Mr. Adelberg joins the non-profit organization in its 80th anniversary year. “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Stuart Adelberg to the Avon,” said Deborah Royce, Avon board president. “We have spent the past 15 years building the Avon into the viable independent cinema that it is today. With Stuart’s proven leadership—coupled with the talents of our already capable team— the Avon is poised for the next phase of its growth as the premier film and arts venue in our region.”
Mr. Adelberg joins the film center from Bridgeport, Conn-based Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, where he served as CEO for the past four years. During his tenure theorem. Adelberg oversaw the construction and sale of close to 40 new affordable homes and led the organization to acquire property and raise the funds needed to create a new neighborhood of seven homes for local families.
He is experienced in working in partnership with strong and diverse boards and has had success in obtaining both government and corporate grants, said Avon Theatre Film Center. That skill is expected to help the Avon increase its financial foundation as the theatre embarks on restoring its historic 1939 building.
Mr. Adelberg has over 30 years of experience working for non-profit groups, including as president of the Greenwich (Conn) United Way. He previously served as senior vice president and then as the CEO of the combined Greenwich-Stamford United Way.
“I could not be more excited about the opportunity to join this thriving arts organization,” said Mr. Adelberg. “I have been so impressed by the quality of the Avon’s programming and the commitment of its board and staff. The Avon is well positioned for growth and will continue to be a major contributor to the vitality of downtown Stamford and the region. It will be privilege to join the team and help make this happen.”
DHR International Recruits Artistic Director for the Brooklyn Academy of Music
DHR International placed David Binder as the artistic director of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). James Abruzzo, managing partner of DHR’s global non-profit recruiting practice, led the search. “The Brooklyn Academy of Music is the major presenter of the greatest contemporary artists from around the world – therefore, we needed someone who understood the global landscape,” said Mr. Abruzzo.
The Avon, a member-supported independent cinema, is committed to serving as the cultural hub for downtown Stamford. Through the lens of film, the Avon showcases a diverse program of new independent films, documentaries, foreign films and cult classics. The theatre recently launched a new series, the Black Lens, featuring the African-American experience through the lens of film. The Avon also offers several film series, including Discover Indian Cinema in partnership with the India Cultural Center of Greenwich, and French Cinémathèque in collaboration with the Alliance Française of Greenwich. The theatre also serves as a popular venue for two film festivals – Focus on French Cinema and the Greenwich International Film Festival, both of which contribute to the growing economic vitality of downtown Stamford.
Mr. Adelberg has a long history of involvement in the arts. He was artistic director of the St. Catherine’s Players, a theater troupe that performed for 25 years in Riverside, Conn. He serves on the advisory board of the Greenwich Arts Council, was a founding board member of the Greenwich Center for the Arts and has done professional theatrical training at the prestigious National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn.
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