Mayo Performing Arts Center


100 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
County: Morris


Ms. Allison Larena

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To support the Mayo Performing Arts Center's presentations and education programs during the 2014-2015 season.

Organization Background

The Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhances the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. MPAC's staff is led by Allison Larena, President and CEO, who has been with the Theatre since May 2002. Ms. Larena oversees all administrative, financial and operational aspects of the organization, including Board development and strategic planning. General Manager Ed Kirchdoerffer is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Box Office, marketing, public imaging, education and community partnerships. Other senior staff members include: Marysue DePaola, Development Director and Jean Leonard, Marketing Director.

The Community Theatre first opened its doors in 1937 as the crown jewel of the Walter Reade movie theater chain - a welcomed asset to Morristown's downtown area during the depression era. However, after several decades of prosperity, theater attendance declined in the 1970s and the building was closed down in 1987. By 1994, this once beautiful Theatre had fallen into major disrepair, until community volunteers breathed new life into it, donating countless volunteer hours and resources to restore it. On September 29, 1994, a sold-out opening night gala concert with the Kirov Orchestra marked its rebirth. Today, following two successful capital campaigns, the Theatre has been transformed from the once modest Community Theatre into a premier performing arts center for Northern New Jersey that attracts world-class artists to this state-of-the art facility and serves as a platform for a variety of performing arts genres. In spring 2014 we will have completed a third capital project to expand and update the front lobby, Box Office, outdoor pavilion and Starlight walkway, enabling MPAC to better serve its patrons.

As we look forward to our 2014-2015 Fiscal Year, we will be celebrating the organization's 20th Anniversary. A highlight of this year-long benchmark will include the return of the Kirov Orchestra, now known as the Mariinsky Orchestra, in January 2015. With Valery Gergiev once again conducting the orchestra, this celebration will be part of a larger celebration recognizing MPAC's growth throughout its 20-year history, boosting awareness of MPAC and raising community spirit.

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