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Former Ruth Eckerd Hall Leader Dies

Zev Buffman was a Broadway producer before taking the lead at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fla. (Pedro Castellano) Zev Buffman announced retirement as president/CEO in 2018 Former Ruth Eckerd Hall President and CEO Zev Buffman has died, the Clearwater, Fla., theater and nonprofit announced Friday. Buffman was 89 and died of natural causes Wednesday in Seattle. He joined Ruth Eckerd Hall in 2011, overseeing a $10 million renovation of the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater and the initial planning and fundraising for the $11 renovation of Ruth Eckerd Hall. Buffman also advocated for increasing arts education outreach in the community and the professional development of young artists. Buffman first made his name as a producer on Broadway, where he was nominated for multiple Tony Awards. He was responsible for the theatrical debut of Elizabeth Taylor in “The Little Foxes” and the first Broadway run of “Joseph and […]

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Glover leaving Ruth Eckerd Hall

Lori Glover. (Courtesy Ruth Eckerd Hall) Lori Glover will leave her position as chief financial officer and vice president of finance for Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fla., at the end of the year. Glover joined the venue in October 2012 as CFO. In 2014, she added VP of finance to her title. During her tenure, Glover oversaw the finances during the multiphase $19 million renovation project that included a new grand lobby with a six-lane grand entry, a new ticketing area and new live music locations. Before joining Ruth Eckerd Hall, Glover was CFO for the South County Family YMCA.    

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Crockett Takes Reins at Ruth Eckerd Hall

She’s been acting president/CEO since Zev Buffman stepped down last year Susan Crockett has been promoted to president and CEO of Clearwater, Fla.’s Ruth Eckerd Hall. Crockett had been serving as acting president and CEO since October and began her tenure June 1. Crockett has held numerous roles at Ruth Eckerd Hall for the last 30 years, including house manager, arts education project manager, business analyst, director of ticketing, chief information officer and finally chief operating officer before being named acting president and CEO when Zev Buffman stepped down last year. In addition to the 2,200-seat main venue, Crockett will also oversee the 800-seat Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, located in downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District. READ ON: See how the last year has been for Ruth Eckerd Hall and other Florida venues      

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Florida: The Circuit

The heat was palpable for the 2018 Electric Daisy Carnival at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. (Calder Wilson / Insomniac Events) Sweet spots in the Sunshine State during a big year at the gate Amalie Arena, Tampa Kevin Preast, senior vice president of entertainment marketing How did you do last year? Great. It was one of our best years ever since opening the venue. We had a really diverse mix of events that were well attended. We were slightly down from 2018 — but that was our best year on record.  Big shows Smashing Pumpkins, Panic at the Disco!, Def Leppard, Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, Barry Manilow, Winter Jam, Fleetwood Mac and Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal.” Changes We installed a new taco stand, we added to our Corona Cantina and we’re getting ready to revamp our concessions (with concessionaire Delaware North) and open up the concourse to incorporate […]

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