Beth Schiavo Named Executive Director of the Center for Puppetry Arts

Beth Schiavo Named Executive Director of the Center for Puppetry Arts

The Board of Directors of the Center for Puppetry Arts has named Beth Schiavo Executive Director effective July 1. Schiavo has been serving as Interim Managing Director since January, following the retirement of the Center’s founder, Vincent Anthony.  

As former Managing Director and CFO of Atlanta-based North Highland Consulting,  former Audit Partner with EY LLP, community volunteer and board member of some of Atlanta’s leading non-profit organizations, including the Woodruff Arts Center and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Schiavo brings a wealth of experience to the Center for Puppetry Arts.

“The Center is a true gem in our city, a magical place that invites over 148,000 visitors a year through its doors. Working with an inspiring group of leaders, I have been humbled by the innovative people of the Center – their resilience and their passion to continue engaging with patrons during this challenging time," said Beth Schiavo. "I am excited to continue this journey to see what the future holds and to be a part of the Center’s expanding reach to new audiences, particularly families desiring a safe and joyful place to visit with their children, both virtually and when we reopen our doors.”

Under Schiavo’s leadership, the Center quickly shifted its programming strategy in mid-March, when the Center closed due to COVID-19, by launching the @ Home program - expanding the Center’s digital learning platform which traditionally focused on school groups to offer content directly to audiences in their homes.  Consequently, the Center’s reach expanded from seven to 85 countries worldwide, engaging over 200,000 people across the globe in just two months.

“Beth has shown excellent leadership, especially through the COVID-19 crisis, and we believe she will continue to do so. We are fortunate to have someone of her caliber to guide us through these challenging times and into the brighter days ahead,” said Allen Yee, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The Center is in the final stages of preparations for reopening. The facility is equipped to meet the highest standards for public safety as outlined by the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health. The Center will also offer timed ticketing to ensure low density in order to provide safe social distancing for those who visit the Center.  In addition, new content will continue to be offered through the digital platform so that everyone can enjoy and experience the magic of the Center whether live or remote.

A reopening date for the Center and a slate of new summer digital programs are expected to be announced in the days ahead.

Contact info:
Name: Therese Aun, Marketing Director
Email Address: thereseaun@puppet.org
Phone: 678.467.5384

For a complete list of the Center’s major supporters visit www.puppet.org/about/sponsors.

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About Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts is supported in part by: Fulton County Arts Council • City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs • Georgia Council for the Arts • The Zeist Foundation • The Wish Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

For a complete list of the Center’s major supporters, visit www.puppet.org/about/sponsors.

Center for Puppetry Arts® is a unique cultural treasure – a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum as well as Distance Learning and Outreach programs. Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is supported in part by contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. These programs are also supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center is a member of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA/USA/ASSITEJ).The Center also serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization.

Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring Street
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