Culver was there at the start 15 years ago. His contacts and incredible energy paved the way for entertainers such as Judy Collins, Don McLean, Mickey Rooney and Diahann Carroll to grace the stage in Talladega. Many more first-class entertainers were there as well, along with dance troupes, dramatic ensembles and music of all kinds.
Culver didn’t do all that alone, of course. He as supported by an Antique Talladega Board of Directors, a grassroots organization called the Friends of the Ritz and a community that filled the theatre during a successful run of shows.
The new executive director left Talladega three years ago to become Executive Director of the Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Now, the Munford native is back home, working again to use the Ritz as a beacon of first-rate entertainment.
His resume is impressive. A degree from the University of Alabama. A masters from the Wharton School of Business. He has worked as director of development for the Actors Studio in New York and worked under the renowned Lee Strasburg.
Antique Talladega Chairman Bill McGehee said he knew bringing Culver back was the right move for Antique Talladega.
“We had people from all over the United States interested,” he said. “But we believe this is the direction to take. George knows what people in Talladega our region want to see. And, of course, with all that experience, he meets the criteria.”
Gayle McMillan, the current president of Antique Talladega cited another reason to be excited about Culver’s return.
“He is also aware of the significance of exposing children of all ages to the many aspects of drama would love to see acting classes become a part of what the Ritz could offer,” she said.
George Culver was a good fit the first time around for Antique Talladega and the Ritz. We think he will be this time as well and wish him and the organization the very best as begins work anew.