Patrick O'Leary, Executive Director
During his career O’Leary worked with New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Later working on Broadway, he stage-managed the original “Annie,” produced by Mike Nichols, “Sweeny Todd,” directed by Hal Prince, and “Blood Brothers,” starring Carol King. O’Leary co-produced two successful Off-Broadway productions with his company. As director of the tour department for Columbia Artists Management, he managed tours of the world’s leading orchestras and dance companies, including the Vienna Philharmonic, The London Symphony, The Berlin Ballet, and Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov. O’Leary went on to become the director of the Theatre Development Fund travel program where he planned, designed and marketed travel programs for the performing arts to destinations around the globe, including annual trips to the Dublin and Galway Theatre Festivals. O’Leary returned to South Dakota in 2006 to work with Black Hills Community Theatre in creating a space for performing arts organizations in Rapid City. O’Leary also served as an adjunct professor at BHSU’s Rapid City campus, where he taught courses in acting and theater.
Thomas Golden - Development Director
Thomas grew up heavily involved in theatre and always wanted to turn that passion into a career. Working at the Opera House is his dream come true and to make a good thing even better—he can walk to work! Thomas has a wide range of experience in non-profit and the arts but has also done just about everything under the sun from professional writing to scrubbing bathrooms. He also serves as an adjunct instructor of theatre at BHSU-Rapid City Campus. He is a Sturgis Brown High School Alumnus and moved back to the Black Hills in 2013 after serving for seven years in the US Navy, primarily in Sicily and Afghanistan. He has a wife and three children and loves to explore the hills with them