On Thursday, September 27, members of State Theatre New Jersey’s Chairman's and President's Councils were honored with a dinner on stage with staff and Board of Trustees members, including a special performance by lyric tenor Vincent Ricciardi.
Board Chair Scott Fergang toasted the 2018-2019 season and welcomed State Theatre New Jersey's new President & CEO Sarah Chaplin, who comes to us from The National Theatre in Washington, D.C. where she was Executive Director. “This is a significant time in our history,” Scott said, emphasizing the Board's commitment to making the venue a state-of-the-art facility while maintaining its historic beauty. He thanked the donors for their high level of commitment as we move forward with projects to improve the audience and artist experience, to ensure the State Theatre is the place to come for live entertainment and the place for world-class artists to perform.
President & CEO Sarah Chaplin remarked, "This theater has a special place in people's hearts. It is wonderful for me to be a part of this community which is so committed to the arts." Sarah spoke of her vision for bold programming on and off the mainstage, and her passion for expanding our educational programs and our community engagement work. She seeks to strengthen partnerships with our sister arts organizations, educational institutions, and non-profits throughout the region. Under her leadership, Sarah said “State Theatre will continue to create authentic connections with people of diverse backgrounds—and generate empathy through the arts…I am thrilled to be advancing State Theatre's commitment to amazing live performance experiences—and I look forward to learning about your own personal histories with this wonderful venue.”
A special thank you goes out to our partners who helped make the evening so wonderful: IATSE Local #21, Miller's Rentals, Old Man Rafferty’s, Roberts Florals, and Mary Brown.
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