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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, August 27, 2018

Rod Lathim Elected Board President of the Marjorie Luke Theatre

Rod Lathim was elected to serve as the Board President for the Marjorie Luke Theatre, joining Gerrie Fausett, Vice President; Rosemary Schmoller, Treasurer; and Dawn Ziemer, Secretary.
Board members elected this year include Liz Butcher, a retired Montecito Union Elementary School teacher, and Kimberly Hoj, Coordinator for Visual and Performing Arts for Santa Barbara Unified School District. Continuing board members include Laura Battle, Lito Garcia, Dylan Johnson, Esq. (past president) and Pam McLendon.
Rod Lathim was one of the visionaries for The Luke. He served as Development Director and Project Manager for the renovation of The Luke. Rod has a 31-year track record as a pioneer in theatre, both locally and nationally. He founded and served as Artistic Director of the award-winning Access Theatre for 18 years, touring the country with original productions. He has served on the boards of Center Stage Theater, The Lobero Theatre, BOXTALES Theatre Company, as well as national organizations including the National Association for Theatre and Accessibility and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Access Program. Rod is integrally involved in development and creating community partnerships for The Luke. Rod helmed the creation of the Luke Theatre Rent Subsidy Program and Sustainability Fund. He was responsible for securing key donors including Anthony Edwards and bringing Santa Barbara Junior High School Alum back to The Luke for special events including “GLEE at The Luke.”
“I am delighted to serve as Board President to lead the Marjorie Luke Theatre into the future and firmly establish financial and program success,” said Rod as he accepted the Presidency. “My goals include building our Sustainability Fund, growing our donor base, creating exciting benefit events for The Luke with high profile artists and building upon the strong 15-year track record The Luke has as “The People’s Theatre.”
ABOUT THE MARJORIE LUKE THEATRE
The mission of the Santa Barbara Community Youth Performing Arts Center (SBCYPAC), aka The Marjorie Luke Theatre (The Luke), is to establish and maintain an exceptional educational performing arts facility in partnership with the Santa Barbara Unified School District for future generations.

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