National Arts Institute signs Letter of Intent to lease the Royal Poinciana Playhouse


National Arts Institute and Sterling Organization sign LOI with guidance by PB Council President, David Rosow

There is much to celebrate in conjunction with Mr. Kenneth Ohrstrom’s March 14th introduction and announcement to the Palm Beach Town Council regarding signing the Letter of Intent to lease the Royal Poinciana Playhouse.  As Chairman of the Board of the non-profit National Arts Institute, Inc. (NAI), he wants first and foremost to recognize Town Council President, Mr. David Rosow, for his altruistic efforts and important guidance toward this goal.  Mr. Ohrstrom also commends the Sterling Organization for their diligence in working together with NAI toward an agreement.

NAI brings with it a history of success as a Producing Organization mounting prominent Broadway musicals and award-winning plays with top celebrities, co-productions and touring shows.  Together with their support for local arts organizations, NAI looks forward to raising the cultural ambiance in Palm Beach with access and enjoyment for all.

The NAI Team is excited to provide live entertainment in Palm Beach for residents and guests at the Royal Poinciana Playhouse.  There will no longer be a need to cross the bridge to enjoy a variety of productions and celebrities.   Additionally, NAI will bring Palm Beach to the intersection of the most advanced Arts Technology within the performing arts industry including for theater and education to benefit audiences as well as our young future stars.

NAI’s Naming Rights opportunities allow residents, arts patrons and friends to engrave their legacy to become seen and known in Palm Beach from the water, the new bridge and by land. The exceptional qualifications of NAI’s prominent directors include their respect to everyone as a VIP, with a right place, right time, and right opportunity for all.  NAI’s excitement and dedication to having the lights shine again, and ever brighter, on stage at the Royal PoinciTHEana Playhouse, looks forward to earning a standing ovation.  For additional information please contact Pamela Stark Thomas, Executive Director at 561-351-5012 or




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The Board make-up of the National Arts Institute, Inc., represents a particularly well-rounded best fit for this Palm Beach Performing Arts Project.  The following bios demonstrate its astute and acclaimed prowess in Philanthropy, Fund-raising, Development, Theater and TV/Film heralding in over 100 Years of Professional Experience.

                          Kenneth Ohrstrom, Palm Beach Founding Chairman                                                             Mr. Ohrstrom is instrumental in creating the initial lead gift to the National Arts Institute, Inc., favoring programs that artistically educate and culturally inspire from his local Palm Beach community to beyond, Kenneth is a prominent leader within his home community, along with his wife, Sally. Joined as well, by his family siblings, Kenneth oversees programs that stimulate the economy and set the path for the future. Key attributes to his overall success include his courage to take the first step for that in which he believes, combined with his thirty+ years’ experience in giving back to the community. His humble integrity for doing the right thing instills noble leadership that others strive to follow.                                                                            

  Pamela Stark Thomas, Executive Director                                                                                            Ms. Stark Thomas hails from MN where she Founded, Produced and Hosted a Statewide TV Program connecting, for the first time, its cities and communities giving them both voice and spotlight in driving the State’s economy through its Agricultural Crisis.  Accepting the post of Economic Development Director, she built Travel and Tourism branches statewide, partnering with larger populations and corporation across the nation.  She helped develop and fund the then Nation’s Largest Mall [of America], the state’s largest theme park, hotel, women’s incarceration facility and Lake Superior’s Port; in conjunction with Port Development, Ms. Stark Thomas was commissioned to develop and police large cruise ships’ readiness and accessibility prior to being allotted a CO.  She studied and worked with Washington, D.C.’s Federal Grant Readers and continues to volunteer scoring Federal grant applications.  This skill has enabled her to write successfully funded grants including Corporate, Private and Municipal.   Pamela’s graduate degrees [focused in Resource Development/Management, Business Administration and Health-care Administration] underscore her Published Research in Economics, Education, Resource Development and Health & Medicine.   Recruited to Palm Beach, she helped position and grow the Charitable Endowment Program at the Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults to its first $10 million while simultaneously developing their aquatic and other therapeutic healthcare programs.  An extended career from grassroots to global brought her back to Palm Beach where she teamed with fellow experts in the arts to build the world’s most technologically advanced sound stage [spearheading the Today Show’s documentary visit and attracting the likes of Celine Dion].  Identifying a dynamic new economy in the arts, she is intent on driving such to her home community by creating a Legacy in “Defining the Future of the Arts.” 

