KNOXVILLE -- The Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation has appointed Tom Cervone as executive director of the Tennessee Theatre.
Cervone is currently the managing director of the Clarence Brown Theatre where he was the principal administrator. He managed the academic and production aspects of the theatre and kept the theatre moving towards its operational, fiscal, artistic and philosophical goals.
"More than 20 years of managing the Clarence Brown Theatre has totally prepared me for this next step," Cervone said. "This is what I've been working for all my life, to lead an organization with the kind of history the Tennessee Theatre has and the passion this community has for that theatre."
Cervone has dedicated the greater part of his life and career to the performing arts, and he got the theater bug at an early age. His interest in theater first manifested in elementary school and fully developed through involvement in high school productions. At West Liberty University in West Virginia, he focused his studies on the performing arts, developing his skills and gaining experience. After graduation, he spent 11 years in the corporate world honing his business skills, but he found he missed the performing arts.
In 1989, Cervone moved to Knoxville to complete a master's of fine arts degree in performance at the University of Tennessee. Even before he graduated in 1993, the University of Tennessee had offered him a job at Clarence Brown Theatre Company, assisting the managing director. Because of theater and business experience, he was promoted to replace the managing director upon her departure in 1995.
Cervone, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a graduate and class representative of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2011. He is a board member of the Arts and Culture Alliance and sits on numerous boards at the University of Tennessee. He has been married to Susan Creswell for 20 years and has two sons John Creswell and Jonathan Cervone. In his spare time, Cervone enjoys general fitness, bicycle riding, Pittsburgh and UT sports and, of course, promoting the art, culture and heritage movement in East Tennessee.
Cervone will begin his work as executive director on June 1, 2012.