MOUNT VERNON — New Memorial Building Facilities Manager Megan Evans has an ample amount of theatrical production and event planning experience, which should make her ideal for the job, said Sara Lynn Kerr, who is stepping down as the building’s executive director at the end of the month.
Evans, who starts her new job in early January, engaged in job shadowing opportunity with Kerr this week and will continue to do so for the next few weeks. She is receiving a first-hand view of how the Food For The Hungry drive is coordinated which will take over the Memorial Theater today. Kerr and her small staff are responsible for running the new lights and sound system for the event. Evans is also helping Kerr prepare for The Winter Sanctuary Homeless Shelter Board’s presentation of “A Christmas Carol.”
Like Kerr, one of Evans’ main responsibilities will be booking events — and always be on the lookout for new ones.
As a volunteer with MTVarts for more than a decade, Evans became one of the go-to production team members as her special areas of emphasis have been props design and costume making. Her beginnings at MTVarts came in 2008 with the “Peter Plan” production.
“I actually played a grownup Wendy,” Evans remembered. In addition Evans is an accomplished actress, having played the Wicked Witch of the West in this past summer’s Memorial Theater musical, “The Wizard of Oz.”
Evans also works as a reservation specialist at Ariel-Foundation Park. Her duties there have involved coordinating events at the park’s Schnormeier Event Center, such as weddings and graduation parties. A native of Westerville, Evans has lived in Mount Vernon the past six years, and Kerr said her background along with knowledge of the Knox County arts scene works heavily in her favor.
After nearly four years running Memorial building events and operations, Kerr is leaving to concentrate her time on her own printing business. She has owned her own business for more than 20 years.
“I was thrilled to know who the new hire is,” Kerr said. “Megan’s credentials are very strong. I think she knows the local scene and where she’s going with everything.”
Other of Evans’s skills that will come in handy at the Memorial Building — where events occur on every floor, including Veterans Hall, the lower-level dining area, and the upper-floor ballroom — include graphic design, marketing and social media. She has helped MTVarts get the word out about numerous shows it has produced. And, in having a connection with MTVarts as a long-standing volunteer, that will be quite useful, Kerr noted, as MTVarts was named earlier this year to be the Memorial Theater’s resident theatrical company.
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