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It's Katie at the Kavinoky

D'Youville Announces New Leadership for the theater


Katie Mallinson

D’Youville University has announced the appointment of Katie Mallinson as the Executive Director for the Kavinoky Theatre. According a press release, “This new role comes in addition to her current position as the University’s Program Director for the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Theater Arts — the first acting and performance MFA in Western New York. In tandem, Kavinoky Theatre has announced the start of its 44th season beginning on September 8, 2023, with four performances planned through June 16, 2024.


“We are delighted to have Katie Mallinson lead the Kavinoky Theatre into a successful and entertaining future,” says D’Youville University President Lorrie Clemo, Ph.D. “Not only is the Kavinoky Theatre a cultural jewel for the West Side Community, but also a performing arts anchor in the City of Buffalo. The vision and talent that Katie Mallinson showcases as an artistic leader is well known and I am confident that these traits will certainly advance the already stellar performances offered within the Theatre.”


Mallinson takes the leadership role vacated with the retirement of Loraine O'Donnell, who took over from founding artistic director, David Lamb, and had been with the theater for seven years. During her tenure, O'Donnell put the theater on stronger financial footing, diversified programming, oversaw a renovation project; established an MFA program, and guided the institution through covid.


In her combined role, Mallinson will provide executive leadership that oversees all facets of the Kavinoky Theatre as well as educate MFA D’Youville students on becoming professional artists of the future. Mallinson offers an artistic and educational approach that is rooted in dramaturgical values to develop identity, artistry, and collaboration — all with the intent of developing community through storytelling.


Mallinson is a Buffalo native and alumna of Niagara University’s Theatre Program with an MFA in Dramaturgy from the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. She has worked at theaters throughout Western New York including Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Road Less Traveled Productions, The Jewish Repertory Theatre, and The Kavinoky Theatre.


“I am honored to take on this new responsibility with the D’Youville University Kavinoky Theatre,” says Mallinson. “I believe that art is fundamental to personal, social, economic, and civic health. The Kavinoky is a theatrical cornerstone in Western New York with a treasured history of creating memorable, moving experiences for audiences. I’m excited to continue this tradition and, with the integration of the University’s MFA program, evolve programming through dynamic distinctive storytelling that expands our creative community to ensure a bright future for the industry.”


D'Youville University Kavinoky’s 44th season includes four fresh and fun takes on performance with What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidy Schreck, The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien, Gutenberg! The Musical! by Anthony King & Scott Brown, and The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew López. In addition to the regular season, Mike Randall brings his one-man show Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol to the stage in December for a special engagement.


Tickets are available now at kavinokytheatre.com.


“The D’Youville University Kavinoky Theatre has had a rich history since first welcoming patrons in 1980. Our commitment to providing evocative and thought-provoking live theatre that is inclusive and accessible to all remains the mission of the Theatre,” continued Clemo. “A common phrase in show business is that “the show must go on” and I am certain that with Katie Mallinson as the Executive Director for the Kavinoky Theatre the show will not only go on but will also thrive.”


Leveraged by the Kavinoky Theatre, the D’Youvile University Dramatic Arts program provides innovative artistic education where professionals, students, and audiences interface in dynamic, integrative experiences. Together, professionals and emerging artists provide artistic experiences to the Western New York Community.

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