Sunday, October 1, 2023

Thorburn Associates appoints Kalen Larson as new Managing Principal

Thorburn Associates (TA) formally announced the transition of Kalen Larson into the role of Managing Principal. Larson moves into the role previously held by Lisa Thorburn, Founding Principal of TA, almost 30 years ago.

Lisa Thorburn looks forward to Larson’s leadership of TA. Thorburn said, “We’ve been working on our transition plan for the last five years and are excited to have Kalen step into this role. I am confident he is the right person to provide the next generation of leadership and continue TA’s commitment to client satisfaction.”

Kalen’s background in theater and lighting design as well as management and operations gives him a unique skillset to lead TA into the future.  Steve Thorburn, Founding Principal of TA, said, “When we first met, Kalen mentioned he had been a faculty member at Michigan Tech in the theatre technology program. This is where I earned my bachelor’s in technical theatre and lighting design 20 years earlier. With both of us growing up in Michigan, we have a similar outlook on project management.  I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Kalen on upcoming projects.”

Kalen added, “I’m excited to continue the legacy that Steve and Lisa have built over the last 29 years. The TA team is the best around, and I’m honored that they trust me as managing principal. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Steve, Lisa and the rest of the TA team.”

Kalen has 16 years of experience and holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Art from Siena Heights University; his Master of Fine Arts from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and his Executive Master of Business Administration from Quantic School of Business and Technology. In addition to being a tenured associate professor at Michigan Technology University where he ranked in the top 10% of instructors, he was an instructor for the Town of Cary, NC, Applause! Youth Theatre and assistant production manager for the PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC. Kalen has been a part of the ESTA technical standards program, establishing ANSI standards for theatre and served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the ETCP certification program. Publications include “Proscenium Sized Butterfly Wings” and “Fauxberglass: An Inexpensive Alternative to Fiberglass.”

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