CAROLINA THEATRE ANNOUNCES SPENCER CONOVER AS NEW DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Greensboro, NC – The historic Carolina Theatre of Greensboro is pleased to announce the addition of Spencer B. Conover as Director of Development for the nonprofit performing arts center. As the head fundraiser, Conover will oversee the Carolina’s annual campaign as well as sponsorships, community engagement, and other special fundraising projects. He brings a wide range of experience in both arts administration and fundraising fields.
Previously, Conover served as the Associate Director of Events & Donor Development at ArtsGreensboro where he was also Manager of the Van Dyke Performance Space. He was integral in the relaunching of ArtsGreensboro’s Renaissance Society for leadership donors and its expansion of online fundraising. As the first manager of the Van Dyke, Conover built the staff, systems, and operations for the start-up performing arts venue, leading all aspects of its presenting and rental businesses. He served as Artist Relations Manager for the inaugural and was an assistant production manager for three years of the National Folk Festival.
“With a well-rounded background in performing arts administration, Spencer Conover brings a holistic approach to building individual and corporate support for the newly renovated Carolina Theatre, and the timing is perfect. We’re excited to add him to our team as we look to build on the success of the Setting the Stage Capital Campaign,” said Brian Gray, Executive Director of the Carolina Theatre.
A native of Greensboro, Conover says the Carolina is one of the places where he first fell in love with the performing arts. “As a kid I got to see Livestock Players’ production of Little Shop of Horrors here, and I was blown away by the show and the beauty of the Theatre—I’ll never forget that night! As the city’s community-focused performing arts center,” Conover adds, “the Carolina has a unique opportunity to act as an incubator and catalyst for the local theatre, film, dance, and live music scenes. I look forward to increasing the community’s involvement with the Theatre and broadening its already significant impact on the local arts and culture industry.”
Conover holds a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where he also worked for several years as Assistant Director of Annual Giving. While employed at his alma mater, he led a team that earned national recognition for its innovative use of video, email, and social media in annual fundraising. He returned to Greensboro in 2014 to enroll in Guilford Technical Community College where he earned an Associate’s of Applied Science in Concert Sound and Lighting.
Conover began his work with the Carolina Theatre in August of this year.
The Carolina Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a state-of-the-art performance, film, and rental facility for the community. The historic and architecturally-significant theatre will complete a summer of renovations and re-open in early October with new auditorium seating, new carpet throughout the building, updated and expanded restrooms, restored plaster and paint, and refreshed backstage dressing rooms. To learn more about supporting the Setting the Stage Capital Campaign, which as of now has raised $1.9 million toward its $2.5 million goal, visit CarolinaTheatre.com/Setting-the-Stage, or to support the Carolina Theatre’s Annual Fund, visit CarolinaTheatre.com/donations.
Presenting Arts, Preserving History.
Major financial support for the Carolina Theatre provided by ArtsGreensboro.
Spencer Conover’s photo attached. Credit: Lynn Donovan