COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- After an announcement during the Board of Director's meeting May 22, the Springer Opera House of Columbus, GA has promoted longtime staff member Danielle Patterson Varner to the position of managing director.
Varner is well- known to Springer audiences, having begun her career there as assistant box office manager in 2002 where she continued to serve in several other positions following it.
She worked her way up through the positions of box office manager, director of audience development and most recently, to director of development, and serving as the theatre's chief fundraising officer for the past four years.
Danielle's duties as managing director will include overseeing the daily operations of the theatre, including sales customer service, finance, fundraising, marketing, facility management and board relations. This should come easy as she has made several major contributions to the theatre's improvement.
Varner has been successful in increasing individual giving corporate sponsorship and grant revenue during her tenure, helping to strengthen the State Theatre of Georgia's financial stability.
She has been instrumental in building a close relationship with the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, which resulted in a $100,000 contribution this past fall for a project called "Turning the Springer Inside-Out" – the installation of two LED signs which tell the theatre's story on the outside of the building.
She also secured a $100,000 grant from the Historic Columbus Foundation in 2017 to be used to repair roof and water damage throughout the historic theatre.
Varner is excited about all the innovations in the Springer's programming. She says, "I am eager to increase the diversity of our staff, our audience and our board of directors. There are new creative platforms for connecting with people and I'm anxious to use them all. I am so honored to be given this opportunity to serve the theatre I love and to work with an amazingly creative team."