The award-winning Company Theatre (TCT), the South Shore’s non-profit theatrical destination since 1979, has appointed Carolyn Kennedy of Scituate as their first General Manager, supporting the Theatre’s mission to provide quality affordable theatrical entertainment and performing arts education to the entire region.
Expansive growth of TCT’s educational, theatrical and special event programming motivated the founding artistic team of Zoe Bradford, Jordie Saucerman and Michael Joseph to originate the General Manager position. “Given the current trend in our growth and continued expansion of educational programs, it is vital for us to add a general manager to our team,” shares Bradford. “Carolyn’s incredible community outreach work on the South Shore immediately indicated that she would be a great fit for our organization.”
With a background that includes undergraduate studies in theater arts at Emerson College, Kennedy was quick to apply for the position. “I’ve always loved theatre and have sought to combine that passion in my career. It has been my dream to have a role in giving the gift of theatre to children in underserved communities. I look forward to the opportunity to pursue that goal as part of my new position.” Kennedy’s experience as founder and producer of The Folding Players, an organization that brought theatre programming to children in elementary schools throughout the Boston area, has inspired her to continue that mission at TCT.
With extensive experience in business, marketing and management, Kennedy is well-suited to the newly created position. She’ll immediately engage with community non-profits and the region’s cultural organizations to fuel TCT’s funding as a 501©(3), with a goal of broadening its educational and artistic goals. She is also charged with maintaining the growth and TCT’s landmark success in programming, strengthening partnerships with local organizations, and create a succession plan for the theatre’s future.
Kennedy has been widely recognized in the South Shore community for more than a decade, most recently serving as the Director of Hingham’s Derby Street Shoppes. In similar capacity, she served eight lifestyle centric shopping malls over the course of three decades across the eastern seaboard. In that industry, she oversaw management both locally and nationally. She has served as a Board Member and Regional Director of New England Shopping Centers and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), on the Board of Directors for the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce for 10 years and as the Founder and President of the New England Shopping Center Alliance for 10 years. She is active with many South Shore charitable organizations, including the YMCA, Atlantic Symphony, Hingham Rotary, Wellspring Multi-Service Center, Hingham Historical Society, Germantown, International Red Cross (Board of Directors), and acts as an overseer to South Shore Conservatory.
Kennedy is also co-author of “Management and Marketing”, educational curriculum taught to graduate students at Mount Holyoke College, and co-author of “Public Relations in Shopping Centers”, an educational seminar utilized in shopping centers internationally. She is the winner of two U.S. MAXI awards from The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for community related marketing events. Previously she served as host of the North Shore region televised program, Business Talk with Carolyn Kennedy. She frequently appears as guest speaker at colleges, seminars and symposiums on marketing and community relations throughout the country.
“Michael, Jordie and I find it exciting to have a business visionary on board who has the ability to create and follow through with new projects,” says Bradford, “Her efforts will allow us, the three artistic directors, to spend more time doing what we love to do — create memorable theatrical experiences!”
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