Doreen P. Cugno and Luanne Sorrentino are the co-founders of the historic St. George Theatre, a thriving 1,900 seat performing arts center that hosts an array of live performances, concerts, special events, family shows, and educational programming for Staten Island and all of New York City.
These ladies successfully operate the St. George Theatre and are very knowledgeable in career paths in the arts, including arts management, creative programming, talent buying, production management, what happens behind the red curtain, performance, fundraising/development, marketing, cultivating donors, exceptional customer service and so much more. They mentor students throughout the year. Doreen and Luanne oversee the day-to-day operations of the St. George Theatre, and the multi-million dollar capital restoration projects.
They work with a very prominent board led by Brian J. Laline. Doreen and Luanne have BFA’s in Dance/Theatre. (Luanne: University of the Arts in Philly and Doreen: Point Park University in Pittsburgh) Doreen and Luanne are very involved in their community and sit on several boards including Friends of Thirteen, Staten Island Business Outreach Center (SIBOC), New Dorp Lane BID, North Shore Steering BID Committee. They are members of the SI Chamber of Commerce, Staten Island Economical Development Corporation Women’s Counsel, League of Historic American Theaters, and Arts Presenters of America. The ladies have won many prestigious awards for saving the St. George Theatre, including induction into the Thirteen/WNET Community Hall of Fame in 2008, the Mayor’s Arts and Culture Award in 2013, Staten Island Advance Women of Achievement 2014, Honored at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens Annual Gala in 2018, YMCA Community Impact Award in 2019 to name a few. The ladies own a successful dance studio in operation for 60+ years, Mrs. Rosemary’s Dance Studio, teaching many techniques of dance, at all levels, and ages.