Walker Trustee and Producers’ Council co-chair David Moore, Jr. and his wife, Leni, estimate they have seen at least 200 performances together at the Walker, deepening their interest in dance, music, and experimental forms. “We make it a point to see everything we can,” says Dave, who studied at the Yale School of Drama and is a former executive director of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. As experienced theatergoers, they don’t expect to come away from every show with the same impression. Leni notes, “We don’t always agree on what we see, and part of the fun is discussing what worked for each of us and what didn’t.”
Philip Bither, McGuire Director and Senior Curator of Performing Arts at the Walker, appreciates the Moores’ willingness to try new things. “What impresses me the most about Dave and Leni is that they make an effort to get to shows in every genre and see artists ranging from emerging to established,” says Bither. “They are interested in all of it.”
Their support of Performing Arts goes far beyond regular attendance. As co-chairs of the Producers’ Council, Dave Moore and fellow Walker Trustee Peter Remes lead a group of individuals dedicated to providing yearly contributions to the program. Through the generosity of the Council, now entering its 11th year, the Walker is able to present and commission performance works by some of the most innovative artists of our time.
The Moores know how important the performing arts are to both the Walker and to the Twin Cities. “Philip has cultivated one of the most highly regarded programs in the world, and we are so fortunate to have it right in our own backyard,” adds Dave. “We are proud to be able to support it!”
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