Drew Martorella, a campus and regional leader for arts production and education, and executive director of UCCS Presents, will be the assistant vice president and managing director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University. He will start Sept. 3.
“I’ll never forget my first day on campus in 1995,” Martorella said. “I was hired to work with Murray Ross to make theatre in what was essentially a small room in Dwire Hall. Everyone was, to a person, cheerful and welcoming. The campus had a wonderful casual feel. I didn’t think I’d stay long. Just passing through. Maybe stay for a couple of years and move on. But Colorado Springs became home and I became passionate about the success of UCCS. I’ve been so fortunate to see the campus develop and grow. And I’m incredibly grateful to UCCS and to the many mentors and colleagues along the way who have nurtured me professionally and personally.
“Most of all I’m proud of how UCCS has become the leader in the arts in our region. Thanks to UCCS and the support of the campus and the community, we have made, produced, presented and exhibited some of the very best work in Colorado. Professionals have worked alongside students, we’ve taken our work on the road to the far corners of the state, we’ve taken hundreds of folks on trips across the world to explore and discover work afar, and we’ve cultivated audiences from across the region. The Ent Center for the Arts has been a resounding success. Over 200,000 folks have crossed the threshold and it’s hosted over 450 events since opening only a year and half ago. We’ve come a long way since Dwire Hall and the best is yet to come. As for me. I’m excited by new frontiers in Pittsburgh yet to be explored and for what’s around the corner, but I’ll cherish the memories of this most wonderful place. Thanks one and all and I look forward to seeing folks here and there over the next month.”
As executive director of UCCS Presents, Martorella oversees the Ent Center for the Arts and its programs, including the Artist Series, Theatreworks, and the Galleries of Contemporary Art. Since the facility opened in January 2018, the center has become a regional center for visual and performing arts for the Pikes Peak Region. He also oversees University Center and Event Services, which supports more than 20,000 events on campus each year.
Martorella was the staff recipient of the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award presented by the University of Colorado. He began working at UCCS in 1995 as the producing director and later executive director for Theatreworks, where he oversaw four Henry Award-winning productions and increased the operating budget, subscriber base and season length for the professional, regional theater company based on campus.
Martorella earned his Master’s of Public Administration from UCCS in 2006 and his bachelor’s degree from Drew University in 1989. He was recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award in the Arts by Drew in 2019.
“Drew’s impact on this campus and on the arts and culture of Colorado Springs will be felt for decades to come,” Chancellor Venkat Reddy said. “We are grateful for his energy, his passion and his dedication to the visual and performing arts of UCCS. Drew knew that at their best, these art forms have the power to inspire and invigorate – not just our campus, but the entire Colorado Springs community.”
At Point Park, Martorella will develop programming, audiences and cross-disciplinary education opportunities for the academic community. He will work closely with the dean of the Conservatory of the Performing Arts to maximize opportunities to showcase and leverage the Playhouse facilities, and collaborate with other arts organizations to engage audiences.