August 2, 2012

Press Release: Egyptian Theatre Announces New Membership and Marketing Director



DeKalb, IL. Thursday August 2nd 2012 – 15 years ago he was a teenager performing as part of the Sycamore High School concert band on the stage at the Egyptian Theatre. Today, Derek Gibbs is the new Membership and Marketing director for the theatre.

For the last 3 years Gibbs, a native of Sycamore and a 2001 graduate of Sycamore High School, has worked as the volunteer marketing and brand director for Feed’em Soup Community Project a small grass roots project providing a pay-what-you-can afford restaurant style meal in DeKalb. Through an aggressive approach to marketing and promotion, Gibbs has been one of the driving forces behind Feed’em Soup Community Project’s rapid growth in the DeKalb area.

Gibbs joined the team at the Egyptian Theatre August 1st, 2012 and is excited to start promoting the 2012-2013 season as well as a brand new membership campaign that the theatre will be launching this fall. “It’s going to be a great year for us at the Egyptian and I’m proud to be a part of the team” Gibbs said.

The theatre is run by a very dedicated but small staff and continues to rely on a large group of volunteers.  There is a full time custodian and maintenance position staffed by Patrick Mlady, a part time Box Office Manager Nora Reeves, a full time Executive Director Alex Nerad and now an additional full time position staffed by Derek Gibbs.  “It is thrilling to have Derek join our team here at the theatre.  It is exciting to see the continued growth of the theatre and it is through that growth that we are able to expand our staff,” Nerad stated.

Nerad talked about the ambitious and inspiring goals the Board of Directors has for the theatre in the coming years; “there are many goals to increase our programming, restoration of the building, address infrastructure needs, and continue to make the theatre as accessible as possible to community groups for their events.”  It is through the continued support of the community that the Egyptian Theatre is successful.

The Egyptian Theatre is operated by the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Preservation of Egyptian Theatre, Inc. The historic theatre is a fully restored 1929 movie palace that hosts over 125 unique events each year and is the home for more than 25 local community groups. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the theatre’s season runs from September through June and features a variety of events.  For more information on the Egyptian Theatre visit