The Grand Opera House has a new executive director.
Veteran performing arts administrator Roseann Swiergosz will be leading the performing arts center of Mercer University effective Feb. 3.
Most recently, Swiergosz served as executive director of the Bologna Performing Arts Center in Mississippi. She has more than 15 years of experience in the programming, marketing and operation of performing arts centers like The Grand Opera House, according to a statement from the university.
From 2001 to 2010 Swiergosz served as director of marketing and development, associate director and then director of The Valentine Theatre, a 900-seat historic performing arts center in downtown Toledo, Ohio.
Before joining The Valentine in 2001, Swiergosz (pronounced SWEER-gus) served for four years as director of marketing and public relations for the Franciscan Theatre and Conference Center at Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio. She holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Toledo and has completed postgraduate studies at UCLA, Carnegie Mellon and Bowling Green State University.
At both the Bologna and The Valentine, Swiergosz managed a wide range of events and programs, including symphony, opera and ballet performances, concerts, plays and major touring productions like those featured in The Grands Butler Lexus Broadway Series. She also has experience planning and managing arts education initiatives for all ages.
The Grands box office and rental coordinator Philip Banze, who has served as interim executive director since May, will continue to have a significant management role at the theater.