Md. Theatre selects managing director

February 20, 1997


Staff Writer

The Maryland Theatre's board president said Thursday that the managing director's job has been filled, but a date has not yet been set for the person to start.

Patricia Wolford, board president and acting theater director, said the new managing director was selected about six weeks ago.

Wolford would not identify the new director.

The new director will not start until after the theater's $130,000 balloon mortgage payment had been made, she said. Theater officials are in the process of paying off the debt, although Wolford would not disclose how. The payment is due in May.

Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust of Hagerstown is the lead bank for the group holding the mortgage, which was taken out in 1994 when the financially troubled theater in downtown Hagerstown was in the midst of a funding crisis. The original mortgage was $250,000.


Wolford said the identity of the new director will be announced later, but would not provide further details concerning the new director or the balloon payment.

Board member Jack Staley also would not identify the new director or how the balloon payment would be made. He referred all questions to Wolford.

Board member William Hamilton could not be reached for comment because he was out of town.

The theater's other four board members did not return repeated phone calls.

In an earlier interview, Wolford said the director's salary would be in the low- to mid-$20,000s.

Wolford has handled the daily management of the historic South Potomac Street theater since the board dismissed Kelley Gilbert as executive director last June.

Board members decided in January to stick with their plan to hire a managing director instead of an executive director, even after Mayor Steven T. Sager applied to be the theater's executive director.

Board officials said the theater didn't have enough money to hire an executive director.

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