Sheila Grether-Marion Named Chair of Pasadena Playhouse Board of Directors

Sheila Grether-Marion Named Chair of Pasadena Playhouse Board of Directors

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Charles Dillingham, Interim Executive Director) announced today that Sheila Grether-Marion has been elected as the new Chair of The Pasadena Playhouse's Board of Directors.

Grether-Marion had previously acted as Board Vice-Chair since October, 2008. Outgoing Board Chair, Michele Dedeaux Engemann, was recently honored at The Playhouse's annual gala event on May 19th. David DiCristofaro, who previously served as The Playhouse Board Treasurer, was also elected as the new Vice-Chair. Current board member Stephen Bennett will assume the position of Board Treasurer and Linda Boyd Griffey will continue as Board Secretary. Board member Brad King was also named Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee. Two new board members were elected at the annual board meeting held Wednesday, June 27th: Tony Phillips and George A. Henning.

"I very much value the partnership that I have shared with Michele over the past several years," said Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Playhouse. "It has been an eventful period – a sometimes incredibly difficult, but ultimately rewarding period for the theatre. Through it all, Michele displayed tenacity, determination, and passion for The Playhouse and the art of the theatre. While I will miss working with her in that capacity, I look forward to a continuing and growing relationship with Sheila as the new board chair. Already I can feel that her knowledge of the arts, her zeal, and her long term vision and healthy ambition for our theatre will serve The Playhouse brilliantly and bring us an exciting new phase of growth and accomplishment."

"The Playhouse holds a very special place in my heart, and for over a decade it has been a pleasure to serve on its board," said Sheila Grether-Marion. "I am very honored to carry on the excellent work that Michele has initiated as Board Chair and especially at a time when our theatre is thriving so unbelievably well. I look forward to many more successful seasons such as the one we are just completing this summer and enriching all of our wonderful outreach, education and development programs."

"It is with great enthusiasm and trust that I turn over the Chair's gavel to my friend and colleague, Sheila Grether-Marion," said outgoing Board Chair Michele Dedeaux Engemann. "Sheila has such a passion for the theatre arts and she has a brilliant mind for business and fundraising issues. She is a creative, generous and forward thinking leader and is a driving force in the partnership of The Playhouse and the community. As I reflect over the past 16 years as a board member and nearly four years as Board Chair, I have every confidence that Sheila, my dear friend Sheldon Epps, David DiCristofaro and the entire board and administration will continue to lead our beloved Pasadena Playhouse into a bright and successful future."

Sheila Grether-Marion has served on The Playhouse Board of Director's since 1999. A former actor and professional fund-raiser for the Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy Of Music, the Los Angeles Library Association and the National Repertory Theatre, Sheila has assisted in raising millions of dollars for non-profit organizations. She has received many awards for her work including The President's Award for Public Sector Initiatives in 1982, citations from Mayor Tom Bradley and the Board of Los Angeles Library Commissions and from the Los Angeles County Library for her work to raise funds to combat illiteracy. Sheila began her second career as a Financial Advisor in 1987 and has been First Vice-President, Investments with Merrill Lynch in its Pasadena office since 2002. She is currently a Portfolio Manager-Personal Investment Advisory program and the senior partner of her team. Sheila and her husband, Mark, live in Sierra Madre. Sheila was born and raised in Pasadena and was an usher at The Pasadena Playhouse while she attended Blair High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from nearby Occidental College in 1976. She and Mark have two children, Marissa Fox, a lawyer and Orion Marion, a professional musician.

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