Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Shakespeare Fest hires manager to oversee expansion
Arts » Zachary Murray will oversee expansion and the financial vitality of the event.
First Published May 23 2014 12:43 pm • Last Updated May 23 2014 09:55 pm

The Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City will begin construction on a $35 million art center project in June.

And with that sum of money flowing into and out of the coffers, festival officials have hired an experienced accountant, Zachary Murray, as general manager.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"It’s a bit of a new position," festival executive director R. Scott Phillips said Friday. "We had a business and finance director but we have enlarged the scope of that position so it includes more direct responsibility over things such as contracting. As we move forward with our arts complex, that is something I could no longer do on my own. And the board recognized that."

Murray most recently worked in Southern Utah University’s controller’s office as the plant and auxiliary accountant, preparing financial reports, helping with budget projections and providing support to multiple campus departments.

As general manager, he will serve in a senior leadership role, working with Phillips and artistic directors David Ivers and Brian Vaughn.

His first priority, said Phillips, will be to "make sure we stay in a good financial situation and to protect the financial assets of the Utah Shakespeare Festival."

Today, the festival’s future looks bright as it begins construction of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. Plans include a new Shakespeare theater, a studio theater, the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) and a much-needed artistic and production facility.

A $6 million donation from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, several other major gifts and state and local tax dollars have been combined to cover the costs of the project, which is expected to open in spring 2016.

Murray received his bachelor’s degree as well as dual master’s degrees in business administration and accounting from SUU. And he previously worked in SUU’s Student Services Division.

"It’s important to work for an organization where you believe in the mission, and the festival brings a lot of educational awareness and artistic value to the community, region and thousands of stakeholders," Murray said. "Accounting is the art of examining what an organization looks like financially, and I can’t wait to provide timely, efficient and useful reports, policies and procedures that will help improve the financial health and longevity of the festival."


story continues below
story continues below



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.