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A Good Match For The MATCH

As the MATCH continues to take shape, so does its staff. New managing director Kirk Markley is putting things in place ahead of the building’s completion this fall.

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Kirk Markley
Kirk Markley, the MATCH’s new managing director, has been embedded in Houston’s performing arts scene for nearly two decades.

At a coffee shop around the corner from the MATCH’s construction site, Kirk Markley took a break from the afternoon heat to talk about his new position. He says his previous leadership experience at Stages Repertory and the Catastrophic Theater has prepared him for the new role. 

“What’s involved is everything you can think of,” Markley says. “From ticketing, to parking, to insurance, to box office, to house management, to ushers, to production management, to load-in schedules, there’s a lot of just moving parts that all need to be organized.”

Even though he’s only been in the new position for less than a month, Markley is well acquainted with the MATCH’s mission. He says he’s been engaged with the project to a greater or lesser degree since the idea was born about ten years ago.

“And so a lot of time was spent just thinking about what it could and couldn’t be,” he says. “I took a couple months sabbatical from Stages to write a planning grant for the Houston Endowment.”

The venue will serve small-to mid-sized performing arts groups in the Houston area by providing five performance spaces. The building’s construction is about 85 percent complete and set to open by this fall.

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