Orpheum Performing Arts Centre Announces Stacee Olden as New Executive Director

Stacee Olden, OPAC Executive DirectorThe Orpheum Performing Arts Centre board of directors is pleased to announce Stacee Olden as the new executive director of the organization.

“Stacee brings a wealth of nonprofit experience to her new leadership role at the Orpheum,” said Board Chairperson Glen Nilsen. “She has a genuine passion for our mission which she has demonstrated repeatedly as our director of development. She embraces the philosophy that this grand historic venue serves to bring together the friends and families of Wichita and, in the process, build community.”

Olden has served as the Orpheum’s director of development for the past three years. During her tenure, she served as part of the strategic planning team outlining and framing the future of the Orpheum Theatre. More than $5 million dollars has been raised since her arrival.

“The ‘Lady O’ is a true Wichita treasure. She is 101 years old and is one of only 17 Orpheum Theatres still standing,” said Olden. “Built and designed by architect John Eberson, the Orpheum is the first atmospheric theatre in the United States. Its architectural significance, beauty, rich history, and location, make our theatre a truly iconic landmark which has been making memories for a century.”

“Among the 17 Orpheum Theatres remaining,” said Olden, “Our theatre is the only one not fully restored. The Orpheum team is working to ensure the future of this historic gem.”

With major plans set to be announced later this year, Olden is proud to assume the helm and eager to start. “This is an exciting time for the Orpheum. Our organization is preparing the theatre for its second century of service as we honor and celebrate the theatre’s history and heritage.”

Strategic planning for the theatre was accomplished in significant part under the leadership of departing executive director, Rachel Banning. “In her years with our team, Rachel provided crucial guidance and direction as we planned for the theatre’s next century,” said Nilsen. “Going forward, Stacee is the leader we need to engage with staff, donors, volunteers, community partners, and local government.”

Rachel Banning leaves the Orpheum to assume the role of CEO at Rainbows United. “We also understand and appreciate her personal family connection with Rainbows United and wish her great success.”

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