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Shea's president Anthony Conte to retire

Anthony Conte
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Anthony Conte, the president of Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, has announced his retirement.

Conte says he will step aside at the end of the 2015-16 season. However, he will stay on as a part-time consultant working on special projects.

Conte has been head of Shea's since March of 2001, and during his tenure he has overseen the operation and growth of Shea's Buffalo Theatre, including the attraction of major traveling Broadway shows.

Smaller productions have been held in the 230-seat Shea's Smith Theatre, and the 625-seat 710 Main Theatre, formerly Studio Arena.

Contehas also overseen restoration projects to accompany the theater's 90th anniversary next month.

In a news release, board chairman Gregg Stalker calls Conte's work "immeasurable" and they look forward to working with him on a consulting basis.

No replacement has been named at this time.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.