Jared Garrison was born and raised in Marion and a graduate of Oklahoma City University, where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Musical Theater. Jared has worked professionally both on and off stage and most recently, lived in New York City. Jared worked for many years in the event industry and was one of New York’s premier event planners at a very high end company, planning numerous events for New York Socialites and Celebrities. Life brought Jared back to Marion where he has settled in as Executive Director of The Pavilion. As Executive Director, he is responsible for all aspects of the operation of The Pavilion. Jared serves on the Board of Directors for the Williamson County Tourism Bureau and is on the Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as well as serving on many committees for the Marion Chamber. Jared’s passion for musical theater keeps him very active in the Southern Illinois Theater Community. Most recently he was the Emcee in Cabaret and is currently in rehearsals for Avenue Q. In addition to performing, he is the President of Kre8ive Fine Arts Academy, an arts related 501 (c)(3) for children ages 6 through 18. In his free time, Jared enjoys gardening, reading, spending time with friends, hammock camping, spending time with his dog, Mr. Parker and running (he recently ran his first half marathon – – The Star Wars – The Dark Side Half Marathon at Disney World).