Proctors, Schenectady, NY
Philip Morris is the CEO of Proctors, the performing arts center of the Capital Region located in Schenectady, NY, and of downtown Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre (theREP), a professional, not-for-profit theater which is the regions only member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), and Universal Preservation Hall (UPH) in Saratoga Springs.
Previously, Mr. Morris served for 25 years as the Executive Director of the Arts Council for Chautauqua County. There, he established The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum and Festival of New Comedy, created The Robert H. Jackson Center for Justice, renovated a 1,300-seat theater and a dozen other properties in downtown Jamestown, NY for new cultural uses ranging from a student jazz sound stage to live-work spaces for artists.
Mr. Morris became the CEO of Proctors in 2002 and continued his focus on cultivating both the arts and the community. During his tenure Proctors has raised and invested nearly $50 million to expand its stage, increase public spaces, create conference facilities, and add the GE Theatre, a 430-seat multi-purpose ‘black box’ theatre. A central heating & chilling plant was also built, which serves a dozen neighboring buildings and businesses while simultaneously creating a snowmelt system under the sidewalks around Proctors’ block thereby helping all the buildings save money and substantially reducing their carbon footprint. Recently, Proctors added a third-floor renovation, the Addy, with an 80-seat training theater and video and orchestral education facilities.
Proctors has been pivotal to downtown Schenectady’s redevelopment and is now open nearly every day of the year with music, theatre, dance, films, conventions & meetings, community activities, a winter green market, and major Broadway touring shows. The educational programs at Proctors and theREP touch over 75,000 young people a year with programs in schools, in the theatres, and through a robust summer school. With a comprehensive vision to impact the region’s education, economic development, and civic engagement Proctors, theREP and UPH are at the cutting edge of the intersection of the arts and public life.