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Syracuse Stage Board of Trustees announces new members, chair
The Syracuse Stage Board of Trustees has announced the election of Larry Leatherman of Fayetteville as the new Chair. Leatherman is a senior director for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and has been active in many organizations in Syracuse, including the Museum of Science and Technology, the Everson Museum and the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce. He replaces Mark Russell, who completed his term after two years as chair. In addition four new members were elected at the annual meeting held today.
“We are delighted that Larry has agreed to take over the leadership of the Board, and welcome our new members,” notes James A. Clark, Producing Director. “Syracuse Stage prides itself on the depth of our community leadership, and I think these new members reflect that involvement.”
Joining the Board for 3-year terms will be Irwin Davis of Fayetteville, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Development Association; Chief of Police Dennis DuVal of Syracuse; James Gaspo of Syracuse, Central New York district president of Key Bank; and John Huppertz of Manlius, a managing partner and head of marketing and research services at Eric Mower and Associates.
The Board of Trustees oversees an active organization with a budget of $3.8 million. Syracuse Stage just completed its 30th season as Central New York’s premier professional, not-for-profit, regional theatre. In addition to producing seven mainstage plays, a New Play Festival and a Young Playwrights Festival, Stage also produces an annual children’s touring production and provides community and educational outreach services. More than 85,000 people each year see the regular season mainstage plays; more than 27,000 students see mainstage and children’s productions. Syracuse Stage works closely with the Syracuse University Drama Department, enabling students to interact with professionals through classes, understudy companies and the annual holiday collaboration on a large-scale musical.