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City hires new manager for MCL Grand
Lewisville City Manager Donna Barron announced this week that Denise Helbing has been hired as the city’s new Arts Center Manager for Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater.
“I’m excited to be joining such a remarkable team at the City of Lewisville and the MCL Grand,” Helbing said. “It’s a world-class facility, with a top-notch staff, that puts on hundreds of high-quality musical productions, art shows, and concert events each year.”
Helbing has worked in the North Texas arts community for nearly a decade. She comes to Lewisville after spending past four years with the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. She served as Operations Manager, overseeing operations of the world-renowned, 2,000-seat, 500,000-square-foot performing arts venue and its 400 annual events, concerts, galas, corporate lunches, and meetings. A few highlight events Helbing was a part of while at the Meyerson include: President Obama’s visit in 2016, concerts featuring Neil Young, Idina Menzel, Diana Ross, the annual St. Valentine’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Luncheon and Fashion Show, as well as several City of Dallas City Council and Mayoral inaugurations.
Prior to beginning her tenure at the Meyerson, Helbing spent five years at Dallas Museum of Art, working as the Manager of Partner Programs. In that capacity, Helbing worked closely with many local and national performance artists and community partners to present various programs such as chamber music concerts, lectures, film screenings, plays and special exhibitions.
Helbing is a St. Louis native, but has lived the past few years in Lewisville. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Arts Administration from Drury University. In fact, she was the first graduate from that program at Drury. Before moving to Texas, she was as an Event Coordinator for Contemporary Productions, a St. Louis-based events and artist management company, where she served as Tour Coordinator for the late jazz and trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson.
Helbing is no stranger to the stage. She has been a member of several singing and theater groups throughout high school, college, and after. She has even performed at MCL Grand several times – including the opening weekend festivities in 2011. A lifetime highlight musical performance for Helbing was during her time in college when the Drury Singers ensemble performed at the American Cemetery in Normandy, France on Memorial Day weekend in 2003.
“My goal is to grow the MCL Grand’s offerings,” said Helbing. “It’s a place where the community enjoys many performances, art exhibits, and musical shows, and I think it’s important to provide fresh shows, and expand the enjoyable, family-friendly experience.”
Helbing begins her new job with the City of Lewisville on Monday, July 10. A special meet and greet, open to the public, will be held Tuesday, July 18, 6-7 p.m. at MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles Street.