Hawaii Theatre’s Richards to retire

Jan. 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / honolulupulse@staradvertiser.com

Hawaii Theatre Center president Sarah M. Richards has announced plans to retire after 24 years of service that included overseeing restoration of the historic venue.

Hawaii Theatre Center president Sarah M. Richards. (Courtesy photo)

Hawaii Theatre Center president Sarah M. Richards. (Courtesy photo)

In a release issued today, Jan. 22, officials said Richard plans to remain the center’s president until the HTC board of directors select a replacement.

During her term, the center was given the 2005 Outstanding Historic Theatre of America award by the national League of Historic American Theatres, the 2006 National Preservation Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the 2006 Torch Award for Business Ethics by the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii. The latter award was the first given to a nonprofit organization.

“I am honored to have been part of this important community treasure for the past 25 years, and I’m proud of what our organization has accomplished in that time, transforming what could have become a parking lot into an award-winning performance venue,” Richards said in the release.

Richards became the first staff member of the the newly formed Hawaii Theatre Center in 1989. Prior to that, she served as director of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts for nine years and dean of Chaminade University for 10 years. She was also on the national board for the League of Historic American Theatres, on the board of the National Assembly of the State Arts Agencies, on the executive committee of the Western States Arts Federation, was Pan Pacific director for the Metropolitan Opera National Council and is past president of Hawaii Opera Theatre and Hawaii Planned Giving Council.

Richards continues to serve on the boards for Hawaii Opera Theatre and the Hawaii Association of Non-Profit Associations.

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