Ex-ODC Theater Rob Bailis on working in the art community 

After eight years as director of ODC Theater, Bailis is moving on to focus on his career as a musician and writer. On Monday, ODC Theater will host a fundraiser for its 2011-12 season. Bailis wrote the libretto for the chamber opera “Love/Hate.”

What from your tenure makes you proud? The completion and opening of the new theater, and the inaugural season that we were able to program were major highlights. Also, the artistic platform that ODC offered me gave me tremendous freedom to articulate a programmatic vision for the theater and the community, and that is something I hope will continue to thrive here.

What is the most challenging thing about being a theater director? I’m also a performing and creative artist, and it was always hard to decide who to work with in any given year because I wanted to work with everyone.

What would you say is unique to the Bay Area performing arts community? The diversity of work and the depth of high-caliber work is probably the No. 1 thing. There is a thirst for innovation among the creative figures and art-makers in this community, and not such a drive toward repertory ideas. It’s more innovative than that.

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