Kent resident named executive director of historic theater
KENT — A local man has been named the new executive director of the largest performing arts center in northwestern Connecticut.
Rufus de Rham was recently selected to lead Torrington’s historic Warner Theatre.
The 2002 Kent School graduate and has a bachelor’s degree in cinema studies and a master’s degree in moving image archiving and preservation from New York University.
De Rham is the current executive director of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, a Connecticut Arts Alliance board member, and a recently-elected member of Kent’s Board of Finance.
He previously served as programming operations manager for the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City and as a programmer and senior manager for New York’s Subway Cinema.
The Warner Theatre was built and opened by Warner Brothers Studios as a movie palace in 1931.
Following renovations and expansion, the complex on Torrington’s Main Street now includes a 300-seat studio theatre, school for the arts, 1,772-seat art-deco theater, 7,500-square-foot costume shop and storage facility, as well as two retail establishments.