A man with an extensive background in managing events for performing arts and fundraising has been hired as the new executive director for the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation.
Tommy Deadwyler was most recently the executive director for the McGregory Hall Performing Arts Center in Henderson, N.C., according to an announcement by OCAF.
During his time at McGregory Hall, Deadwyler oversaw completion of the building’s renovation along with creating a lineup of shows and events for the 1,000-seat venue located in the downtown.
Prior to this job, he had served a director of cultural affairs for the city of Springfield near Savannah, where he developed programs for the Mars Theatre, a 20th century movie theater which sat empty for more than 50 years.
“Programming developed by Deadwyler for the newly refurbished 230-seat theater helped to revitalize the downtown and bring heightened attention to arts and culture in the area,” according to OCAF.
Deadwyler also worked as the arts program director for the Sautee Nacoochee Center near Helen. He coordinated more than 400 events including SummerFest, an annual arts festival, and Sautee Jamboree, a 2-day music festival.
OCAF officials said Deadwyler has also worked with the Fox Theater in Atlanta, where he was a producer for Event Designs New York.
He and his wife, Terri, have a daughter, who lives in Atlanta, and a son, who lives in Colorado.