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The Grand Opera House receives grant from Georgia Council for the Arts for Macon Art eXplosion 1200 600 Julia Rubens

The Grand Opera House receives grant from Georgia Council for the Arts for Macon Art eXplosion

Media Contact: Julia Rubens rubens_ja@mercer.edu 478-301-2933 ATLANTA – The Grand Opera House was awarded a grant by Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a strategic arm of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, as part of its initial disbursement of grants for fiscal year 2023. A total of 213 organizations were awarded 253 grants that…

After Three Years, Broadway is Back at The Grand for New Subscription Season 5000 3333 Julia Rubens

After Three Years, Broadway is Back at The Grand for New Subscription Season

After a disruption in touring productions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first Broadway season will be held at The Grand Opera House with tickets on sale now for a subscription to all three shows. All Broadway shows have two nights of performances, so you can pick a subscription for Night #1 or Night #2.…

Frank Wood Named Executive Director of The Grand Opera House 960 720 Julia Rubens

Frank Wood Named Executive Director of The Grand Opera House

July 29, 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Julia Rubens, rubens_ja@mercer.edu or 478-301-2933 MACON — Veteran arts administrator and Mercer University alumnus Dr. Frank E. Wood has been named executive director of Macon’s historic Grand Opera House, effective Oct. 17. He succeeds Joe Patti, who resigned in May to pursue other professional opportunities. Dr. Wood,…

A Grand Retrospective: Joe’s Take and “The Secret” 6000 4000 Joe Patti

A Grand Retrospective: Joe’s Take and “The Secret”

Pictured is Joe (left) with Macon Film Festival volunteers shortly after re-opening The Grand after COVID-19 closures in 2020. Joe Patti has served as the executive director of The Grand Opera House since 2018. He will be leaving The Grand on June 30th for new endeavors. This blog is his reflection on some of his…

A Grand Retrospective: Macon Art eXplosion 3333 2500 Julia Rubens

A Grand Retrospective: Macon Art eXplosion

In anticipation of announcing our new season, we’re doing a look back at some of our favorite events over the past season. Come back to The Grand’s website and social channels on July 15th to hear why “The Grand is a place for me” for 2022-2023! The first annual Macon Art eXplosion (MAX) was, appropriately,…

Faces at The Grand: Leah Duval 599 599 Julia Rubens

Faces at The Grand: Leah Duval

The Grand is an active part of the community in Macon and as a part of Mercer University. We often take on college students as interns and student workers, showing them the ropes at our historic home. Over the summer, we have Leah Duval coming on as a marketing guru intern. Here’s more about Leah:…

Original Interactive Play about Pleasant Hill History and Future to Premiere at The Grand This Saturday 1781 1416 Julia Rubens

Original Interactive Play about Pleasant Hill History and Future to Premiere at The Grand This Saturday

A year-long process of participatory research and interviews will culminate in the first presentation of an original play about Macon’s historic Pleasant Hill neighborhood and the impacts of blight on Saturday, April 23 at The Grand Opera House, with 2:30 and 7:30 PM showtimes. Healing a Haunted House will take audiences on an interactive journey…

What’s an Experience Like Here? GRAND Memories, History, and Entertainment 1000 567 Julia Rubens

What’s an Experience Like Here? GRAND Memories, History, and Entertainment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIv8NIMya6Q This semester, our Arts Marketing intern, Lidya Dereje, captured what it was like to attend one of our shows. From the beautiful details everywhere in the architecture to the seamless hospitality in our front of house to the smiles and clapping with spectacular entertainment, check out what it’s like to see a show at…

22 Things We’re Looking Forward to in 2022 1440 1689 Julia Rubens

22 Things We’re Looking Forward to in 2022

January is a month of beginnings, and The Grand is excited to keep opening our doors wider to Central Georgia’s community in 2022. It hasn’t been easy to be a performing arts venue in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic and we can always use your support. But we are proud to say that we’re…

Meet Chas Pridgen: Your New Patron Services and Rentals Director 4032 3024 Julia Rubens

Meet Chas Pridgen: Your New Patron Services and Rentals Director

Chas Pridgen will now be working directly with patrons and ticketing clients as The Grand’s Director of Patron Services and Rentals. A native of Broxton, GA, he graduated from Mercer University studying journalism and theatre and as a talented vocalist, has even sung on The Grand stage before during our Cabaret Concert Series and Bite-Sized…