Thomas Pechar, Late of Seattle, Will Be New Center Stage Managing Director

News   Thomas Pechar, Late of Seattle, Will Be New Center Stage Managing Director Thomas Pechar, managing director of Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT) will be the new managing director of Baltimore's Center Stage beginning July 1.

Thomas Pechar, managing director of Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT) will be the new managing director of Baltimore's Center Stage beginning July 1.

Pechar succeeds 34-year Center Stage executive Peter W. Culman.

Pechar is in his 12th season at SCT. On his watch, the theatre's budget increased from $1 million annually to more than $5 million, and the company more than tripled its subscribership. Pechar and SCT raised $18 million to fund the construction of a new theatre complex.

Pechar's resume also includes work as managing director of GeVa in Rochester, NY (1983-88) and director of sales and special events for Pittsburgh Public Theater (1979-82), among other experience.

Culman served 34 years as Center Stage's managing director, one of the longest-held jobs in American resident professional theatre. The annual budget when he started was $275,000. It now tops $6.2 million and has a $20 million endowment. Center Stage begins Macbeth March 24-May 7 in The Pearlstone Theatre.

For information, call (410) 332-0033 or try the web site at www.centerstage.org.

-- By Kenneth Jones