Joseph Guglielmo Named New General Manager of Cape Playhouse
Producer of the Cape Playhouse, and Chief Executive of the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, Mark Cuddy, today announced that Joseph Guglielmo has been appointed to the newly created position of General Manager of The Playhouse and Center for the Arts campus. He begins full-time on January 20th, and will report directly to Cuddy.
Mr. Guglielmo has been the Director of Audience Services for Emerson College and its programming and presenting organization, ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage. There he oversees all front-of-house and box office operations for six venues, as well as working closely with ArtsEmerson's marketing and development departments on patron engagement. In addition, Mr. Guglielmo owns the Lost in Boston general management firm that serves touring theatrical productions and special events. Prior to his current position, he has served as managing director of the Provincetown Theatre Foundation and programming manager of Broadway in Boston. Mr. Guglielmo received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College.
"Joe Guglielmo combines a rather extraordinary array of skills and experience that have uniquely prepared him to manage the historic Cape Playhouse", stated Cuddy. "He is at the forefront of serving theatre patrons both technologically and personally. With our new focus on building stronger relationships with our audience and donors, Joe is the perfect person to lead Playhouse operations."
"I am thrilled to be joining Mark and the team at the Cape Playhouse and the Cape Cod Center for the Arts. I grew up attending performances at the Cape Playhouse and it is an honor to contribute to The Playhouse's storied history. I look forward to getting to know our patrons and to help shepherd The Playhouse as we raise the curtain on her next act."
Longtime Executive Managing Director of The Playhouse, Kathleen Fahle, will be leaving her position on January 17th. "I want to thank Kathy Fahle for her sixteen years of dedication to The Playhouse and the Center for the Arts", said Cuddy. "She was the first year-round manager at The Playhouse, and steered the organization through many challenges and triumphs during her tenure. We wish her the very best in her new endeavors."
The 2014 Summer Season will be announced on January 27th. Subscriptions for the new season are now on sale online (capeplayhouse.com), by phone (877-385-3911) or at the Business Office located on the grounds of the Cape Cod Center for the Arts.
The non-profit Cape Playhouse was founded in 1927 by Californian Raymond Moore, who spent several summers in Provincetown painting scenery, writing plays and acting in local theatre. His vision, however, was to have a theatre of his own - a smart, sophisticated summer theatre, which would bring Broadway to Cape Cod. He purchased a 19th century former Unitarian Meeting House for $200, had it moved to 3 ½ acres of pasture land fronting the Old Kings Highway in Dennis, and converted it into a professional theatre. The Cape Playhouse has been kept true to its original structure - even the original pews still serve as seats. The opening performance on July 4, 1927 was The Guardsman, starring Basil Rathbone. Over the years, many big name stars from Broadway and the silver screen have acted there including Bette Davis (who first worked as an usher), Gregory Peck, Gertrude Lawrence, Lana Turner, Ginger Rogers, Humphrey Bogart, Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes, Julie Harris, Paulette Goddard - it's no wonder the Cape Playhouse is known as "The Birthplace of the Stars. Many young aspiring performers spent their summers here. In 1956, a young student was given a small part in The Male Animal, starring Henry Fonda (his daughter, Jane)! Today, most of the stars still come from Broadway, but it seems that almost every well known star of stage, screen and TV has walked the stage of the Cape Playhouse.