Taking the helm….
Greenwood-Lander Performing Arts has raised the curtain on its 65th season with a new executive director.
Cecily Bradford Morris of Abbeville began her new job on May 16, succeeding Myra Greene Shaffer, who left at the end of 2010 to become Lander University’s director of Alumni Affairs.
Morris is past president and board member of the Abbeville Opera House where her credits also include acting, stage and house manager, set designer, box office volunteer and usher. “I have a passion for the arts,” she said.
Cecily received a bachelor’s degree in studio art and a master’s in education from Furman University, and, while at Furman, she became heavily involved in theatre, negotiating contracts with nationally known performers. Her experience also includes grant writing, public relations and promotion in both the arts and education.
A graphic artist, Morris has worked as an art teacher in the Greenville and Abbeville county school districts. She was assistant principal and on-site supervisor for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice middle and high school programs at the juvenile facility in Greenwood.
For five years, she was the principal of McCormick Middle School in McCormick County. She retired from that position in 2009 and returned to the Abbeville school district to teach art at Wright Middle School.
Morris said, “It is an honor to be part of GLPA to serve the Greenwood community and surrounding areas.”
Dave Lorenzatti, president of the GLPA board of directors said, “We are excited to have somebody with Cecily’s background, experience and enthusiasm to become executive director. We expect the organization to continue to thrive under her leadership.”
Morris is responsible for all aspects of GLPA, including arranging the annual performance schedule and the organization’s Outreach program for schoolchildren, and soliciting financial support. Jackie Counts, the Outreach coordinator, is a former music teacher and she and Morris worked together in the Abbeville school district for 13 years.
For 64 seasons, Greenwood-Lander Performing Arts has brought some of the world’s most talented musicians, dancers and actors to the stage of the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium at Lander University
Contact Cecily at email@example.com or 864.388.8326.
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