Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center CEO resigns


MIDLAND – There will be a change of management at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

Managing Director and CEO Stephen Catanzarite tendered his resignation on Thursday, which was accepted by the centre’s board.

Citing a “staff” question, Chris Shovlin, executive director of development and government affairs at Lincoln Park, said comments should come from Lincoln Park attorney Craig Lee.

Lee said the board’s comments would be limited to an emailed letter simply stating that the resignation had been accepted and that the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center “wishes Stephen to go ahead and thanks him “.

Catanzarite, one of the founders of Midland Entertainment Center and Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, explained his decision:

“The seasons change. Frankly, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while,” said Catanzarite. “I have a vision for a direction in which I want to go with the work I do, things that I think should be a priority, and the best way to get there. The board members have different ideas and priorities, which I respect. “

When asked to elaborate on these differences between himself and the board, Catanzarite said that “all the differences were pretty mundane and typical. More to do with style than substance. Said, it’s more about being the time for changes and new opportunities. There is no bitterness or resentment on my part. “

Catanzarite left Lincoln Park in July 2012 to become Founder / CEO of Baden Academy Charter School, a position he held for 17 months. In 2017, he returned to Lincoln Park, where he had been the founding CEO in 2004.

“I am fortunate to be in a place where I can be selective in what I do, and I feel like the time has come for me to make a change,” said the township resident of Brighton.

Stephen Catanzarite has resigned from his position as Managing Director and CEO of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

“We have accomplished the main agenda items that we set when I returned to Lincoln Park in 2017: we increased our income and strengthened our financial position; we led the creation of a new educational option with the Midland Innovation + Technology Charter School, which celebrated a first a few weeks ago; our audience grew to record sizes before the pandemic and the quality of production is world class; we’ve established our stage design and technology center in Aliquippa, and we’re part of the Dialogue for Life in eastern and possibly western Pennsylvania. So I feel like, mission accomplished, what’s the next step for me? “

Catanzarite said he was most proud of the way the school’s management team and board of directors weathered the pandemic, including keeping people “safe, healthy and secure at the school. to the best of our ability “.

“People have kept their jobs, their wages and their benefits. And tonight the curtain rises again and our audience is coming back,” Catanzarite said. “So it’s good to finish strong. I love the Midland community and so many people there. The good work there will continue, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it. add that I go under my own steam. “

“It was my decision to quit,” he said.

Scott Tady is the local entertainment reporter for The Beaver County Times and Ellwood City Ledger. He is easy to reach at stady@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @scottady


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