The Board of Directors of the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center in West Chester has welcomed Catherine Friedman as the organization’s next Executive Director.
“We were overwhelmed with the quality of the candidates from our nationwide search and very pleased that our top choice lives right here in our own backyard,” said Founding Board Member Tom McEvoy. “Catherine’s experience as an Executive Director, her background in the performing arts, and her passion for Uptown! is the perfect combination to help this theater grow and expand.”
Friedman has been the Executive Director of the Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children in West Chester for the last seven years. She holds a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College at Rider University and spent her early career in supportive roles for performing arts organizations, including the New York City Opera.
Friedman is no stranger to Uptown! as she regularly performs as a member of one of its seven resident companies, Opera Tutti.
“As someone who is a performer and has a lifelong love of the arts, this was an opportunity I could not pass up,” she said. “What an honor to be part of what Uptown! has become to this community.”
“The job of operating a theatre company is as fascinating as it is complex,” said Board President Gary Green. “It was important for us to find someone with an understanding of the big picture who could work with all kinds of folks. Catherine has all the tools to run the theater as a nonprofit business, and she has the enthusiasm to do the job with heart.”
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