Star Member Spotlight: The Springers

April 17, 2024 by Sandy Lerebours

Star Members, Matt and Susan Springer, tell us about how they became members and their favorite memories at the Carolina Theatre.

CTD: How long have you lived in Durham and what do you like best about being here?

The Springers: We have lived in Chapel Hill for 24 years and have watched this area “grow up” in a very nice way over that time.  We love the fact that there are now big city assets like first-class performing arts centers, great restaurants, etc. without any of the big city liabilities like traffic, congestion, and artificially inflated pricing.

CTD: Have you both always been interested in the arts and what inspired your passion?

The Springers: We’ve been fortunate to live in Washington, DC, New York City, Buffalo, and Boston and have always had great accessibility to the arts, live music, and performance theater, and this has been a shared passion of ours in the 35+ years that we’ve been together.

CTD: Why did you decide to join the theater’s Star Membership program?

The Springers: Candidly, we didn’t know about the Star Membership program until this past year and then when we found out about it we thought that it made a lot of sense since we would receive personal benefits but far more importantly we would support a nonprofit that we’ve come to treasure over the years as a real community gem that brings together all walks of life in the greater Durham area.

CTD: What are some of your favorite moments of being at the theater? 

The Springers: Chris Botti and Pat Metheny shows were very memorable, but we’ve also enjoyed great documentary films at Full Frame, including a Martin Scorsese Q&A and a fascinating film about the Bouncing Bulldogs which our daughter performed on for a dozen years.

CTD: If you could see any artist perform at the theater, who would it be and why? 

The Springers: Pieces of A Dream (Philadelphia jazz fusion band) would be amazing — we’ve seen them several times in DC, and they rarely make it much further south.

CTD: What are some of your other hobbies and interests?

The Springers: We are passionate about building communities and cultivating friendships.  We also love to hike and walk with friends and our 11-year-old schnoodle Mickey!  For the last four years we have walked the number of miles in the year and this year we are well on our way to clocking 2024 miles!

CTD: Are there other organizations that you work with and would like to highlight? 

The Springers: Susan is currently on the boards of directors of Durham Literacy Center, Urban Ministries of Durham, and LifeSkills Foundation, while Matt has held leadership positions on the Boards of the Jewish Community Center and TROSA in recent years.

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