|Masonic Theatre Complex Announces New Executive Director|
Justin Reiter Has Substantial Performing Arts Experience
Clifton Forge, VA (June 22, 2020) - The Masonic Theatre Preservation Foundation Board is pleased to introduce Justin C. Reiter as Executive Director for The Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre. He will begin working part time in July and assume the full time position on August 3, 2020.
Mr. Reiter has worked in a leadership capacity for 35 years and has lived in Virginia since 2011. He and his wife currently reside in Staunton, VA. He is responsible for bringing the Heifetz International Music Institute to Staunton. He served as Marketing Director for the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia before becoming Executive Director for the American Frontier Culture Foundation. He also served as Production Manager for Networks Presentations, one of the largest Producers of Broadway touring musicals. He toured the world with productions of Hairspray, Cabaret, Rent, Sweeney Todd, Annie and Lincoln Centerâ€™s South Pacific.
He has worked on segments of Regis and Kathie Lee, Late Night with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Quincy Jones-the first 50 years. He also served as Production Manager and Floor Director for the PBS-award winning television series, the Lonesome Pine Special. He was Technical Director for the Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Actors Studio and the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom, as well as General Manager for the Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, he has a degree in Technical Theatre from New York University and Certification from the Center for Creative Leadership LDP program.
â€śJustin has worked with start-ups and established organizations in non-profit strategic planning and understands the challenges theatres are facing during COVID-era regulations. With his leadership, we know we will move forward with the re-opening of The Historic Masonic Theatre in a safe and creative way, when the time is rightâ€ť, said Gayle Hillert, president of Masonic Theatre Preservation Foundation Board. â€śHe has the financial, artistic and technical knowledge and experience, in addition to being fully committed to our mission of being a community gathering place. We are very excited to introduce Justin to the Alleghany Highlandsâ€ť.
â€śI am excited to join the Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre team. The moment I entered the lobby I could feel the attention to detail and care that went into the restoration. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work!â€ť Mr. Reiter said.
Please visit us at www.historicmasonictheatre.com to see the latest updates on rescheduled performances and the Masonic Amphitheatre Outdoor Movie Series schedule.