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Leader Of Quick Center To Speak On The Arts With Y's Men Of Westport/Weston

Peter Van Heerden, Executive Director of the Quick Center for the Performing Arts at Fairfield University
Peter Van Heerden, Executive Director of the Quick Center for the Performing Arts at Fairfield University Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. — Peter Van Heerden, executive director of the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, will be the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston’s featured speaker at its next meeting.

The meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road E., Westport.

Van Heerden will discuss his vision for future programs at the Quick Center.

Before he was named to lead the Quick Center, Van Heerden had served as executive director of the Westport Arts Center. Prior to that, he was senior faculty member in performance studies for 15 years at City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts in Cape Town, South Africa. In that position he founded and served as artistic director of ERF 81 Cultural Collective, which brought together artists, performers, historians, educators and others who created projects that present the culture and heritage of South Africa.

He is a native of South Africa, and holds a bachelor’s degree in drama and classical civilization from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, and a master’s degree in theater and performance, cum laude, from the University of Cape Town.

The Y's Men of Westport/Weston is an organization of retired and semi-retired men with an interest in activity, fellowship, learning and community service. Those interested in attending Mr. Van Heerden’s presentation and learning more about the Y's Men should contact John Weiss at weissjf@aol.com or visit the group's website .

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