Dan Hays has been named director of the Franklin Theatre, which reopened this past June after an $8 million renovation.
Hays last month told the board of the International Bluegrass Music Association that he would step down  in February from that trade group after more than 20 years. His move to Franklin wraps up a four-month search by The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, which owns and operates the Main Street theater.
“We owed it to our community to be very deliberate about finding the right person to lead the Franklin Theatre,” Heritage Foundation President Cyril Stewart said. “We feel strongly that Dan Hays is the ideal choice and the theatre will build on its already phenomenal trajectory under his leadership.”
Since reopening, The Franklin Theatre has, in addition to showing films, hosted a diverse roster of musical acts that include Sheryl Crow, Michael McDonald and Keb' Mo'. In addition, its concert series, Franklin Theatre Live, has sold every available seat this fall.
“IBMA will sorely miss Dan’s presence,” IBMA Board Chair Stan Zdonik said. “In his 21 years, IBMA has grown into a multifaceted resource for the bluegrass community. He approached the work of the organization with vigor and integrity and we were all the better for it. Speaking for the IBMA Board, we wish Dan all the best in his new position.”