New Ordway leader faces many challenges

Ordway Center
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown St. Paul.
MPR Photo/Bo Hakala

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has a new president. Patricia Mitchell was chosen for the position late last week.

She comes to the St. Paul venue after running several performing arts organizations on the West Coast and serving in the number two administrative position at the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola about why it's so difficult to run the Ordway.

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