NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The State Theatre has a new leader.

The company's board of trustees announced this week its appointment of Anna Marie Gewirtz to acting president and CEO. She previously served as the theater's senior vice president and chief of external affairs under Thomas J. Carto, who's leaving his post.

“Anna Marie is integral to our recent success in fundraising and marketing, and we appreciate her ongoing leadership as she takes on this new role,” Scott Fergang, chair of the State Theatre Board of Trustees, said in a statement.

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Gewirtz began working for the Livingston Avenue-based arts company in 2013. Before that, she worked in arts and nonprofit management—at the Liberty Science Center and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, according to the announcement.

Gewirtz studied music and political science at Rutgers College, according to a 2015 Rutgers University profile. She went on to earn a masters degree in business administration from Rutgers Business School in Newark in 2006, according to the university.

Given her musical talent, education and experience, Gewirtz has a unique background that her colleagues and mentors have said make her a good fit for a position like the one at the State Theatre.

The state's Association of Fundraising Professionals honored her this year as an outstanding professional fundraiser, according to the theater company. Next Monday, she's slated to receive NJ Biz's 40 Under 40 Award for her marketing work.