The company made national headlines over the summer when its executive director and board made the unusual decision to eliminate the job of artistic director, prompting protests in the local artistic community that led to the toppling of the troupe's top administrators.
Joan Lounsbery, former Skylight Opera Theatre managing director and current interim managing director, stated, "The Skylight has gained a skilled professional with 15 years of experience in leadership roles in the Milwaukee arts community. Her financial expertise and her love of the Skylight make her the perfect choice for this organization."
This is a return to the Skylight for Jensen: Between 1995 and 2001, she served as the Skylight's finance director. She has also held positions at the Milwaukee Art Museum and, most recently, as the vice president and chief financial officer of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO).
MSO president and executive director Mark Hanson stated, "Amy's contributions to the MSO have been enormous over the past three years. As CFO, she has played a key role in MSO financial planning, human resource management, information technology, strategic planning, UPAF relations and the work of the finance committee, audit committee, endowment/foundation trustees and Milwaukee Arts Partners. The MSO family wishes Amy the best in this exciting new role at the Skylight."
Jensen has provided consulting services for several area non-profits and has been invited to speak at a variety of local and national conferences such as Theatre Wisconsin, Association of Fundraising Professionals and Americans for the Arts.
She stated, "I am so proud of the Skylight for beginning its 50th anniversary season with such a spectacular production of The Barber of Seville. It is the shining example of everything there is to love about the Skylight and I am excited to be returning to the company in this new role at this time. I look forward to working with everyone who is a part of the Skylight family to solve the current challenges and build toward an exciting future."