Emcee for 2015 Chamber Gala Announced

Conor O’Brien will be the emcee for the 2015 Chamber Gala and SAGE Award presentation.

Conor O’Brien will be the emcee for the 2015 Chamber Gala and SAGE Award presentation.

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce announced that Scranton Fringe Festival co-founder and past SAGE Award recipient Conor O’Brien will be the emcee for the 2015 Chamber Gala and SAGE Award presentation. The event will be held from 5:30-9 p.m.on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at The Theater at Lackawanna College.

O’Brien is known locally as an actor, playwright and arts professional. He received the 2011 SAGE Award for young entrepreneur of the year. He was recognized for his work with The Vintage, a performing arts space in downtown Scranton that operated from January 2009 through September 2014. O’Brien is also the co-founder and current executive director of the Scranton Fringe Festival, which celebrated its inaugural year in 2015.

“To be a part of this year’s SAGE Awards as host is a real pleasure,” O’Brien said. “I am incredibly proud of this region, and I am incredibly grateful to all the individuals and businesses that have afforded me so many opportunities. Any way I can be a part of a celebration of this community is really exciting.”

O’Brien also won the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival’s 2014 award for best actor for his role in “The Darling Core” — a play he also co-wrote. He will reprise that in 2016 when “The Darling Core” makes its debut in New York City. He has also performed in Philadelphia, Kansas City and other areas throughout the Northeast Pennsylvania..

Tickets for this year’s Chamber Gala are available through Monday, Nov. 9, at www.scrantonchamber.com. For more information on the event, call (570) 342-7711.