WESTPORT — Five people recently were elected to the Westport Country Playhouse’s Board of Trustees.
The board, which now has 33 members, is chaired by Ania Czekaj-Farber of Westport.
The new trustees are:
Tracey Knight Narang, of Westport, is a Tony Award-winning producer and playwright.
Her producer credits include, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!”; “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,”coming to Broadway this 2022; “Sing Street,” and Arthur Miller’s “The American Clock” at the Old Vic.
Knight Narang also is the lead producer of “Period Piece,” which is currently in development.
She is a member of the board of directors of New York City Center, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the League of Professional Theatre Women, as well as a steering committee member of the Connecticut chapter of LPTW.
Stafford W. Thomas Jr., the principal of Staples High School, previously was principal of Hillcrest Middle School in Trumbull, which in 2018-19 was selected as Connecticut Middle School of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools.
He also is an adjunct professor in the graduate school of education at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. He began his career as a social studies teacher at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in teaching social studies from Brown University, and a dual degree in law and educational administration from Boston College.
Tom Coppola, of New York City, a director and choreographer, earned a degree in mass communications from Iona College.
He is an executive producer at SpotCo, an entertainment advertising agency. He is founder/CEO of Party of Four NYC.
Diane DelVecchio, of Stamford, received a BFA degree in fashion design from FIT in Manhattan, leading to a career in fabric merchandising/print styling and executive textile sales.
She also is a real estate investor and partner in Edelweiss Realty, and has renovated multiple residences in the tristate area.
DelVecchio also is the owner of DCD Realty Group at Keller Williams Realty. She is a member of the Agent Leadership Committee for the KW Stamford Market Center and is also active in the Stamford Downtown Retail Committee.
Alison K. Smith, of Wilton,leads the New York regional office for Principal Financial Group.
She holds a bachelor’s in business administration from James Madison University, a master’s in science management with a focus in executive benefits and risk management, and a master’s of business administration from Florida State University.
She is a chartered retirement plans specialist and recipient of a C(k)P designation through TRAU at the University of Southern California.
Smith is a co-owner and founder of WildBloom Skincare, a skincare and beauty solutions company, and has also written two children’s books in the Celebration Series.
“These new trustees represent a real diversity of geography and background,” Michael Barker, Westport Country Playhouse’s managing director, said in a statement announcing the trustees’ election.
“With professions as varied as finance, real estate, advertising, education and creative producing, their unifying feature is a love of live performance and the theatrical art form,” he said. “As we re-emerge into our first full in-person season since March 2020, these leaders will use their passion and talents to support our mission and spread the word that Westport Country Playhouse is back.”
For more information about the Westport Country Playhouse, visit the theater’s website or call 203-227-5137.