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George Washington University Appoints Maryann Lombardi as the New Executive Director of GW Lisner Auditorium

November 28, 2012

Media Contacts:Angela Olson
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Michelle Sherrard
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WASHINGTON— Maryann Lombardi has been named executive director of the George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. In this newly created leadership role, Ms. Lombardi will lead the day-to-day administration and operations of the auditorium, seek out new collaborations and partnerships and oversee the artistic vision for Lisner.

“Maryann Lombardi has a successful record of working collaboratively across departments and with the larger community,” said Michael Peller, assistant vice president of events and venues at George Washington. “Our 70th anniversary season is an appropriate time to appoint a new leader to our team to ensure Lisner’s artistic excellence in the future.”

As executive director, Ms. Lombardi will set the course for Lisner’s future by managing the operations, growth and quality of the auditorium’s programs and facilities. One of her first goals is to expand the artistic administration team with new positions for a marketing manager and a programming/booking manager which will complement the recent hirings of a sound technician and a light technician.  

“Lisner has such a rich history,” said Ms. Lombardi. “I am delighted by the opportunity to build the administration and production team with new positions, and to grow our line-up by presenting more world class artists, innovative up-and-comers and exploring new genres of the arts for the venue. We are excited about the programming announcements to come soon.”   

Ms. Lombardi has built a career at the intersection of arts and business. Most recently she served as the director of creative economy for the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There she worked with the university and the City of Springfield, Mass., to develop programs focused on the redevelopment of the downtown. Prior to her work at the University of Massachusetts, she spent 10 years producing theater in New York City. Ms. Lombardi has worked with George Washington University in a consultant role since 2011.

About GW Lisner Auditorium
Established in 1943, GW Lisner Auditorium is a 70-year-old arts presenter and cultural icon in the District of Columbia.  It was the center of performing arts in D.C. prior to the opening of The Kennedy Center in 1971, and was designated as an historic D.C. landmark in 1990. Lisner has presented a variety of top artists and speakers including John Williams, B.B. King, Emmy Lou Harris, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Indigo Girls, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Washington Ballet, David Sedaris, Jon Stewart, Bill O’Reilly and numerous other world-class artists.  

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