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Public Private Partnership Rescues Dormant Fairfield, Connecticut, Theatre

From left starting in black, Fairfield Sate Rep Laura Devlin, Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick, Sacred Heart University President John Petillo and State Senator Tony Hwang at the ribbon cutting of SHU Community Theatre Fairfield.
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From left starting in black, Fairfield Sate Rep Laura Devlin, Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick, Sacred Heart University President John Petillo and State Senator Tony Hwang at the ribbon cutting of SHU Community Theatre Fairfield.

A 100-year-old community theatre in Fairfield, Connecticut — that was dormant for 10 years — has been renovated and reopened under the management of Sacred Heart University.

Brenda Kupchick is Fairfield first selectwoman. She said the reopening of the long-shuttered theatre under a public-private partnership involving Sacred Heart University has rejuvenated the center of downtown Fairfield.

“Not only is this going to be a hub of excitement for our community, but it’s also been a lovely place for us to do swearing-in’s for our police officers and other community events,” Kupchick said.

Sacred Heart President John Petillo said the university would run the facility as an independent not-for-profit venue for cinema, performance arts and education. He said the pandemic did not slow the multi-million dollar renovation of the facility.

The theatre was originally constructed and opened during the Spanish flu pandemic 100 years ago.