Karen Poindexter, Executive Producer                                                                                                     Ms. Poindexter is held in professional acclaim as a Producer for her work in Regional, Broadway and London theatres including the Tony-Nominated Musical The News, Prince of Central Park, Love Thy Neighbor and the Anniversary production of Hair at the Old Vic Theatre in London. She has produced over 100 musicals and plays for the Burt Reynolds Theatre, Hirschfeld Theater, Broadway and London stages. Numerous stars and celebrities appeared in her productions including; Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett, Dom Deluise, Charles Nelson Reilly, Charles Durning, Kirstie Alley, Parker Stevens, Marilyn McCoo, Cathy Rigby, Sarah Jessica Parker, Judd Nelson, Robert Hays, Bebe Neuwirth, Joanne Worley, Valerie Harper. As a Producing Manager for Regional/Broadway theaters, Ms. Poindexter’s lead responsibilities included Programming, Negotiating Rights, Union Negotiations, Contracts, Marketing, Budget Development, Advertising/PR, and E-marketing. She held management responsibility for Staff,Cast, Directors, Designers and Crew for all productions. Ms. Poindexter recently produced “Diva Diaries, A Sassy New Musical” in Chicago at the Lakeshore Theater with development productions at the Tampa Bay Center for the Performing Arts and the Broward Center. Additional spotlight achievements include having developed and presented new musicals/plays for Helen Hayes, NY HBO Studio, NYC Fringe Festival, New York Music Festival and NYC Cabarets [i.e., “Lost Boy” written by actor/director/writer Ron Palillo (aka Horshack of Welcome Back Kotter)]. The National Arts Institute has formed a scholarship program honoring Ron, its friend/partner, for his many contributions to the arts. Ms. Poindexter’s Film/Television credits include Prince of Central Park (based on the Broadway musical) starring Kathleen Turner, Danny Aiello, Harvey Keitel and Cathy Moriarty; BL Stryker, ABC Mystery Wheel Movie of the Week for 2 seasons, starring Burt Reynolds and Ozzie Davis; and Cop and a Half starring Burt Reynolds and Ruby Dee, directed by Henry Winkler with Imagine Films and Universal Pictures. She is a Founding Board Member for Burt Reynolds Institute for Theater Training and School of the Arts and continues to contribute her time to several arts organizations including the Carbonell’s and South Florida Theater Awards. Given the indisputably great demand for Ms. Poindexter’s coveted talents and time, Palm Beach County prizes her choice to claim this as her home. Her extraordinary leadership in the arts is held as integral at the National Arts Institute.

Elaine Blake, Executive Producer                                                                                                                                A highly accomplished Producer for Motion Picture/TV/Theater. As Executive Director of Burt Reynolds Theatre for eight years, Blake was responsible for supervising the sales, marketing and production of more than one hundred shows with major stage, screen, and television actors. She was a founding board member of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training and School of the Arts and served as Vice President of Burt Reynolds Productions for five years. Blake’s expertise runs full measure with production credits including Universal Studios, Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, as Associate Producer on the feature film “Cop and A Half” directed by Henry Winkler and starring Burt Reynolds and ABC’s series movie of the week, “B. L. Stryker”. She was Associate Producer on the television series “Evening Shade” for MTM Studios and CBS Television. Blake attended the Hollywood Film Institute and was an active member of Women in Film. She was Executive Vice President of Entertainment Financial Services in Beverly Hills Her career has included the negotiations and strategic alliances for motion picture studios, network executives, corporate officials, financial officers, government representatives and entertainment agents’ key figureheads and continues today. In addition to Blake’s accomplishments in the performing arts arena, she is a published writer (Kensington Publishing, NY). Her impressive repertoire makes her a coveted resource adding to the magnitude of the new arts era and its industry.                                                       

Renee Morrison, Trustee                                                                                                                                    Ms. Morrison is highly credited as Founder and Developer of Humanitarian Charitable Foundations and, in particular, for exercising a scope of higher intellect that realizes true core needs. From childhood in Manhattan to post Boston College graduation and ongoing, Ms. Morrison has carved a path in orchestrating and leading key fundraisers that have opened new dimensions effecting long-term responsible change for our children and our nation. Together with her husband Carlos Morrison, she stands as the female voice over her family’s privileged vast arts’ collections. Her prowess has commanded the positioning of the arts to communicate across culture and generation. Ms. Morrison’s efforts and process continue to prove effective [from grassroots groundswell to quickly routing globally] incorporating her consummate reading with keen insight and willing hands and in feeding her voracious appetite for making the world better, safer and more productive. The demand for Ms. Morrison’s profiled expertise landed her as Contributing Editor for the New York-based Avenue Magazine [since 2001]. As she treads her fearless familiar path from Palm Beach to Washington, D.C., she remains warmly received [in command posts of highest prestige] in her Mission inspiring the world toward a better, safer and more productive future. .Ms. Morrison epitomizes creating multitudes of new sustainable career paying jobs through her unique approach in utilizing the Arts as an Industry. Her approach creates a clean and efficient economic engine [given that the arts are widely known for their high multiplier effect] to drive a future of Legacy renown. Whether it was Ms. Morrison’s paternal family’s historic Fralinger Family Salt Water Taffy Recipe that influenced her artistic taste buds, she is an invaluable asset to the National Arts Institute, Inc.



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