2010 Season of Shows at the Barrow-Civic Theatre

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New General Manager hired for BCT

January 22, 2010
Franklin, PA---Barrow-Civic Theatre Names New Manager

Penny Gustavson has been named the new general manager of the Barrow-Civic Theatre. The announcement was made today by Ted Smith, of the Franklin Civic Operetta Board of Directors.

“Penny comes to us with 13 years experience at the Titusville Council on the Arts. During her tenure, the organization experienced major growth in funding and programming, and we look forward to having her at the helm of the Barrow,” said Smith.

Gustavson's start date at the Barrow is set for February 1st.

A Titusville native, Penny has also developed numerous successful arts and community programs, fundraisers and an extensive Arts and Education program through the Titusville Area School District.

“I am so excited to have this new opportunity to use my ideas and skills in managing and developing this beautiful theatre,” said Gustavson.  “I have been here many times, as an audience member, and also in organizing programs in conjunction with other Franklin agencies. I have always been amazed at the jewel that you have here in the Barrow, and the wonderful supportive community,” she continued.

Gustavson holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville as well as certificates in Computer Small Systems Specialist and Video Production both from the Harry T. Kerr Center in Titusville. While at UPT, she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Gustavson also serves as a PA State Representative on arts advocacy through the Americans for the Arts, who meet annually with Congress in Washington D.C. to lobby for arts funding. She is a member of the PA
Presenters Board of Directors dedicated to presenting the performing arts and serving presenters throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and as a grant review panelist on both the Erie and Venango County
Pennsylvania Partners on the Arts panels. Additionally, she serves on the Titusville Community Council Board of Directors and the Titusville Oil 150 Committee.

Penny is married to Gary Gustavson and has two children Heath Bromley and his wife Brandy of Oil City PA and Courtney DeDionisio, her husband Tony and her grandson, Michael of Erie, PA. She is the daughter of
Clarence and Carolyn Bromley of Titusville.

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