Former Executive Director Returns To Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

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Clare Bisceglia, the former longtime executive director at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center who retired in January 2014, reclaimed the theater’s top position last week.

Ms. Bisceglia is replacing James Burke, who was hired to take her place when she left nearly two years ago. She said that she was offered the job because Mr. Burke had resigned.

“They invited me back, and I was thrilled with the invitation,” Ms. Bisceglia said during an interview on Friday, two days after she began her second stint at the 425-seat theater. “James had resigned, and the board asked me to return as the executive director … I’m happy to be home.”

Mr. Burke stepped down as executive director of the not-for-profit theater on November 19, according to Stanley Zinberg, chairman of the Performing Arts Center’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Zinberg said the board decided to call Ms. Bisceglia to ask her if she wanted her old job back, because she was good at managing the theater and booking performers.

“I was ready to do something significant again,” Ms. Bisceglia said of her return to the Performing Arts Center. “That’s how you know God has a plan.”

After she left the theater two years ago, Ms. Bisceglia said she worked part-time as a consultant at the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, traveled and went to the opera. She also visited family all over the United States, as well as embarking on a few overseas journeys, including a stop in London. She held on to her home in Quogue, however.

Although she enjoyed her adventures, Ms. Bisceglia said it was time to return to the theater.

“It just seemed like the timing was right, and I embraced the opportunity,” Ms. Bisceglia said. “[The theater is] my baby. I spent 12 years building it up, and growing it, and nurturing it, and I’m ready to be back.”

On Friday, Ms. Bisceglia’s second day back, she said she was already comfortable in her old office, and it felt as if she had never left. “The first day I came back was a little awkward, getting used to it,” she said. “But by the second day, yesterday, it was like I never left.”

Mr. Zinberg added that he and the rest of the PAC’s Board of Directors are happy to have Ms. Bisceglia back in the fold. “She has a dynamic personality and leadership skills that were proven during her past tenure,” he said. “Her availability provides us to grow and prosper … She’s really excellent.”

Ms. Bisceglia said that during her first week on the job she already got started with the first thing on her to-do list: booking acts for the summer season.

“She just started, and she has a lot of catching up to do,” Mr. Zinberg said. “This is a kind of busy time of year, but she’s really working away at it.”

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