About

110711 Struthers Library TheatreTrustees

The Honorable Maureen Skerda,  President
Dr. Paul Boger,  Vice President
Mr. Robert Crowley,  Secretary/Treasurer
Ms. Marcy O’Brien
Dr. John John
 Mr. Shawn Walker
Ms. Susan Stout

 

Staff

Wendy McCain: Executive Director

Charles Gray: Artistic Director

Dana Simmons: Administrative Manager

Bob Priest: Facilities Manager

Tom Hessley: Facilities Assistant

Barbara Crowley: Lighting and Technical Volunteer

Deborah Priest: Webmaster

 

 

Mission Statement

 of

Struthers Library Theatre

Entertaining and educating the people of Warren County

and the surrounding region in all the qualities and delights of live theatre,

music, dance and film.

Core Value Statement:

To ensure that audience members and performers have a positive and

memorable experience at the Struthers Library Theatre.

To expand and enhance cultural appreciation for our patrons

of all ages.

To encourage quality live theatre, music and dance experience through

education and participation.

To preserve, protect and improve our historic theatre building for current

and future generations.

To exercise fiscal responsibility in all matters relating to the operations,

preservation, and continuing integrity of the Struthers Library Theatre.

To respect and honor our patrons, supporters, trustees, staff and

volunteers without whom we could not exist.

Adopted by the Trustees in 2009
Revised by the Trustees in 2016

STRUTHERS LIBRARY THEATRE HONORS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MARCY O’BRIEN,

AS SHE ANNOUNCES HER RETIREMENT

PRESS RELEASE
May 16, 2018

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Marcy O’Brien, Executive Director of the Struthers Library Theatre since 2007, has announced her retirement, effective July 27, 2018. She leaves a legacy of remarkable accomplishments, placing the storied and historic Theatre on a stable path into the 21st century. Under O’Brien, the SLT Mission Statement was updated to more clearly define the goals of the Theatre: to Entertain, Enrich and Educate the people of Warren County and the surrounding region in all the qualities and delights of live theatre, music, dance and film.

During her tenure, Marcy led 2 capital campaigns that raised $4 million to restore and refurbish our magnificent historic theatre building. She oversaw the construction that these campaigns supported including modernization of the theatre’s technical systems and technology, improved access for all its patrons, and replacement of the 98-year old seats as well as the 80-year-old roof. The most recent renovation saw the addition of the stunning elevator tower graced with an original peacock sculpture that highlights the downtown, a gift of the WAHS Class of 1964. The 18-foot canvas marquee was replaced with a 44-foot light, glass, steel and marquee that lights up the theatre’s corner every evening.

O’Brien introduced new programming including the annual Celebrity Series shows. With the cooperation of the Friends of the Library Theatre, she brought classic movies back to the Theatre. Partnerships with Warren Players, the theatre’s SLT Academy and youth programs, Molly Dies Dance Experience, the Warren Concert Association and Yankee Bush Productions mean that the theatre is active and vibrant. Add into the mix corporate meetings, parties, weddings, classes, and rehearsals, the theatre’s lights are on more than 250 nights a year.

O’Brien also founded the Twin Tiers Theatre Consortium, a group of rural theaters of Pennsylvania and New York. The theaters’ executives meet to share ideas and solutions, addressing the common challenges for theaters in our region that strive to offer quality arts and entertainment. In addition, she has been a regular attendee and presenter at the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT) Conferences nationally.

On May 12, the Trustees of the Struthers Library Theatre Trustees honored these accomplishments by awarding O’Brien the Peacock Award, only the 8th such presentation in the 135-year history of the Theatre to receive this award. The award reads, “STRUTHERS LIBRARY THEATRE PEACOCK AWARD is hereby presented to Marcy O’Brien in recognition of her many contributions of time, talent, business acumen, leadership and vision that have enriched the artistic and cultural life of Warren County.”

 

STRUTHERS LIBRARY THEATRE NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

PRESS RELEASE
May 16, 2018

WendyPicWendy’s experience is a wonderful fit for the Historic Struthers Library Theater. She has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Wendy has worked for both for profit and non-profit organizations. Her experience includes fundraising, event planning, grant writing, sponsorship attainment and volunteer management. Additional experience includes managing daily operations, budget oversight and leadership of staff. Wendy is currently the Director of Implementation and Optimization for a company located in Texas providing her the ability to work from home. Previously, Wendy worked as a Capital Campaign officer for a non-profit foundation.

Wendy’s love of theater began early when her grandmothers took her to performances at Heinz Hall. Since her return to Warren, she has come to appreciate the cultural benefits of live theater, music, dance and film to the quality of Warren and its surrounding communities. She is a current member of Struthers Library Theatre, Woman’s Club, Crary Art Gallery, Warren Historical Society and the Audubon Community Nature Center. Wendy is thrilled to use her business experience in the Executive Director position along with the opportunity to tap into her creative side to continue the momentum of the efforts already underway.

Judge Maureen Skerda, President of the Board of Trustees, commented enthusiastically about the selection. “We had 35 applications from around the country. So many candidates congratulated Warren on what we have accomplished with our historic theatre and its active program. We are very excited to work with Wendy to sustain existing programs and build the strength of the theatre’s contributions to the community.

Bob Crowley, Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, also expressed excitement about the opportunity to build on a strong foundation. “We have just completed a $2.8 million renovation to the theatre, increasing access for all our patrons. It is thrilling to have a new Executive Director who recognizes the importance of this legacy and wants to work with us to build it forward.” McCain’s will assume the Executive Director Position on July 30, 2018.