Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit Announces New Executive Director, Tara Tomcsik-Husak, to partner with Founder to lead organization.
Dear Mosaic Supporters,
The Board of Directors of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit are pleased to announce its new Executive Director, Tara Tomcsik-Husak, after a comprehensive national search led by The Hunter Group. The hire of Tomcsik-Husak as Executive Director, in addition to founder Rick Sperling’s move to the role of Artistic Director, marks a transition to a new executive leadership structure as Mosaic positions itself in its 25th Anniversary year for increased capacity and sustainability. The co-leadership model of an executive director and artistic director, used by most major American nonprofit theatres, will allow the directors to unify and work collaboratively to build on the organization’s success in both the arts and youth development. Mosaic is known nationally and internationally as an exemplary youth arts program and a leader in the new field of Creative Youth Development.
As the new Executive Director, Tara Tomcsik-Husak brings twenty years of experience in the non-profit, corporate hospitality and news sectors to Mosaic, most recently serving as Vice President of Mission Advancement for Michigan with the American Heart Association. A native Detroiter and Wayne State graduate, Tomcsik-Husak is also an accomplished actress and singer. “I look forward to working with the Board and Rick to build upon Mosaic’s impressive legacy over the past 25 years” said Tomcsik-Husak, “this new position combines my passion for developing mission giving on behalf of Detroit’s youth with my love for theatre and music.”
“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reported Kate Spratt, Mosaic Board Chair. “Tara will bring great energy and creativity to promoting Mosaic’s mission and a deep sense of commitment to our region’s nonprofit sector. She brings an impressive breadth of experience in marketing, fundraising and management to the organization.” According to Sperling, “Tara’s hiring will significantly help Mosaic expand and enhance our work with Detroit young artists, allowing me and Associate Artistic Director DeLashea Strawder to focus all of our energies on supporting their artistic, educational and career development.”
Founded in 1992 by Sperling, Mosaic has grown into an honored Detroit cultural institution and a haven for thousands of Detroit teens with a passion for the arts. Mosaic’s acclaimed all-teen performances have toured to Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada and 25 states throughout the U.S. including performances at The White House, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theater. Under Sperling’s leadership, Mosaic has been named Crain Detroit’s Best Managed Nonprofit and has been a selected as a winner of Michigan’s Governors’ Arts Award and the National Youth Arts and Humanities Award presented by the President Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. A University of Michigan study released in 2008 provides extensive data demonstrating Mosaic’s significant impact on the personal and professional growth of Detroit youth. Over Mosaic’s 25 year history, more than 95% of its performers have graduated from high school and gone on to college.