There’s a new president in charge of the Peterborough Players’ board of trustees.
Jacqueline Smethurst was appointed to fill the role that Cy Gregg, a Peterborough developer and businessman, had served in, according to a recent news release from the professional theater production troupe.
Smethurst, a former head of Northfield Mount Hermon School, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oxford University in England, where she is an honorary fellow at St. Hilda’s College, her alma mater. She also earned a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. She is a co-founder of Wingspan Partnerships, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to narrow education gaps through public-private partnerships.
“Like so many people, I have been applauding Peterborough Players’ superb productions for decades,” Smethurst said in the release. “The Players is one of the great assets of our region, and I am honored to follow Cy in guiding the board of trustees as we look to ‘the next stage.’ We are extraordinarily fortunate to have theater of this quality right here in the Monadnock Region, and I shall bring my passion for the organization to every discussion and decision as we expand our reach and secure the future of the Players.”
In addition to her position on the Players’ board, Smethurst has been a trustee for Concord Academy, Ursuline Academy, American Friends of St. Hilda’s College, Monadnock Center for History and Culture and the National Association of Independent Schools.
The Peterborough Players, at 55 Hadley Road, is a nonprofit organization that has been putting on professional theater productions since 1933.