Vice-Chair - Molly Fortune

Molly Fortune

Executive Director
Newberry Opera House
Newberry, SC

Molly Fortune became the Executive Director of the Newberry Opera House in South Carolina in September 2015.

Prior to moving relocating to Newberry, Molly served as the Director of Restoration & Operations for the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia until April 2015. A fiercely protected National Landmark and nationally acclaimed theatre, the Fox is a multi-purpose performing arts venue which hosts over 450 events and has more than 780,000 patrons per year. During her tenure at the Fox, Molly was influential in the development and implementation of new strategic initiatives such as the Fox Theatre Institute, an outreach and consulting division for which she served as Restoration Consultant. However, her main focus was on the one and only in-house restoration department of a theatre anywhere in the country. She was with the Fox's Restoration Department in 2001.

Projects completed under her tenure as the Restoration Director of the Fox included: carpet re-weaving, handrail installation, ceiling restoration, Landmarks Lounge creation, historic finishes documentation, furniture appraisal, lighting appraisals, organ restoration; lighting restoration and improvements, exterior lighting, boiler and air wash restoration to name just a few. The Restoration Department spends over $1 million in capital improvements each year.

Molly received her BFA in Interior Design from Converse College. studied architecture at the University of Kansas, and received an MFA Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

In addition to her active involvement with LHAT, she is on the Board of Advisors for the Savannah College of Art and Design as well as Converse College. She is also active as a mentor and peer reviewer for several professional Preservation and Museum oriented organizations and publications.

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