Asolo Rep hires new development director - Entertainment - Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Republik City News

Benjamin Luczak comes to Sarasota from a similar post at Dallas Summer Musicals

Asolo Repertory Theatre has hired Benjamin Luczak as its new Development Director.

Luczak, who begins his position Jan. 15, most recently served as director of development, annual giving, special projects and strategy at Dallas Summer Musicals for nearly two years.

He previously held development and patron services positions at Omaha Performing Arts, The Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Shenandoah Conservatory Performances.

He received a bachelor of fine arts in musical theater and a master’s degree in Performing Arts Leadership and Management from Shenandoah University.

Luczak “not only possesses an impressive background in arts management and fundraising, but he also has an infectious energy for theater and community building,” said Asolo Rep Managing Director Linda DiGabriele. “He will be joining our senior team during a very exciting and pivotal chapter as we are in the midst of our Staging Our Future strategic plan and capital campaign, and I cannot wait for him to hit the ground running!”

The theater has been engaged in the quiet stage of its fund-raising campaign to support renovations to buildings it has acquired adjacent to its Koski Production Center that will be transformed into new rehearsal halls, a costume shop, prop storage and smaller studios. It also will have a catering kitchen and be available for rental and special functions. The campaign also will be used for education programs and building an endowment.

Luczak said by adopting a strategic plan “focusing on new frontiers, community impact and a strong foundation, Asolo Rep has positioned itself to receive increased national recognition. The continued emphasis of producing high-quality, meaningful theater that highlights the human condition, and the significant focus of expanding education and community engagement offerings to the community makes me excited to begin my tenure.”

He has served as an adjudicator for the Nebraska High School Theatre Awards, a Grant Maker for the Equality Fund of Omaha and a Board Member for Nebraska AIDS Project.

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