GREAT BARRINGTON — The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center welcomed a new director of advancement this week.
Diane Wortis, who has worked for numerous Berkshire County-based organizations, assumed her new position at the theater on Monday, Feb. 3. Wortis, who has lived two blocks up the street from the theater since 2002, brings more than 30 years of experience in fundraising, communication and nonprofit management to the position.
“I have a deep love for and commitment to the Berkshires. Both of my kids, now young adults, are products of the public schools in Great Barrington. My son played on the Mahaiwe’s stage as part of the band program at Monument Mountain High School, and both kids attended performances throughout their education thanks to Mahaiwe’s partnerships with the local schools,” said Wortis in a statement.
Wortis replaces Janis Martinson, who stepped into the role of executive director left vacant by exiting executive director, Beryl Jolly, at the start of the year. Martinson, a longtime resident of Egremont, was appointed as the director of advancement in 2017.
“Diane is a dynamic and strategic fundraising professional with deep experience in and a passion for the nonprofit arts world. She has successfully managed teams, rallied volunteers, generated community connections, and led multiple campaigns to establish a strong track record of securing gifts at all levels,” said Martinson in a statement. “I am especially pleased that she is joining the Mahaiwe in its fifteenth anniversary season as we look toward significant fundraising to extend our programming reach and maintain our treasured historic theater.”
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