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Theater to be named after Marinoff family

February 19, 2013

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley announced the name of the new theater in the second phase of the Center for Contemporary Arts.

The 180-seat theater and multipurpose venue will be called the Stanley C. and Shirley A. Marinoff Theater when it opens later this spring.

The naming opportunity is in recognition of a recent legacy endowment contribution to the Shepherd University Foundation by Dr. Stanley C. Marinoff, of Shepherdstown and Chevy Chase, Md., and in memory of his late wife, Shirley.

The endowment fund is established to support the educational initiatives and artistic programming of the Contemporary American Theater Festival, hosted at Shepherd University since 1991.

There has been a Marinoff on the CATF board for the past 22 years: Shirley Marinoff was an original trustee of the theater festival and Dr. Marinoff currently serves on its board; their daughter, Allison Marinoff Carle, finished her mother’s board term after Shirley’s death in 1996 and is currently on the festival’s honorary board.

Dr. Marinoff is originally from Philadelphia, where he and Shirley met. In 1973, they came to the Washington area, where he was a practicing physician for more than 30 years. They built a home in Shepherdstown the same year as CATF’s inaugural season, and became early supporters and advocates of the theater festival.

The Marinoff Theater will feature its first professional productions this summer as part of the 23rd season of the Contemporary American Theater Festival, July 5 to 28.

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