IBMA’s Dan Hays Moves to Head Up the Franklin Theatre.

Image634599632385610940The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County  Tennessee this morning announced that Dan Hays, Executive Director since 1990 of the International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville, is to become the new Director for the Franklin Theatre.

Heritage Foundation President Cyril Stewart said in a press release that the four-month executive search process was purposely intensive. “We owed it to our community to be very deliberate about finding the right person to lead the Franklin Theatre,” Stewart said. “We feel strongly that Dan Hays is the ideal choice and the theatre will build on its already phenomenal trajectory under his leadership.”

Hays succeeds Leiper’s Fork businessman Aubrey Preston, who served in a caretaker role during the latter phases of reconstruction and the initial reopening of the 1937 theater after the departure of the original director, Stephen Griel, former head of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

“Dan has tremendous nonprofit management experience and a wealth of contacts in the music industry," said Mary Pearce, executive director of the Heritage Foundation, in the announcement.

The Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3, 2011 following an $8 million renovation. Since its re-opening, The Franklin Theatre has hosted a diverse, world-class musical lineup including Sheryl Crow, Michael McDonald, The Judds, Keb' Mo', Sam Bush--with much more on the horizon--and has sold out every show in its concert series, Franklin Theatre Live.

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