Aurora Fox Arts Center appoints new executive theater producer


AURORA | The Aurora Fox Arts Center search for a new executive producer will bring a seasoned Virginia artist and organizer to Aurora.

The Fox announced Monday Helen Murray would take over as executive director on a part-time basis Jan 2 and would transition into full time with the Fox on July 9. Murray is currently the artistic director and co-founder of The Hub Theatre in Fairfax, Virginia.

“Helen brings an extraordinary combination of leadership, talent, energy and vision to The Aurora Fox and to Aurora,” said Gary Margolis, manager of Aurora’s Cultural Services Division. “She will thrive here, continuing the traditions of excellence at The Aurora Fox while taking this theater to new heights and expanding our ability to bring the magic of live theater to the ever-growing diversity of audiences in Aurora and throughout the metro area.”

Along with her experience as artistic director, Murray has performed in numerous theaters in the Washington D.C. area and her play “”Redder Blood” won the 2016 Jewish Playwriting Contest.

“I am thrilled to be joining The Aurora Fox’s talented staff, Aurora Cultural Arts District arts organizations, and the dedicated board, to shape and generate art of the highest caliber for this city,” Murray said. “I look forward to building on The Aurora Fox’s impressive history of innovative and exciting live theater and am eager to become a part of Aurora’s dynamic community.”

The Fox has been in search of a new leader since Charles Packard, who had led the theater for the past eight years, retired unexpectedly in May. After Packard left the Fox, the current staff worked to put together an entirely new lineup for the current season that it hoped would capture the diverse community surrounding the Fox Theater.

Murray, in a press release, said she was excited to be a part of the work Fox is doing to promote different voices in the community.

“I believe in the transformative power of theater; in its ability to foster community and engender hope. Works of this nature strengthen our humanity, and in turn our community,” Murray said. “The theatre being done at Aurora Fox uses the arts to empower diverse and underserved communities. I am immensely proud to be a part of that.”