Namba Performing Arts Space names new executive director

Lorenzo DeStefano has joined Namba.

The Namba Performing Arts Space is very pleased to announce that it has chosen Lorenzo DeStefano as its new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2020.

DeStefano, a Ventura-based writer/director/producer for Film, Theater, and the Performing Arts, founded the highly regarded and still-thriving Ventura Film Society in 2008 ( He was the recipient of the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts Leader in recognition of his contributions to the cultural life of Ventura. He is mindful of the challenges and rewards of providing quality programming in the Performing Arts, Theater, Music & Entertainment.

“I’m really pleased to be joining this arts organization founded by Ben Namba & Julia Campbell Namba and applaud the work they and their dedicated Board and Volunteers have done during the past five years to add to the cultural landscape here in Ventura. I appreciate this show of confidence and look forward to continuing NAMBA’S relationships with current users of the facility. My focus will also be to encourage, strategize and implement positive collaborative efforts

that will deepen and enrich the organization’s profile as a key resource for this community.”

Please join Namba Open House on Thursday January 30th from 4-7pm to meet Lorenzo and the Board, Staff and Supporters of this unique cultural resource in Downtown Ventura.

47 S. Oak St., Downtown Ventura, 805 628 9250 /

Lorenzo DeStefano 805 641-3845 / [email protected]

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