Celebrate 150 years of The Grand making history!
Pamelyn Manocchio – The Grand’s Plans to Celebrate 150 Years
Pamelyn Manocchio has worked at The Grand Opera House for 15 years, serving as Director of Development, Director of Community Engagement since 2009, and now Managing Director. She currently serves on the board of Delaware Arts Alliance and as President of the Arts Consortium of Delaware (ArtCo).
David Young – Thomas Dixon: Architect of the Grand Opera for Wilmington and Beyond
Dr. David Young is the Executive Director of the Delaware Historical Society and the author of The Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America, winner of the 2020 Philip S. Klein Book Prize from the Pennsylvania Historical Association.
Bob Stoddard – “The Strategy for Saving the Grand Opera House”
Robert D. Stoddard, Jr. then with Greater Wilmington Development Council organized the December 22, 1971, Centennial Grand Gala that became a statewide effort to save the Grand Opera House, then a badly neglected movie theater. As staff to Grand Opera House, Inc. he led all phases of the restoration until The Grand’s reopening for nation’s bicentennial in July 1976 as Delaware’s Center for the Performing Arts. He wrote The Grand Strategy: The Scenario for Saving the Grand Opera House, Wilmington, Delaware published by Preservation Press in 1978 and now reprinted by The Grand for its sesquicentennial.
Maya Levine – Refreshing the History Hallway: New Findings at a Historic Opera House
Maya Levine is a senior at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, where she is a technical theatre major. Maya was a 2021 Harry N. Baetjer III Junior Fellow at the Delaware Historical Society, where her project focused on the History Hallway at the Grand Opera House.
Benjamin Cannon – Reflections on the Grand Opera’s Role in Delaware’s Culture
by an African American Citizen of the Arts
Benjamin Sterling Cannon is former Helene Antonova Scholarship student of Wilmington’s Academy of the Dance, founded by Madame Antonova and James Jamieson in 1956. He is currently the Executive & Artistic Director of Wilmington Ballet / Academy of the Dance.
Program is Free. Registration Required. No walk-ins accepted. Space is limited to the first 50 registrants.
Program will be livestreamed via YouTube.
DHS COVID safety procedures will be followed. Masks are required. Be prepared to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the event.