Murphy director details goals at Rotary


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From left are Rotary Past President Dan Evers and Murphy Theatre Executive Director Steve Burnette.

From left are Rotary Past President Dan Evers and Murphy Theatre Executive Director Steve Burnette.


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WILMINGTON — Steve Burnette, Executive Director of the Murphy Theatre, spoke to the Wilmington Rotary Club which meets at noon at the Elks about the plans he has for 2022.

Burnette said the theatre will keep the traditional shows while adding new ones to make the theatre a real destination. Future shows in the mix will include homegrown plays, stand-up comedians, movies and musicals.

His goals include: creating a house theater company – “The Murphy Stage Company”; beginning radio presentations in August; starting an improv school for adults and children; expand programming beyond what is currently beginning done; and improving community outreach.

Burnette has a background of successful experience in making old theatres alive again, as he had done so in Maine.

The Ohio native wanted to return to the state and the Murphy Theatre opening provided him with that opportunity.

From left are Rotary Past President Dan Evers and Murphy Theatre Executive Director Steve Burnette.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/11/web1_dan-and-steve.jpgFrom left are Rotary Past President Dan Evers and Murphy Theatre Executive Director Steve Burnette. Submitted photo

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