CFCC selects director of new Humanities and Fine Arts Center

Shane Fernando

Cape Fear Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Fernando as the director of the CFCC Humanities and Fine Arts Center.

Fernando has worked at the University of North Carolina Wilmington for the past nine years, lastly serving as Director of Campus ┬áLife Arts and Programs, which oversees UNCW Presents, the Arts in Action Performance and the Leadership Lecture Series, Ann Flack Boseman Gallery, Lumina Theater, Sharky’s Box Office and Game Room and the Association for Campus Entertainment.

Fernando is excited about all the opportunities that will be possible at CFCC’s new facility, which is currently under construction on Third St. in downtown Wilmington and is expected to open early next year.

“I’m humbled and thrilled to begin serving as director of Cape Fear Community College’s gorgeous, state-of-the-art performing arts center; it is a joy to see her steel quickly rising from bedrock at the banks of the Cape Fear river. She will certainly serve as a new, cultural anchor in downtown Wilmington, as well as serve as a laboratory for applied student learning outside of the classroom. The scale of the center will allow us to regularly present acts never before seen in our region and I look forward to working with major presenting partners at Thalian Hall and UNCW to brand our region as a performing arts hub,” Fernando said.

His first day working at CFCC will be May 19.

In addition to his experience at UNCW, Fernando has been active in the local theater community, serving as the City of Wilmington appointee and President of the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees. When his term ends this summer, he will become programming consultant for the Hall, overseeing the booking of the Main Attractions Series.

He was also recently elected to the executive committee of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium, and was selected by the N.C. Arts Council as a performing arts juror for this past year’s arts presenters regional conference, ArtsMarket in Durham.

In addition, Fernando is a public arts commentator for WHQR Public Radio and a member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). He has been a director, property master, and actor in over 150 local theatre productions.

He is also a backyard beekeeper in historic Wilmington.

CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center is a 159,368-foot building and will house three floors of academic space for CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Program and feature a 1,500-seat performance hall for theatrical, musical and other cultural events. Funds for the building came from a $164 million bond referendum passed by New Hanover County voters in 2008.

CFCC broke ground on the facility last March and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. The building was designed by LS3P architects and Edifice Construction is the general contractor.