Dean's Advisory Council: Naima Kradjian


Naima Kradjian

Chief Executive Officer,
Goodwill Theatre, Inc.

Naima (Eriksen) Kradjian holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in performance and theatre history from the University of Florida and attended Penn State University's master of fine arts program.

Since 1987, she has devoted her efforts to making a difference in the Greater Binghamton arts community.

Kradjian is the chief executive officer of Goodwill Theatre, Inc., in Johnson City, N.Y. The theater operates the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, which will be integrated into a performing arts and conference center complex in the coming months. The development of this complex is part of a plan to create a "health and cultural district" in Johnson City; she helped spearhead this plan.

Kradjian is also one of the founders of the multi-award-winning First Night® Binghamton New Year's Eve festival. In addition, she has received many state and local awards for community service, including the national Jefferson Award for public service.

At present, she serves on the board of the UHS Foundation. She is a past chair and present member of the Binghamton University Forum as well as a past trustee at SUNY Broome Community College. Kradjian has served on several local arts and human-services boards, and has been on the advisory board of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in New York City. Additionally, she coordinated the opening ceremony events for the three Empire State Games held in the Southern Tier.

Prior to living in Greater Binghamton, Kradjian performed off Broadway and in several regional theaters. During that time, she also appeared on the soap opera All My Children as gossip columnist Audrey Wilson and in national television commercials. While in Manhattan, she performed her one-woman cabaret act in several clubs and as the opening act for Eartha Kitt.

Kradjian resides in Endwell with her dog, Gunnar.