Marcy O’Brien Announces Her Retirement

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May 16, 2018


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.”


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