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Jenny Wiley Theatre Announces New Executive Director
Board President Miriam Silman reports Doggett has exactly the skill set Jenny Wiley needs as it expands, saying, “Holly will help Jenny Wiley Theatre become a vital, vibrant partner in the community. She is creative and energetic, and her experience in the nonprofit world is exactly what we need at this pivotal point in our development.”
Doggett comes to Kentucky from Cedar Park, Texas, where she has been the Executive Director of the Austin Steam Train Association for the past seven years. Before that she worked for the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross. Doggett has been involved in theatre for many years, starting when her daughter discovered theatre as a child. She has served on the Board of the Sam Bass Community Theatre, and has volunteered for other local theatres, volunteering in the box office, helping with marketing, and serving as a stage manager and director. Doggett has also written and directed a short play, “Four Little Words” which premiered at FronteraFest in Austin in 2013. Her daughter, Alexa, just graduated from Carolina Coastal University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Doggett is a graduate of Texas A & M University with a degree in Psychology. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join Jenny Wiley Theatre at this time. The incredible history of the amphitheatre and its place in the community is amazing. I look forward to helping JWT expand that legacy with year round theatre and educational programs in the new facility. The possibilities are so exciting.”
Jenny Wiley Theatre opens the 2014 50th anniversary season on May 29 with the opening production in the brand new theatre in downtown Pikeville. An Open House is scheduled for Thursday, May 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Doggett will be there to meet patrons and community members, and entertainment will be provided by JWT Company and Footlights Theatre performers. In addition, there will be delicious food and beverages from The Blue Raven and L & M restaurants, as well as a jazz band and door prizes. The building’s architects will be present and this will be the commencement of the “Take Your Seat” campaign offering naming opportunities for a seat in the theatre. The JWT summer season includes A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel at the Pikeville Mainstage (opening May 29), Peter Pan and South Pacific at the Amphitheatre (opening June 13 and June 27) and Feud 1 and Feud 2 in Pikeville (opening August 21).