Friend a Day | March 8, 2014
Today’s Friend a Day is Molly Chase.
Molly Chase is an the managing director at both Springboard For the Arts and Huge theater. She’s also an improviser, theater producer, and former Cartoon Network stuffed shirt. When Molly came to the Twin Cities from Atlanta she didn’t waste much time getting deeply involved in two things that mean a heck of a lot to me; Springboard for the Arts and the Twin Cities improv community. I’ve had the great luck to work with her creatively in pretty involved ways while also getting to know her a little bit as a lady who works in an office.
Molly is wildly sincere. She doesn’t just tell it like it is she feels it like it is. You get no subterfuge from a Molly Chase. You don’t have to dig very deep to find out what Molly is thinking and feeling. Which is terrific when collaborating with her on a project because it means there’s no false agendas or unsaid desires. It also means when she tells you she’s onboard for something there can be no doubt that she is fully onboard. She will show up, she will keep the momentum going, and she will approach the highs and lows fully ready to do the work.
At the same time, Molly is a bit inscrutable. She was an executive for a large organization responsible for a lot of people’s time and for a bunch of stuff that could result in a lot of success or failure. Obviously, she’s left that world but there’s still that organized and focused on the bottom line part of her. I feel like I’ve been uniquely connected to Molly in multiple ways so I’m able to see this Molly dichotomy, which is at times disorienting.
How does one hold two different Molly Chase’s in one’s mind at the same time?
But, ultimately, I think this internal and external contrast Molly possesses is what makes her so great to work with and to know. She is so invested in creative exploration, willing to take risks, and not that interested in being the expert in the room but she will also make sure things get done on time, she understands the value of planning and organizing, and she’s willing to acknowledge when an aspect of something isn’t working and find ways to change it.
I would collaborate with Molly any time and I’m really glad to know her.