One-on-One: Tom Wofford and David Fleming

The focus of this month’s one on one conversation centers on the notion of possibilities. Both Tom Wofford and David Fleming are immersed in opening up Birmingham to new possibilities, from an economic development and an arts perspective.

David Fleming is the CEO of the newly christened REV Birmingham, an economic development organization that results from a merger between Operation New Birmingham and Main Street Birmingham. The new public-private partnership’s goal is to stimulate business growth and improve the quality of life in Birmingham’s city center and its neighborhood commercial centers. wide.

Among the first new projects, Fleming and his REV team are tackling is the revitalization of the 83-year-old Ramsay McCormack building in the Ensley historic business district, and a new, 12,000-square-foot, business “incubation” space for social entrepreneurs in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

For Fleming the key to success for his organization will be its ability to implement plans that will bring new life to the city’s neighborhood commercial centers as well as downtown.

Tom Wofford got involved in local theatre in 1997 and that interest has grown into an increasingly large part of his life. He is writing a couple of plays right now, and will direct another author’s work next year.

Wofford believes the arts are critical in developing the kind of city to which people want to move. And local professional theatre is a big part of that.“We have more audience development to do. We have to come up with new ways to promote and publicize the work.”

He founded Actors Theatre of Alabama to create more opportunities for professional actors in town and as a vehicle to develop and introduce new work. “I wanted a group that was about actors first. We had a great first year with two excellent shows and the trip to the Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown,” he says. The inclusion of the troupe’s The Glass Menagerie was the first time the famous festival had staged a performance from a Southern theatrical group.

2 Responses to “One-on-One: Tom Wofford and David Fleming”

  1. One-on-One is a fantastic idea! Thanks again for helping us get to know another two people who are truly passionate about our city!

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