The Byrd Theatre Foundation Announces Benjamin C. Cronly as New Executive Director

Benjamin C. Cronly has been selected as The Byrd Theatre’s new Executive Director.

Richmond, VA – March 9, 2023: Becky Dixon, General Manager and CFO of The Byrd Theatre Foundation announces the Board’s selection of Benjamin C. Cronly to serve as its new Executive Director, effective March 4, 2023. Cronly previously served as a Board Member, Treasurer and staff member for the nonprofit organization since 2018.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the dedication and work that Ben has demonstrated throughout his time here at The Byrd Theatre Foundation, and it is an honor to serve under his leadership,” Dixon said.

Cronly earned his BS degree in Applied Mathematics from Hampden-Sydney College and previously worked for companies providing financial advisors and insurance. He has also given volunteer time to the Richmond Christmas Gala Board, St Andrew’s School and The Byrd Theatre Foundation in Richmond, VA. Cronly replaces former Executive Director Stacy Shaw who served from June 2020 to March 2023.

The Byrd Theatre opened its 1,200-seat venue on Christmas Eve 1928. Individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and noted as a State and National Historic landmark, it is one of the nation’s finest cinema treasures.

The Byrd Theatre Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation was formed in 2001 with the express purpose of purchasing, restoring and preserving The Byrd Theatre as a vital community resource, while integrating cultural, educational and community events into the Theatre’s programming.

For more information, contact Benjamin Cronly, Executive Director of The Byrd Theatre Foundation at [email protected] or 804-358-3056 Ext. 1007.