Pitlochry Festival Theatre has appointed Mark Da Vanzo, previously manager of arts investments at Creative New Zealand, to the new post of deputy chief executive.
The new post has been created with a £52,00 grant from the Scottish Government’s Enterprise Growth Fund. Da Vanzo will take over the day-to-day operational and administrative management of PFT and be responsible for developing new income-generating services.
John Durnin, Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s chief executive and artistic director, said: “Mark joins us as major new developments at the ‘theatre in the hills’ are under consideration. His experience in the commercial and corporate sectors and his business management expertise will have a big impact on our plans.
“Mark will have a large part to play in ensuring that some of our ambitious plans for the future can be delivered, including a large capital development of PFT’s current site, which is currently the subject of a major feasibility study commissioned by Perth and Kinross Council, Scottish Enterprise and Creative Scotland.”
Da Vanzo studied theatre and film at the Victoria University of Wellington. He was TV operations manager for the Walt Disney Company in London and head of business for Arts & Business London, before returning to New Zealand to work at Creative New Zealand, during which time he was private secretary for arts, culture and heritage in the New Zealand parliament.