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Drew Boardman, a native of Bradford County in northeastern Pennsylvania, is the Events and Engagement Manager at The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville.

“My favorite part of the job is getting to be creative in building experiences that bring joy to our audience,” he said.

Boardman, who began working when he was 12 years old as a D.J. at high school dances and at his local roller rink, earned a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. He credits Jennifer Carlson, The Colonial Theatre’s Executive Director, with having the biggest impact on his career.

“When she started, she saw my excitement about the theatre’s future and elevated me to a position where I could be creative in executing new events and programming,” said Boardman. “She has a passion for the organization and its staff that is unparalleled, and thanks to her, I’m able to do something I enjoy while helping the theatre and town that I love. You couldn’t ask for a better role model or example of leadership than Jennifer.”

Boardman’s proudest professional achievement was Colonial’s launch of “Hush: An Immersive Speakeasy Experience.”

“This was an idea I had to recreate the roaring ’20s in one of our theatre spaces,” he said. “We had the band Parlour Noir play, a secret alley entrance, and a large crowd decked out like flappers. It was really rewarding to see my idea come to life, and that people of all ages were enjoying themselves at the theatre in a unique new way.”

Boardman’s favorite Chester County restaurant is Avlos Greek Cuisine in Phoenixville.

Boardman and the rest of the 2023 Class of VISTA Millennial Superstars will be honored at the Awards Reception & Celebration on Thursday, May 18 at Penn State Great Valley.