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Wisdom beyond understanding

I continue to feel a visceral feeling of loss over the firing of Phillip Sneed as artistic director of the Foothill Theater Company. How can someone from whom our community has benefited so greatly be fired so … so casually? Phillip had a deep commitment to our community, one that led him to build his family a house here with his own hands.

This commitment deserved more than being fired while out of town on work. This man deserved at least one chance to address the board’s concerns before being sacked, a chance that even burger-flippers get.

I know several of FTC’s employees, and frankly, I wouldn’t work as hard as they do for their wage. So why do they? Because they are motivated by more than money. FTC has been run on vision and passion – and I see Phillip as the man who has nurtured the vision and harnessed the passion. His inspiration has stretched each of FTC’s dollars tenfold. The loss of this man will be much harder to repay than the short-term financial losses incurred by the company. And what of the commitment of the remaining actors/employees when they see how their leader’s dedication was rewarded?



Rick Sanger

Grass Valley





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