WaterTower Theatre Announces New Full & Part Time Staff including Brian Gonzales as Director of Audience and Benefactor Development

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Shane Peterman today announced the newest addition to the WaterTower fulltime staff, Brian Gonzales, as the new Director of Audience and Benefactor Development. Broadway actor and Texas native, Gonzales is returning home to North Texas after completing the Broadway run of Mr. Saturday Night with Billy Crystal.

WaterTower’s last Patron Services Manager, Phil Gosselin left his position in late Spring of 2022, when he and his family moved to Kentucky to be closer to family. Brian will be joining the WTT Tower Team fulltime in October and is excited to be returning to WTT to champion the company which he worked at as an actor several times while growing his career as a professional actor. He hopes to promote WTT as one of the leading professional theaters in Texas and play an active role in building the future of the organization..

Brian Gonzales has been in the theater business for over 40 years and is still enjoying his learning process. Coming back to WaterTower Theater, one of his Texas theater homes, in a new capacity will offer up plenty of opportunities to expand his knowledge and skill. Brian has worked at various theaters in the Metroplex, including Theatre Three, Lyric Stage, The Dallas Children's Theater, The Dallas Theater Center, and WaterTower Theatre of course. He's been fortunate enough to work on Broadway five times, most recently in the original Broadway casts of Aladdin and Mister Saturday Night with Billy Crystal. Wonderful experiences all, but Brian is glad to be coming home and be with friends and family; the most important ones being his wife, Director/Performer Ashley Gonzales, and his son, Human Ceiling Fan Simon Gonzales.

Also joining the WaterTower Team as a new part time employees, are Robin Clayton as the Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director & Earl Griggs as WTT’s new Bookkeeper and Accountant. Additionally, Front of House Associate Adrien Herrick has been promoted to Box Office Supervisor & John Rawley, everyone’s favorite WTT bartender has stepped into the position of Bar & Concessions Supervisor.

Producing Artistic Director, Shane Peterman had this to say about WTT’s expansion, “With these recent additions to the WaterTower Theatre staff, I truly feel we now have the best team that WaterTower has had in many years. We will strive to work tirelessly to not only continue the award winning professional live theatre that patrons are familiar with, but to push the envelope in a meaningful and impactful way. I am humbled by the talent & work ethic of this team and am excited about the future of WaterTower Theatre now more than ever.”

About WaterTower Theatre

Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, having played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists. In March 2019, Shane Peterman joined WTT in his current leadership position as Producing Artistic Director. WaterTower Theatre is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, The Column, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 600 subscribers and serves an audience of over 24,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that relies on its ticket income and generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government organizations to produce world-class live professional theatre and to offer community engagement and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of the Town of Addison, The Civic League, The Shubert Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. WaterTower Theatre’s current 2021 -2022 season is also supported, in part, through the generosity of its many civic, corporate, and foundation donors including AMLI Residential Addison, FASTSIGNS Carrollton, Guaranty Bank, ONCOR, and individual donors Don and Barbara Daseke, The Bob Downs Family, Stan Graner and Jim McBride, Phillip and Janeva Longacre, Kathy Messina and Gary Goodwin, Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Karol Omlor, Jack and Libby Swindle, Deborah and Craig Sutton, and Ron and Donna Whitehead.