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Laura Kratt directs cultural events at Wingate University

3/2/2011
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Wingate, N.C. – Wingate University has hired Laura Kratt to fill a new position as Director of Cultural Events. Kratt has over 20 years of experience presenting and producing visual, musical, dance and theatre arts. She most recently served as executive director of Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, N.Y. She has also managed programs for the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Ga., Edison Theatre at Washington University and Bailey Concert Hall at Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

A native of Charlotte, Kratt studied for a Master of Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a music minor from Wake Forest University. She has had six years of formal voice study and 13 years of piano study. "Growing up in Charlotte, I had wonderful arts experiences" said Kratt, who as a high school student sang on the stage of Spirit Square with Dave Brubeck. “That’s why I chose a career in the arts.”

Kratt is the daughter of Mary Kratt, a Charlotte poet, writer and historian and Jim Kratt, a retired local attorney.

In her new role at Wingate University, Kratt will be responsible for planning, coordinating and promoting cultural events programs at the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center, which features the 554-seat Hannah Covington McGee Theatre. The theatre provides a venue for University theatrical and musical productions, lectures and many other University and community-wide events. The Batte Center also houses the 176-seat Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall and the C. Douglas Helms Art Gallery.
Kratt is a strong believer in forming joint ventures within the cultural community and has collaborated with various arts, cultural and science non-profit organizations for programming and funding development.

“Laura Kratt emerged as the best candidate for this important position from a very strong national applicant pool,” said Dr. Martha Asti, vice president for academic affairs. “We look forward to her leadership as we continue to address the programmatic needs and interests of our campus and regional communities.”
For more information about Wingate University's cultural events, visit www.wingate.edu/culture.


About Wingate University

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private comprehensive University with more than 2,300 students on campuses in Wingate and Matthews, North Carolina. The University offers 32 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies, sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education.
Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past four years.
For more information, go to www.wingate.edu


Contact: Jennifer Gaskins
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jgaskins@wingate.edu (704) 233-8117

http://www.wingate.edu/culture