The Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord named Salvatore Prizio as its new executive director following a months-long national search. His start date is November 29 and Prizio will oversee both the staff and board of trustees on all aspects of administration, programming and outreach for both the 1,300 seat Chubb Theatre and the new Bank of NH Stage.
In making the formal announcement, Capitol Center Board Chair Ron Reed said, “Sal brings a wealth of programmatic and administrative expertise with him. Sal immediately saw the potential to help move the Capitol Center to a new level of community engagement and programming and expand our reach beyond the physical walls of our venues. He is looking forward to being an active member of the Concord community and relocating here with his family.”
Prizio previously worked at Proctors Theatre Collaborative in Schenectady, NY, where he has been programming manager and event producer since 2016. While there, Prizio was responsible for artistic programming for Proctors’ multiple venues including the 2,680 seat mainstage, as well as smaller and midsize venues, and for the Rivers Casino.
Among Prizio's programming achievements are the creation of the “Eddies,” a music awards show, and “Capital Records Live,” which featured local artists performing classic albums live, and the Capital Region Comicon. During the pandemic, Prizio oversaw the development of and curated content for a new regional 24-hour arts and educational network.
“I am delighted to be joining the team at the Capitol Center for the Arts as we begin the next chapter of this wonderful organization’s story. As we emerge from the pandemic, brighter days are ahead for the Capitol Center and the City of Concord. My family and I are excited to become a part of the community, as well as getting to know everyone and contributing to the cultural vitality of the region.”
Angie Lane, executive director of Red River Theaters in Concord and a member of the search committee said, “Sal is a dynamic, collaborative leader and his energy and enthusiasm are contagious. His depth of experience, creativity and advocacy for the arts will have a far-reaching impact beyond the immediate community. The Capitol Center for the Arts is a vital part of NH’s vibrant arts ecosystem and with Sal at the helm it is surely positioned to thrive. “
Reed also expressed his thanks for the work and leadership of interim executive director Joe Gleason in particular, and the entire CCA staff for all they did to sustain the theatre through the pandemic.