Arts Center Director candidates to visit Western for public talks

CULLOWHEE – Three candidates for the position of director of the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University will visit campus this month for public presentations and question-and-answer sessions.

The candidates and schedule of presentations:

Randy Lee Mayes, director of the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.; 3 p.m. Thursday, April 22, Niggli Theatre.

Stephen F. Krempasky, vice president of theater operations at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, Pa.; 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 26, auditorium of the Mountain Heritage Center.

Dagmar Bardo, director of the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga.; Thursday, April 29, auditorium of the Mountain Heritage Center.

“The person who fills this position will strongly influence the direction of performing arts in Western North Carolina,” said James Manning, chair of the campus search committee. “In addition to day-to-day management of the facility, the director also will be responsible for booking national dance company and theatre tours and musical recitals, promoting community outreach programs to enrich the region’s understanding of the performing arts, developing educational programs for K-12 audiences, and managing a 1,000-seat theatre with the most cutting-edge technical capabilities in the region.”

For more information, contact James Manning at (828) 227-3803.