by Chris Davis
On Tuesday evening, April 12th 2011, Pat Halloran, Orpheum President & CEO, was presented with the Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Leadership. The award was presented to Halloran by Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam during a ceremony produced by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Halloran was selected in the category of Arts Leadership. Recipients in this category may come from arts organizations, business, educators, patrons, arts administrators, corporations, or volunteers who have demonstrated significant support or participation in activities which foster excellence in, appreciation of, or access to the arts throughout the state... Halloran played a key role in the preservation of The Orpheum Theatre. His leadership positioned The Theatre as a vibrant cultural treasure and as an economic development partner with downtown Memphis. Once in a state of disrepair, The Orpheum Theatre now thrives as a world-class performing arts facility and makes a significant economic impact on downtown Memphis and surrounding areas.
The Orpheum CEO, has also received two special Tony awards for his behind the scenes work as a producer for Thoroughly Modern Millie, and more recently, Memphis,