Astoria Performing Arts Center Executive Director Taryn Sacramone will step down from her position to join the Queens Theatre as managing director.
Sacramone, who began at APAC in August 2005, helped the organization increase its budget fourfold and expand programming to include an after school playwriting program at IS 10 and a performance program for senior citizens.
“These programs mean a lot for the community and those who participate,” Sacramone said. “I have so many touching and funny stories. I have a special place in my heart for these programs.”
The participants in “Senior Stars” last summer sang everything from “Like a Virgin” to Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time.”
“It does a great deal for my self-esteem,” participant Helen Gamblicher said last year. “I’m much more out there and I look forward to it each year.”
Executive Director Ray Collum left the Flushing Meadows Corona Park-based theater in March and will not be replaced. Sacramone’s position at Queens Theatre has been vacant for awhile.
“I am excited at the possibility to expand programing, taking advantage of the three stages and getting to know the Queens Theatre audience and introducing new audiences,” Sacramone said.
During the last eight years APAC established a home theater at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and set up its offices at Kaufman Astoria Studios.
In 2012, USA Today named APAC a “Top Queens Attraction.” Other publications gave the theater props as well.
In May, Sacramone was honored by state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) at the Women of Distinction Honors Ceremony in Albany.
In 2012, Sacramone was recognized with an Artistic Achievement Award by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) as part of Women’s History Month.
“I know I represent the full board when I say that we are thrilled for Taryn and this wonderful opportunity. We know she will do an incredible job for the Queens Theatre,” said Shelly Felder, the president of APAC’s Board of Directors. “We know that because she’s done an incredible job for APAC. It is that great work that leaves us in a position of strength, with an excellent staff and a committed board of directors. We wish Taryn the very best and look forward to the next great chapter in APAC’s life.”
APAC Artistic Director, Tom Wojtunik, is looking forward to announcing the 2013-2014 schedule in the upcoming weeks.
APAC’s Board of Directors will be immediately commencing a search to find her replacement.