The Quick Center for the Arts Welcomes Two New Staff Members

The Quick Center for the Arts Welcomes Two New Staff Members

Lori N. Jones,, 203-254-4000 x2975

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (August 16, 2017) — Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is delighted to open its 2017-18 season with a dazzling array of cultural offerings and a dynamic, expanded team in place to make it happen. Two new additions to the Quick Center’s professional team include Marni Smith Katz as manager of business development and Melissa Matuska as sales and events manager.

Executive Director Peter Van Heerden invites patrons to visit the Quick to experience compelling drama, dance, and music, and meet the new team members. “This year’s season is unparalleled in the Quick’s history of presenting innovative performances that you will not find anywhere else in Connecticut,” said Van Heerden. “Now, with a full complement of staff on board, the Quick is poised to move to the next level of artistic presentation.”

Marni Smith Katz joins the Quick Center as manager of business development with the goal of building the Quick’s relationships with individuals , corporations, and foundations throughout Fairfield County.

Van Heerden highlights that, “Marni’s experience as a nonprofit advancement and foundation professional will help to strengthen the Quick’s relationships with longtime friends and bring new friends to the theatre.” Most recently, Smith Katz served in an operations role at the Dalio Foundation in Westport. Prior to that, Smith Katz was development director for the Westport Arts Center, which she joined after eleven years in educational advancement at Ezra Academy in Woodbridge.

Smith Katz, who began her career as an attorney at Green And Gross, P.C. in Bridgeport, is excited to return to her passion for developing relationships to support the arts and education. She is reachable at or 203-254-400 ext. 2980.

Melissa Matuska joins the Quick Center team as the new sales and events manager.

“Melissa brings a wealth of experience in events management from her recent position at Jay Z’s 40/40 Club in New York City, and a strong background in volunteer management from her work in alumni relations at Long Island University and the University of Arkansas,” said Van Heerden.

Matuska looks forward to serving the Quick community and is reachable to discuss renting the Quick Center and/or volunteer opportunities , at or 203-254-4000 ext. 2979.

For information about the Quick’s performances and programs, please visit or call the Box Office at 203-254-4010 or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. Events take place at the Quick Center unless otherwise noted.

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Fairfield University is a modern Jesuit Catholic university rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from the U.S. and across the globe are pursuing degrees in the University’s five schools. Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values. The University is located on a stunning 200 acre campus on the scenic Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

Posted On: 08-16-2017 11:08 AM

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