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The Board of Directors of the Lark Theater announces the appointment of Ellie Mednick as Interim Managing Director for the Lark Theater. She will help bridge the gap created by the untimely death of the Lark's outstanding Executive Director and Founder Bernice Baeza, who recently passed away from lung cancer, and will help in the search for a new Executive Director.
Mednick, a well-known presence in the Marin arts community, has an extensive background in arts administration including successful executive positions at Marin Symphony and Marin Theatre Company. As an independent producer (Ellie Mednick Presents) she worked closely with Baeza to produce the series On Stage at the Lark, now in its fourth year.
“I am thrilled and honored by this appointment, and very excited and challenged to learn the operation of the Lark, while maintaining the excellent high standards and vision created by Bernice," Mednick stated. "I will work closely with a dedicated Board of Directors and an accomplished staff, headed by Zuleyka Mora. The search for a new Executive Director will begin once we have a clear picture of what is needed to fulfill the growing needs of this amazing community gem! I look forward to greeting and interacting with the Lark’s thousands of enthusiastic patrons.”
The Lark Theater is a non-profit, single screen, state-of-the-art community film and cultural center presenting quality films and a wide range of special programming. Built in 1936, the theater was saved from extinction in 2004 when Bernice Baeza, Heidi Hillenbrand and a group of volunteers restored the theater’s interior, winning a Preservation Award from the Art Deco Society of California. In 2007, donations from more than 800 individuals helped provide permanent ownership. The Lark has an extensive following of patrons from neighboring communities, Marin County and the entire Bay Area, who value its small town appeal and sophisticated programming.