ARTfactory Names New Executive Director

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Talya Conroy

The Virginia ARTfactory names Talya Rebecca Conroy as the new Executive Director.Conroy recently served as Vice President at United Bank. She will take over management of the ARTfactory July 1, after 17 years in community banking and finance. She is heavily involved in the community, having served as President of the Manassas Park Education Foundation as well as Chairman Elect with Project Mend A House. In 2019 she was nominated as Volunteer of the Year from the Inter Service Club Council. Conroy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Theatre and Dance and History from the University of Mary Washington.Dr. James Carr, President of the Board of Directors, shared his excitement about the announcement: “Talya is a very gifted individual. She’s always looking out for what we can do to provide the very best for the community. We’re looking forward to her creativity and leadership in the coming days.”“I am incredibly passionate about the arts and have been from a young age,” said Conroy. “Performing, viewing, creating, and experiencing the arts is incredibly powerful. I am excited to take on the task of this new role and combine my skills of the corporate sector with my love for promoting the arts within my community. After moving to the United States, my first exposure to the arts in Manassas was at the ARTfactory performing in Pied Piper productions and I am incredibly honored to be back in this new capacity.”Conroy will succeed Beverly Hess, who has recently joined Carridice Wealth Advisors as Operations Director. “The Board of Directors of The ARTfactory is thankful to Beverly and all she has done to help The ARTfactory grow and thrive in our community,” added Dr. Carr.Soon after Conroy takes the reins at The ARTfactory, she will take the stage in Rooftop Production’s, “Sweet Delilah Swim Club” from July 15 to 22 in the Kellar Family Theatre. For more information about this production and other upcoming shows at The ARTfactory, visit virginiaartfactory.org/tickets/ .The ARTfactory was originally founded in 1984 as the Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas. In 2002, the organization relocated to the Hopkins Candy Factory building in the heart of Old Town Manassas. The ARTfactory is home to The Caton Merchant Family Art Gallery, Pied Piper Theatre, Rooftop Productions, and The Past Prime Time Players. They offer classes in theatre, painting, dance, photography, and more. The ARTfactory is located at 9419 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas.

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