Greetings from Heather Shields, APAC’s Interim Executive Director
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

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Greetings from Heather Shields, APAC’s Interim Executive Director

In this week’s blog, Heather Shields, APAC’s new Interim Executive Director shares her history with and excitement about working with APAC. Welcome Heather!_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Within moments of setting foot off of the N train for a friend’s Kentucky Derby party back in 2008, I was plotting my move to Astoria. Well, at least as soon as I realized that 34th Street was much different than 34th Avenue. Sure, my first experience in Astoria may not have been unique, but my love of the area runs deep.

I first became truly acquainted with the organization when I was working with former Artistic Director Tom Wojtunik. His palpable excitement for the organization made me investigate further and within a few months, I realized that I had many connections to the company. Between cast and crew alumni, my school experiences and connection to former Executive Director Erin Moore, and my run-ins with Dev Bondarin…APAC was full on a Baader-Meinhof of theatre organizations for me!

I finally got a chance to work in an official capacity with APAC as the line producer this past fall for the stunning and heart wrenching In The Bones. And after meeting in an official capacity with the brilliant and inspiring Dev about her vision for the organization’s future and more specifically about the at the time unannounced Merrily We Roll Along, I knew the choice to join APAC’s staff was simple. Now, a few weeks into the job, I am so grateful to Dev and Annie, the entire staff and Board, and the committed alumni…it is so great to be so warmly welcomed into the fold.

But now the real work begins in earnest. Apart from producing a musical this spring that has generated so much excitement that people have started to purchase tickets even before we have announced a cast [buy yours here…. ], we have our annual Gala less than a month away [buy THOSE tickets here], our Summer Stars and Senior Stars programs, a second Playmaking session at the end of the month, and much, much more.

I am honored to be working with and for some of the best artists and creative minds in the business, in the best neighborhood in town.

Let’s get to work!

Heather Shields
APAC’s Interim Executive Director

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