Playhouse and LECOM Announce New Partnership

The Erie Playhouse and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) today announced a 25-year, naming-rights agreement for the stage at the Erie Playhouse. Starting with the 101st Playhouse season, the stage will be referred to as LECOM Stage at the Playhouse, a title that will also be prominently displayed on the façade of the theatre on West 10th Street in gratitude for a major gift that allowed the Playhouse to reach its financial goal for completing stage renovations in its downtown Erie facility.

“LECOM has gone above and beyond with their commitment to arts and culture in Erie,” says Playhouse Executive Director Almitra Clerkin. “LECOM addresses the health of our community beyond the medical. By supporting arts and culture that is vital to Erie’s quality of life, LECOM is ensuring the future of the Playhouse for generations to come.”

LECOM shares in the Playhouse mission statement: “The Erie Playhouse is dedicated to enriching the lives of residents in the greater Erie region by providing life-long opportunities to participate in quality theatrical productions as artists, audience members, and advocates.”

“LECOM is ever eager to advance community betterment and to develop our local economy by expanding the tangible and intrinsic benefits of the arts to our students and citizens alike,” explained LECOM President John M. Ferretti, D.O. “We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the arts community ensuring that the illumination of our community remains forever bright.”

The $1.4 million renovation project is scheduled to begin July 31, 2017 with a completion date prior to the opening of the 101st season at the Playhouse on Thursday, October 5, 2107. The Playhouse will open the theatre’s second century with the hit musical Mamma Mia. 

The project includes extensive stage renovations; sinking the orchestra pit and building an under-the-stage Green Room; installing new digital stage lighting; adding a handicapped restroom on the stage level, a new HVAC system along with renovations to the restrooms in the outer lobby and lower rotunda.

With the new outdoor sign above the marquee, playhouse patrons and visitors in Downtown Erie passing by the Playhouse will be reminded of the generous support of LECOM for the arts and for helping maintain a robust community theater in the heart of the city.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017. Over the last quarter-century, LECOM has grown to become the largest medical college in the country. Enrollment in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine and Master’s Degree Programs has surpassed 4100 students at campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Pa. and Bradenton, Fla. More than 9000 LECOM graduates are providing health care to patients across the United States.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Pharmacy attract more applicants than any other programs in the country by offering innovative, student-centered and affordable degree programs.  LECOM medical college tuition is the second lowest private college tuition in the country and LECOM consistently ranks in the top ten programs for graduating primary care physicians.

LECOM is the core of the only academic health center in the osteopathic profession. LECOM Health is a highly innovative health care and education system that strives to add to the quality of life of our neighbors by bringing total health care to the community.  Members of LECOM Health include the College, Millcreek Community Hospital, Corry Memorial Hospital, the clinical practices of Medical Associates of Erie, LECOM Senior Living Center, LECOM Senior Living Communities, LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center, LECOM at Presque Isle Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Lifeworks Erie, and Visiting Nurses Association of Erie County.

As LECOM celebrates 25 years of excellence and its contributions to health and well-being for everyone, it looks forward to continued growth and preparation of future health to provide quality care for generations to come

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