GBPT Adds Development Director

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Now entering its sixth season, Great Barrington Public Theater (GBPT) announced the inclusion of Serena Johnson as Development Director. 
 
 She brings accomplished fundraising, community outreach, audience engagement and non-profit management skills to the company.
 
 A graduate of Cal State, Northridge, and an experienced performer herself, Johnson was a key player in the establishment of fundraising processes and infrastructure for the community-based Glendale Arts, 18th Street Arts Center, and was on the development team that managed the successful capital campaign for the newly constructed permanent theater for the Antaeus Theatre Company, Glendale, CA. Now a rooted Berkshire transplant, she's become an active participant in the local business, arts and culture and non-profit networking communities.
 
 "We've been searching for the right fit for Development Director for some time," GBPT Managing Director Tristan Wilson said. "We were introduced to Serena by a member of the local theater arts community. Once we met, it was obvious she brings the skills and creative perspective needed in the performing arts, along with the outgoing personality and energy we're looking for. She's committed to diversity and inclusivity, and knows how performing arts benefits patrons and communities. Her experience at fundraising and non-profit theater management greatly adds to our team, to help GBPT's next steps for planned growth."
 
Looking forward, Johnson said, "I'm thrilled to be part of a nimble, dynamic theater company that engages local artists, incubates new plays and brings outstanding work to life for local and visiting audiences. Great Barrington Public Theater is an important contributor to the vitality and diversity of the Berkshires cultural scene. Patrons are responding with support and enthusiasm, and that will certainly help us grow."
 
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Saint James Place Appoints Executive Director

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Saint James Place, a Center for Arts and Culture, announced the appointment of Seth Keyes to the position of Executive Director.  
 
As Executive Director, he will be charged with extending the growth of Saint James Place through management of finances, marketing and expanded program development.
 
Saint James Place reopened  in 2017 after a full historic restoration and preservation with a carefully designed adaptation for performances.  Established as a Cultural Landmark and event space, it hosts music, theatre, dance, lectures, classes, and meetings year round.  Since its 2017 opening, Saint James Place has welcomed over 50 arts groups, providing them with quality performance, rehearsal, and office space. 
 
Seth Keyes has been a producer and presenter of world-class performing arts for forty years.  He began his career in 1984 as Manager Director/Producer of the Francis Wilson Playhouse in Clearwater, Fla, and progressed to pivotal roles in talent booking and senior programming for renowned performance venues in Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and Akron.  Prior to founding his consultancy, Artist License, LLC, he served as Vice President for Innovation Arts & Entertainment, overseeing touring Broadway seasons in 20 subscription markets throughout North America and collaborating extensively with luminaries such as David Sedaris, Anthony Bourdain, William Shatner, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, among others.
 
Sally Harris, President of Saint James Place, and co-Founder with her husband Fred Harris, said of the appointment, "After working with Seth for the past seven years as our General Manager, Fred and I have come to appreciate the talent, experience, and professionalism he has demonstrated.  We enthusiastically look forward to the contribution Seth can make to the future of Saint James Place working in this new role."
 
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