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State Theater appoints first woman president, CEO

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Sarah Bartlo-Chaplin has been selected as the first woman president and CEO of the State Theatre in New Brunswick Credits: State Theatre
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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The State Theater has a new CEO. Sarah Bartlo-Chaplin, who has served as the executive director of The National Theater Corporation in Washington, D.C. for the last three-and-half-years, will become the first woman to lead the New Brunswick cultural center.

“We are elated to have an individual with Sarah’s experience join us as we look to begin the next chapter in the State Theater’s exciting history,” said Scott Fergang, chair of the theater's board of trustees.

A search committee, led by trustee Wendy Wiebalk, was assisted by an executive search firm, Management Consultants for the Arts, theater officials said.

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Starting this coming August, Bartlo-Chaplin will oversee day-to-day operations at the theater. Her responsibilities will include strengthening its financial position and setting an “artistic vision,” officials said in a statement.

Bartlo-Chaplin has 22 years of experience in management and arts administration. While at The National Theater, Bartlo-Chaplin increased income by 40 percent, resulting in a budget surplus for fiscal year 2017, the first in 10 years, officials said. She also directed a more than $1 million capital improvement program.

Originally from Utah, Bartlo-Chaplin received a bachelors degree in theater arts from Weber State University and a masters degree in fine arts for theater management from the Yale University School of Drama.

She has held director and management positions at theaters in Jacksonville, Fla, Ogden, Utah and San Diego, Ca.

“I am extremely honored to join the passionate and committed staff and board of directors of the State Theatre New Jersey as they look to the future of the institution,” Bartlo-Chaplin said in a statement.

 

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