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Victoria Theatre Association Names Ty Sutton New President And CEO

The Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton turns 150 this year.
Victoria Theatre Association
The Victoria Theatre Association oversees a host of local arts programs and venues including the Victoria Theatre.

The Victoria Theatre Association has a new president and CEO. The Victoria Theatre board of trustees announced Ty Sutton will replace retiring president and CEO Ken Neufeld.

Ty Sutton comes to the Victoria after three years as executive director of the Butler Arts Center at Butler University.

Ty Sutton: My philosophy has always been that the arts bring people together. I am very impressed with the level of commitment and financial support the Dayton community has given the Dayton arts scene, especially in embracing Victoria Theatre Association
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Victoria officials cite Sutton’s “20 years of arts venue management experience”  and his extensive fundraising, marketing and programming knowledge as factors in his selection.

Sutton was chosen after a six-month international search. He is expected to begin in his new position with the theatre association August 13, 2018.

In a statement Wednesday outgoing Victoria Theatre association president Ken Neufeld said he’s “pleased with the selection” of Sutton. He says he’s enjoyed his tenure in Dayton and believes the association remains in “good hands for the future.”

The Victoria Theatre Association oversees a host of local arts programs and venues, including the Victoria Theatre, the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, and the Metropolitan Arts Center.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.