The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center has promoted Julienne Penza-Boone to executive director. The Massachusetts native joined the WHBPAC team in 2008 as its arts education program manager.
“I am so honored to be named executive director of an institution that I cherish and feel so passionately about,” said Penza-Boone. “The current times are certainly strange and uncertain, but I am so confident in our community and steadfastly believe that WHBPAC’s best days are ahead. Our goal is to make the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center the premier performing arts venue and arts education center on Long Island, while remaining firmly rooted in our community-based values.”
Penza-Boone was also responsible for instituting the after-school theatre program. She has developed summer educational offerings and was the co-creator of WHBPAC’s creative aging program, Melodies and Memories, a music and theater program for older adults. In 2014, she was named education director. Most recently, her educational efforts have focused on adult arts education.
“Julienne has shown great leadership and wonderful commitment to the theater over the past 10 years. She was our only choice to lead us through the next evolution for the theater. Her poise in leading her very loyal staff through this difficult time has been extraordinary,” said James Kuhn, WHBPAC’s chairman of the board.
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