Jim “J.B.” Buckley has stepped down as artistic director of the Pewter Plough Playhouse, but he remains involved in the creative management of the Cambria theater, board member Anita Schwaber said Monday.
“J.B. has always been involved with the board, and he’s always got his two cents in,” said Schwaber, who has acted and directed plays at Pewter Plough for more than a decade. “As owner of the building and the founder of the company, he knows what he’s doing.”
According to Schwaber, Buckley, 101, resigned as artistic director a couple months ago — roughly 37 years after he found the Pewter Plough Pwith his late wife, Olga, and months after the death of his son, who handled publicity and other daily operations for the theater. James Lee Buckley died in December at age 65.
The senior Buckley stepped down from the board of directors about two years ago, Schwaber said, but continues to attend board meetings to share his input.
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“J.B. is definitely important to the Plough,” she said.
The Pewter Plough Playhouse's nonprofit board of directors, led by president and music director David Manion, has yet to name a replacement artistic director, Schwaber said.