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Leila Ibrahim Joins Trustus Theatre as New Executive Director


Trustus Theatre announced that Leila Ibrahim will join the 31-year-old organization as the new Executive Director. Partnering with Trustus Artistic Director Chad Henderson, Ibrahim will work to further develop business oversight, event execution and sponsorship support. Ibrahim comes to the Columbia community with over 9 years of experience, having spent the last year in Florence at the Florence Little Theatre as their Executive Director.

Ibrahim will continue the success of Trustus Theatre by adding operational support. Ibrahim states, "Trustus has accomplished a lot in its short history and has a great, positive momentum. I really get the impression that they are on the cusp of becoming a true leader and regional presence in the arts; a theatre that other theatres look up to. I hope to help continue that upward climb and help push the organization to the next level".

Ibrahim's past work experience includes supervising, hiring and training box office staff as the box office manager at The Liacouras Center at Temple University, managing all operational aspects of ticket sales and executing 20+ events as the interim director at the Grand Opera House at Mercer University, and developing and implementing fundraising plans including a sponsorship program, membership campaign and grant opportunities as the development director at Cherokee County Arts Center.

"One of the benefits of a smaller, local theatre is that it can be community focused", states Ibrahim. "We can really program and adapt to the community we serve, whether that means serving parts of the community that are currently underserved or doing work that really speaks to the current community. A smaller organization has the ability to change quicker to be more reflective of what is going on and that is a really exciting environment to be a part of".

Trustus Theatre is a local nonprofit specializing in bringing the community fresh new voices in the theatre and daring and engaging scripts from Broadway, Off-Broadway, Chicago, and LA. For more information and updates on Trustus, visit,, or call 803.254.9732.

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