PORTLAND, ORE.: Portland Center Stage at the Armory has named Cynthia Fuhrman to be the company’s new managing director. Fuhrman, who currently serves as the theatre’s marketing and communications and chief operating officer, begins her new role immediately.
Responsibilities for the job include leading various teams for the theatre’s operations, finances, human resources, patron services, marketing, and working closely with the company’s artistic director Chris Coleman.
“As we look forward to the next stage of growth for our company, I felt it was important to move Cynthia to this new role to fully harness the strengths of our leadership team for our longer term vision for the theater,” said Coleman in a statement. “Her depth of experience in our business, and her community connections and relationships in our field nationally, position her well to serve as managing director at The Armory. I am excited to see what new opportunities may unfold as I work with Cynthia and our team to develop our next strategic plan.”
Fuhrman previously worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in PR, marketing, and education, and as the director of marketing and communications at Seattle Repertory Theatre. She previously worked for Portland Center Stage when it became independent from OSF in 1994, then returned to join the company as director of marketing and communications in 2008. She became the chief operating officer in 2014.
“I am so proud of this company’s history, and of all of the people over the past 30 years—staff and board and volunteers and audience—who have brought us to this point. What an exciting time to be plotting for the next 30 years,” said Fuhrman in a statement.
Portland Center Stage at the Armory is the largest theatre company in Portland and one of the largest regional theatres in the U.S. Each season, the company performs 11 productions and offers roughly 400 community events to serve the Portland community.