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File photo - Exterior shot of Fulton's Opera House in Lancaster.

The Fulton Theatre, which has ambitious expansion plans, announced Friday that artistic director Marc Robin has been promoted to executive artistic producer.

He will be restructuring the administration of the Fulton, and overseeing the expansion, fundraising projects and the upcoming artistic seasons.

“I have never been involved in the corporate structure of the Fulton, and now that is my side,” said Robin, who was named the Fulton's artistic director in 2009.

As part of the restructuring, Aaron Young’s position as managing director has been eliminated. Five other jobs at the Fulton also have been eliminated.

Young's last day of work at the Fulton was Friday, Aug. 28.

“We need a CFO (chief financial officer), and that’s not Aaron’s passion,” Robin said.

Young said, “I have always been very happy doing what I do at the Fulton. But, you know, the Fulton is constantly undergoing change. My position being eliminated is a part of grand, sweeping change.”

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Marc Robin, on the stage of the Fulton when he was named artistic director in 2009. 

Robin alone will now answer to the board and be responsible to them for all facets of the Fulton. In the past, he and Young had been partners.

While he made it clear that he can’t talk specifics about the expansion plan, Robin said, “I can tell you it is enormous. One of our end goals is going to be open as many weeks as possible through the year.”

Many expansion projects are being looked at now that the Fulton owns most of the section of North Prince Street bounded by West King, Grant and Water streets. 

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The first block of N. Prince St.

A fundraising campaign has begun, though it is not yet public, he said.

In order to go forward, Robin said, the Fulton's staff has to gear up and be on board.

“As we try this reorganization, every department and every team will have to batten down the hatches and streamline. I am making sure every position looks to the future, ” Robin said.

Eleven positions have been affected by the restructuring. Six people will get redefined or restructured jobs and five have had their jobs eliminated.

“Downsizing is usually a sign of trouble, but the opposite is true here,” Robin said.

In a press release issued Friday, it was noted that under the “leadership guidance” of Robin and Young, the theater’s audience has increased “60,000 to well over 130,000 and box office revenue has increased by 300 percent.”

The press release also announced that the fourth-floor studio theater, which was established a few years ago, has been named the Tell Studio after a particularly generous supporter and longtime trustee, Patrick Tell.

Both Robin and Young said they are impressed with the commitment of the community to the Fulton.

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Aaron Young

“I’m proud to be part of this community,” Robin said.

“One of the things I will miss the most if I leave (Lancaster) is the community and its support of the arts," said Young, who is looking for a job in the same field.

“The business side of the Fulton is what I have always done and what I enjoyed," he said. "It is what I will continue doing in my career. I’ve got several irons in the fire. ”

Young came to the Fulton 12 years and nine months ago.

“As I have been interviewing, I am discovering how rare that is,” he said. "It has been an absolute pleasure. I have loved the Fulton, I have loved the community.”

Despite getting a promotion, Robin said he will not be getting a raise, at least not at this point.

And he has promised the board that he will be doing less freelance work at other theaters across the country, though he will continue directing in the summer at Maine State Music Theatre, where his husband, Curt Dale Clark, is artistic director.

“I will be losing income, but the Fulton has been good to me since I came as a guest artist in 2001,” he said.  “I want to prove myself to the board.”

Robin said he is excited about the Fulton’s future.

“Stay tuned. Big things are coming.”