Two rise at the Fringe

Congrats to George Wallace and Mike Garvey, who have new positions with the Fringe. George, who was producer Beth Marshall’s right-hand man for the last festival, has been promoted to general manager, leaving Marshall to concentrate on artistic direction. And Mike, a familiar face among Fringe volunteers for many years, is the festival’s new board president.

Here’s wishing the best to both of them in their new posts.

The official word:

George Wallace promoted to General Manager

The Orlando Fringe is thrilled to once again be promoting former patron turned volunteer, turned Volunteer Coordinator, turned Director of Operations George Wallace to his new full-time position as General Manager.

In addition to his operational leadership, George will now be spearheading development, grants, sponsorships, donor relations and office management year-round.  George has a proven track record of years of dedication and success with Orlando Fringe and we think George is the perfect fit for General manager as we journey into our 20th season.

By having George as General Manager, Beth Marshall is able to focus on artistic direction, festival/production execution and artistic relations both locally and globally.

George will begin his new position effective September 1, 2010.

Orlando Fringe Welcomes Michael Garvey as new President

Attending his first Fringe Festival in year 4, Mike has over the years been a volunteer, a staff member and a Fringe Board member prior to rejoining the Board this year as the Board President.  (Many of you may recognize Mike as the man in the leather cowboy hat behind the ticket counter in the last few years.)  Mike’s other jobs are as a manager at Siemens Energy and a devoted husband to his wife, Louise.

“I love what this Festival has become, and what it still could be,” says Mike.  The Fringe is like an extended family reunion — we all get together once a year, catch up on what’s happened since we last saw each other, and have a great time seeing shows and meeting new people.  I want to do what I can to keep the environment going.”

Mike would like to challenge all Fringers, in this 20th year, to bring someone new to the Fringe.  “Once people see out a see a show and feel the energy of the Festival, they are hooked.”

In other Board of Director news, Kevin Banks of Disney Cruise Lines has accepted the position of Vice President.  Both Darci Safreed of Darden and Lisa Curtis of Orange County Public Schools remain on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.

We are also excited to extend a warm welcome to our newest Board of Directors member, Gert Garman, who is the Global Creative Development Manager for Disney Destinations.

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