The company that manages the Landis Theater Performing Arts Center in Vineland has picked a longtime educator as its new executive director.

On April 1, Loren Thomas will take over the position with Appel Farm Arts & Music Center that Mark Packer held from 1988 until his recent resignation.

Thomas is currently superintendent for the Salem County Special Services & Vocational Technical Schools District. He is a former principal at Arthur P. Schalick High School in Salem County and vice principal at Mainland Regional High School in Atlantic County.

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“I feel confident that my background as an educator will be important to furthering Appel Farm’s mission of making the arts accessible to people of all ages and economic backgrounds,” Thomas, who is a member of the organization’s board of trustees, said in a statement.

Packer left Appel Farm, which he joined in 1984, to become executive director of the South Orange Performing Art Center.

Appel Farm took over management of the Landis Theater on Landis Avenue in downtown Vineland last year under an agreement with the Landis Theater Foundation.

Appel Farm moved the bulk of its operations from Elmer, Salem County, to the Landis Theater. That included its concerts and children’s programming held in the small, rustic Clare Rostan Appel Theater.

The new venture is called “Appel Farm at the Landis.”

Contact Thomas Barlas:

609-226-9197

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