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For Immediate Release

Arts of the Pamlico Historic Turnage Theatre Installing Executive Director

The Arts of the Pamlico Board of Directors is pleased to announce that effective March 1, 2022, Virginia M. Finnerty will take the helm at the Arts of the Pamlico.

The Historic Turnage Theatre has been abuzz with activities post the pandemic, offering a variety of arts programming for youth and adults.

This buzz has been led by Jeffery Phipps, AOP’s Artistic Director who stepped in to manage the theatre during the search for a director after AOP’s Director of five years, Debra Torrence semi-retired and moved to western NC. Under his leadership, AOP has continued to record its monthly BoCo Town podcasts on stage, launched Mud Mondays and Wine & Design adult pottery & art classes, kicked off a sponsorship drive, installed new fashion and art exhibits, hosted fundraisers and this weekend, will put its first theatre production on stage since March 2020 with Letters of Love. 

Come March 2022, Jeffery will once again put his focus on directing the artistic elements of the theatre, supporting a menu of 50th Anniversary events under his leadership and a digital art project, Tales of the Turnage, funded by the NC Humanities Council. The Board is extremely grateful to Jeffery for keeping the lights of the theatre on and glowing.

Ms. Finnerty has been active in the community since arriving and opening her Bed & Breakfast, the Pamlico House.

She came to the United States from her home country of Honduras in 1974.

Virginia studied Elementary Education in Nebraska and Psychology in Houston, TX.

She served on the City of Washington’s City Council for 6 years, including 4 years as the City’s Mayor Pro Temp.

She was employed at Arts of the Pamlico, managing administrative and event activities from 2013 until 2017.  

Finnerty has been a member of the AOP Board for several years and served as its Chair during the pandemic.

I am thrilled to be assisting AOP take the next steps in supporting access to the arts in this beautiful region of our state. The Turnage Theatre is a historic gem that we all love and cherish. I look forward to continuing to build on the shoulders of so many who have contributed to growing and supporting arts in Beaufort County.”

The Arts of the Pamlico was founded in 1972 as Beaufort County Arts Council. It is the state-designated arts council for Beaufort County.  AOP purchased the Turnage out of foreclosure and has steadily grown arts programming and maintained and restored additional sections of the theatre located at 150 West Main Street, Washington, North Carolina. To learn more visit about the arts council and theatre please visit www.artsofthepamlico.org.  

Support for our nonprofit arts council’s programs is greatly appreciated and can be made by mail or at www.artsofthepamlico.org/support.

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