Behind the State Theatre

At the State Theatre you will find riveting performances, classic films, and local artists’ work proudly displayed upon the walls, but if you look past the mahogany walls and film noir movie posters, you’ll find Karen Gregg. Karen has found a home at the State Theatre which is located on 130 College Avenue. Originally from Rochester, this New York native has found a new home at the State Theatre in just eighteen months. However, working as the assistant director is not as easy as it sounds.

“I wear many hats, so I am in charge of HR, I’m in charge of the rentals I’m…another part of the duties assigned is putting out fires and doing a lot of miscellaneous things,” Karen said.

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Among the brightly colored lights that illuminate the exterior of the theatre, Karen can be found in her office and various locations of the theatre, keeping everything in order and she keeps herself relatively busy throughout the week and most weekends. When Karen is not putting out fires for her co-workers at the theatre, she can be found with her two loving daughters, 13 and 20 years of age.

“My daughter will tell you that i collect pets, I have 26 of them,” a giddy Karen said.

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Karen has always had a heart for animals and enjoys making a home for them. When Karen finds free time, she founds solitude in a unique hobby, which is making and selling stained glass. Her favorite pieces to make are panels, walls, and doors that feature flowers, such as lilies.

Karen’s favorite part of the job is working with such friendly people and getting to know them better over time. Karen also enjoys the city of State College and the strong history that the State Theatre is known for. Karen is passionate about the arts and loves the feeling she gets from working in a theatre.

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