Arty facts: Experienced theater organizer Becky Smith to head Cynthiana company

July 5, 2014 



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Experienced theater organizer to head Cynthiana company

Becky Smith, who was part of the creation of several Lexington theater groups, has been named director of the Rohs Theatre Company in Cynthiana.

Part of the intent for the troupe is to aid in raising awareness of and funds for the restoration efforts at Cynthiana's Rohs Opera House. The company was loosely formed in 2007 and has presented a number of productions. Last spring, Smith directed a production of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Cynthiana Opera House.

In Lexington, Smith helped organize the Junkyard Players, a precursor to Actors Guild of Lexington; the now-closed Phoenix Group Theatre; and Shakespeare in the Park, which after several incarnations is now ostensibly SummerFest.

The announcement of Smith's appointment included the announcement of a spring 2015 production of Romeo and Juliet by the company, with auditions in December. For more information contact the Rohs at (859) 234-9803 or

Cincy Shakespeare company receives grant

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has been selected as one of 40 theater companies in the United States to receive a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as a participant in the acclaimed Shakespeare in American Communities program.

The 12-year-old program introduces middle and high school students to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare. Each of the participating theater companies will present productions of Shakespearean plays to students from at least 10 schools. Accompanying educational activities include in-school residencies, workshops, and post-performance discussions.

Cincinnati Shakespeare will welcome about 1,200 students from 10 different schools to four educational matinee productions of William Shakespeare's Henry V and at least 16 evening performances for the general public in May 2015. The company, directed by Nicholasville native Brian Phillips, has also designed "Shakespearience" workshops and artist-in-residence options as well as educational activities before and after the student matinee performances of Henry V.

UK grad rises fast in TV industry

Elizabethtown native and University of Kentucky graduate Donald Clyde Storm II was appointed last month to the top financial spot at television's E! and Esquire Networks by NBCUniversal. At just 32, Storm is the youngest to ever hold the title of chief financial officer for the company.

"I'm where I thought I would be, but just here a lot sooner than I thought I would be," he told the News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown.

Already working in the new position, Storm heads the financial oversight and operations for the networks.

The new job required Storm to move from the East Coast to Los Angeles. Previously, Storm was vice president of financial planning and analysis for NBCUniversal in New York.

Having moved away from Kentucky right after college, Storm admitted he does get more homesick the older he gets.

"I miss it every day," he said. "I try to come home as much as I can."

Storm has bachelor's degrees in accounting and finance from UK.

"I'm proud to be the youngest CFO at NBCUniversal," he said. "I'm also proud to be representing the state of Kentucky and Elizabethtown."

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