The construction of the copper-sided, 185-seat theater and multipurpose venue will no longer be giving commuters delays as it is set to open later this spring. Shepherd University is proud to call the new building the Stanley C. and Shirley A. Marinoff Theater.
The $13.5 million facility will include a theater, a sculpture studio, costume and scenery shops, graphic design studios, a rehearsal and small performance room and a small art gallery. It will also have outdoor patios.
President Shipley stated in a press release that “the Stanley C. and Shirley A. Marinoff Theater is the centerpiece of Shepherd’s newest academic and creative arts venue.”
For the past 22 years, the Contemporary American Theater Festival has been hosted in Shepherdstown, W.Va. There has always been a member of the Marinoff family on the CATF board.
Dr. Stanley Marinoff said, “This organization and this university are the pillars for the continued vibrancy of Shepherdstown.”
Local resident and Shepherd alumna Denise Bridgeman spoke about her experience with the CATF.
Brideman said, “During the entire month of July, Shepherdstown is packed with great things to do, and CATF is partly the reason why. This event brings so many new people into town, and while they are here, they support all of the local businesses. It’s great.”
Marinoff made an announcement with the CATF board and spoke about the value and impact the arts have in the lives of local residents and Shepherd students. The recent legacy gift he made to the Shepherd University Foundation will be used for the long-term support of CATF’s programming and education initiatives.
Marinoff said, “It will ensure that future students, artists and audiences will be impacted by this gift for years and years to come. It is a long-term pact that will serve the organization and community in perpetuity.”