Darren B. Litz has been named the executive director of the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center (BCPAC).
Litz is a familiar name to many in the Bradford area, having served as a music educator in the Bradford Area Schools from 1987 to 2001. During this time, he directed some of the first BCPAC community productions, created the gospel quartet 4 Men for God and directed numerous Kiwanis Kapers productions. In 1998, he was honored with BCPAC’s Bravo! Award for his outstanding contributions to the arts in the region.
“We are thrilled that Darren has decided to come home to Bradford and serve as our new Executive Director,” said BCPAC board president Fred Feightner. “The Executive Director position requires a unique set of skills across many disciplines, and Darren’s decades-long experiences in production, programming, education, youth ministry and administration make him a perfect fit.”
“He’s also a beloved former music educator with Bradford Area Schools,” Feightner added. “We’re sure our entire community will be pleased to welcome Darren and his family home and support his efforts in carrying out BCPAC’s mission.”
Litz has spent 20 years teaching music and theater in the Pennsylvania and New York public schools. He has 14 years’ experience in music and theater ministry as the director of performing arts, including managing the Performing Arts division and the Center for the Arts, for Family Life Ministries in upstate New York.
He has produced, directed, arranged and choreographed materials for numerous community, regional and high school productions. His students have performed with many national artists as well as earning regional, state and all-eastern recognition in vocal competitions.
A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, New York State School Music Association, and received a Diplome D’Honneur for excellence in vocal music from the Federation Internationale Des Choeurs D’Enfants.
A native of Clearfield, Litz and his wife Kim are the proud parents of two adult daughters and reside in Bath, N.Y., where they operate a bed & breakfast. Litz currently teaches vocal music and theater at Jasper-Troupsburg Central Schools in Jasper, N.Y.
“I am thrilled to be ‘coming home’ to Bradford to give back to a community that so graciously poured into me and my family during our years there in the ’90s,” Litz said. “I look forward to serving the region with the highest quality programming and more of the innovative and educational experiences in the creative and performing arts that BCPAC audiences have grown to love.”
Litz takes over for Lauren Marshall, who left in November.