Molly Fortune named executive director of Newberry Opera House

From Midlands

Molly FortuneNEWBERRY, SC – Molly Fortune, a former director on the executive staff of the Fox Theater in Atlanta, was named executive director of the Newberry Opera House after an extensive national search. She will be only the second executive director in the NOH’s stellar history.

Molly previously served as the Restoration and Operations Director for the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia for 15 years. In her tenure with the Fox she was instrumental in developing and implementing strategies focused on the guest experience through authentic preservation of the historic landmark.

Building on the marriage between Operations and Preservation, she was the co-founder of the Fox Theatre Institute; an outreach program that assists historic theatres in Georgia with preservation expertise as well as operational/booking knowledge. Through this program she was able to further develop and hone the guest experience for all who walk through the doors of the Fox, staff, performers and ticket buyers through lessons learned from other venues.

She has been active in many national organizations including the board of the League of Historic American Theaters, on which she currently serves.

Molly commented “The Fox and The Newberry Opera House are more similar than first glance would allow. They are vibrant economic engines, repositories for memories, launching grounds for dreams and empowerment tools to change the world. They both think beyond their four walls and strive to touch, cultivate and challenge the character of those who walk the halls.”

Molly is married to LTC Christopher Kemper and has two daughters age 9 and 6 and one co-dependent golden retriever, Teddy.

Phil Spotts, chairman of the board of the Newberry Opera House commented “Molly is the perfect visionary leader for this new phase of the Opera House and for Newberry.”