Staff Spotlight: Michael Breeden, Capital Campaign Manager

How long have you worked at Town Hall?

It will be two years next month!

What attracted you to working at Town Hall?

Primarily, the commitment to access for the entire community. Our $5 tickets, and below market rental rates make it possible for virtually anyone to join the conversation…or to take the stage and lead the conversation. I remember coming here as a student, and being so blown away by the fact that I could pay only $5 and have access to the most amazing speakers and conversations.

What book could you read over and over again?

I grew up on the Great Plains in Kansas. I’ve always been a fan of Willa Cather, and have read several of her books multiple times. It has become more important to me as I’ve moved away from my “roots,” and a way for me to reconnect and remember where I come from.

Who would you most like to see presented at Town Hall?

I would love to see more visual artists on our stages. I so enjoyed when SAL presented Marina Abramovic here this winter. But even at a local level, we have incredible artists working here in Seattle. I would love to see them onstage and speak to their creative process, and their experience as an artist in Seattle.

When you are not working, what are you doing?

I think the most consistent activity is going to museums. I’ve always felt at home there. It’s a very personal and intimate experience for me, and the place I go to reflect, draw inspiration, and ground myself.

What is one thing people may not know about you?

I grew up on a working farm. I have all sorts of random knowledge about farming…from birthing a calf to raising a healthy wheat crop.

What aspect of your job do you never get tired of?

Hearing the stories. I know that I love Town Hall for my own reasons, but it is such a privilege to hear from all of you about what this place means to you and why you love it. It’s such a joy to hear these stories, and I count myself very lucky to be in the position where I have the opportunity listen to your tales of this place.

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