Morelli is Setting the Stage for the New Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center

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Mike Morelli, with the new facility under construction in the background
Mike Morelli brings 20 years of extensive experience and contagious enthusiasm to his new role as general manager of the spectacular Performing Arts Center currently under construction at Kent State at Tuscarawas.

Prior to accepting this new position, Morelli was the director of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University at Houghton in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He managed the operations and the auxiliary business associated with the facility. He also contracted with agents and performers for three presenting series and a lecture series, resulting in 26 to 40 events annually.

“Mike Morelli possesses high energy and enthusiasm that will be advantageous in successfully launching our Performing Arts Center,” says Dr. Gregg Andrews, dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State at Tuscarawas.

As general manager, Morelli is responsible for contracting with agents, creating and implementing a presenting series, managing the 50,000-square-foot center and facility rentals, and developing community partnerships. Current duties also include involvement in the construction process, establishing budgets, determining staffing levels, writing job descriptions and reviewing and requesting theatre equipment.

“The opportunity to be involved in the construction of a world-class facility at a nationally respected university in a community which is welcoming and safe for my family is a dream come true,” says Morelli.

The 1,100-seat theatre features a stage designed to accommodate big touring shows such as those from Broadway and other large venues, international touring groups and concert productions. Support spaces such as dressing rooms and loading docks have been configured to make these productions not only feasible but desirable.

“Currently, residents in our service region are driving 100 miles to see productions. With the opening of our Performing Arts Center, we will bring the best national and international touring shows into our community and present them in an amazing venue,” adds Morelli.

In addition to his impressive administrative experience, Morelli has taught at Central Texas College, Texas Tech University and Truckee Meadows Community College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in theatre from the University of Wyoming, Master of Business Administration from Regis University in Denver, Colo., a Master of Fine Arts in theatre from Utah State University, and he is a Ph.D. candidate at Texas Tech University.

He and his wife, Emily, have two daughters and reside in Dover.

By Pam Patacca

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