Adam Wagner is the first executive director of Greensburg’s Twilight Theatre. Arriving on the seventh anniversary of the 5.4.7 tornado, Wagner became an official Greensburg resident with an energetic vision for making the Twilight Theatre a sustainable and exciting community asset.
“A graduate of the prestigious College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Wagner boasts a wealth of experience for a young business-minded artist.
He spent his early twenties in New York City as a professional actor, studied privately with Broadway composers and produced his own concerts showcasing his songwriting.
Making the switch to arts administration, Adam was named artistic director of Grandstreet Theatre in Helena, Montana. Recruited to develop a new musical theatre curriculum for Tampa Bay’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts, he is dedicated to arts education and creating future arts advocates. During his time in Florida, Wagner served as vice president of Theatre Tampa Bay, an alliance organization for the region’s professional theatres.
Raised in northwest Indiana, he claims small town values coupled with big city pace.
“Adam was the unanimous choice for the position. He brings youth, experience, passion, creativity and an endless amount of energy to Greensburg and the Twilight Theatre. If you see Adam around town, please introduce yourself and wish him well,” said Gary Goodman, board member and construction “man-with-a-plan.
“I am honored, humbled and incredibly energized to join the Twilight team,” Wagner says. “Greensburg runs on wind energy and positive energy, and I’m eager to help my new community celebrate its accomplishments and bring top-notch entertainment for all residents of Southwest Kansas to enjoy.”
Wagner said he will be trained by people from the Warren Theatre chain from Wichita and feels they have a grasp on the wants and needs of rural Kansas. They have been successful and with their training and input the Twilight Theatre should be successful as well.
Until the theatre is a proven success, according to Wagner, second run movies will probably be the bill of fare most nights for the Twilight Theatre.
“Once we prove we can run the theatre successfully we will start bringing in first run films,” said Wagner. “I want the theatre to be efficient and a unique experience for our customers — I want them to have a good time!”
Wagner said he was looking to develop a lot of partnerships throughout the community and across the country to assist him in developing the Twilight Theatre into something special. He said he has connections both with the “Broadway World” and with business entrepreneurs that should help him with the tasks he has ahead of him.
Wagner admitted that success was not going to happen overnight; it was going to take time to develop the theatre into something unique to the area and the state of Kansas.
A connection to the Kiowa County Media Theatre all sorts of entertainment can be streamed online.
“Lets talk about it!” Wagner encouraged.
Be sure to join the conversation online by liking “Greensburg Twilight Theatre & Community Auditorium” on Facebook.