art in the years to come.
What's the best movie you've seen this year?
I’m the worst movie-goer of all time, so I really haven’t seen anything new in the last few months. However, I did recently re-watch the Princess Bride, and that’s pretty stiff competition for anything that comes along.
What was the last book you read?
I’m currently reading the Tin Drum by Gunter Grass, when I can find the time.
Would you rather have the power to be invisible or to read minds?
That’s a hard one! With either power, there is the potential that you might be privy to things you don’t want to know. And both have their time and place. I think being able to read minds would come in handy more often than invisibility.
What was the last picture you took with your phone?
I took a picture of Seattle from the plane window at 2:45am on my way back from a short vacation. It’s pretty amazing to see the skyscrapers of downtown, I-5, and the Space Needle a lit up in miniature.
What is your favorite cocktail?
I order vodka cranberries if I’m on the spot, but I usually prefer something new and adventurous from each restaurant’s signature cocktails.
What instantly cheers you up?
When things get really bad, I have a happy playlist that I made in high school. It could probably use an update to bring it into the 2010s, but it does its job.
Which do you use more often, a dictionary or a thesaurus?
Thesaurus! Most of the time when I use a dictionary, it’s to find synonyms.
What is the most memorable dance class you have taken & why?
In college, we had a workshop with a couple of dancers in Ailey II. One thing from that class stuck out. When the movement is fast, we as dancers often try to speed things up by cutting corners and skipping some of the counts. But the thing to remember is that all of the subdivisions of the beats are still there. There are still quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes even at high speeds. The time is still there, the counts are still there, and you can still travel through space and time as fully as you would if it were slower.
Tell us a little bit about your personal goals as Head of Development:
My goal for Intrepidus in the next few months is to create the foundation of our fundraising platform. That is to say, I want to outline a plan of action for us to pursue multiple avenues of funding, from grants to individual and corporate donations, from fundraising events to ticket sales.
Personally, my plan is to do as much research and information gathering as possible about what this role can really do. I have bits and pieces of experience fundraising, grant writing, and recruiting donors from a number of odd jobs in the past, and I’m looking forward to synthesizing all of those little tidbits into something more complete.