NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 22-year veteran of arts administration and leadership will take over the role as the seventh President and Chief Executive Officer of the historic State Theatre New Jersey this month.
Sarah K. Chaplin, who most recently served as Executive Director of The National Theatre Corporation in Washington, D.C., will start on August 6.
“Sarah has a true passion for the arts and with her dedication and proven record as an arts manager, she is an exemplary leader to help guide the State Theatre into this exciting new chapter," Scott Fergang, Chair of the State Theatre New Jersey Board of Trustees, said
As State Theatre President and CEO, Chaplin will set the artistic vision of the theater; create and direct strategic plans; oversee day-to-day operations; and continue to strengthen the financial position of the organization through fundraising, sales, investments, and ancillary revenue streams.
“I am honored to lead this wonderful, historic institution and I look forward to working with the dedicated staff, board, and many partners across the state to help further the State Theatre’s mission of serving New Jersey’s diverse population as a vibrant performing arts center in the cultural heart of New Brunswick,” Chaplin said.
In her role at The National Theatre, Chaplin worked on the revitalization of the historic venue through strategic planning, brand identity, and capital improvements. During her tenure, Chaplin increased income by 40 percent, which included the first major grants from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities in the organization’s history.
Before joiningThe National Theatre Corporation, Chaplin worked for SMG, a national venue management company. At SMG she served as General Manager for The National Theatre in Washington, DC; Facility Director for the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville, Florida; and Theater Director for Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Utah.
Chaplin, a Utah native, received a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts from Weber State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management from Yale University, School of Drama.