FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 24, 2022

Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York to Bless the New Frank Shiner Theater at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture

NEW YORK, NY –Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York will bless the new Frank Shiner Theater (formerly the Black Box Theater), at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture on February 28 at 4:00 p.m. The blessing will be followed by a reception at The Sheen Center located at 18 Bleecker Street in Manhattan. The new theater is named for award-winning musician, actor, and entrepreneur, Frank Shiner who, with his wife Suzanne, funded recent renovations of the 80-seat black box theater.

Shiner’s relationship with The Sheen Center began in 2019 when he was invited by Board member, actress, and singer, Vanessa Williams, to perform at the Center’s inaugural Christmas benefit concert. He has since remained a loyal patron. In December, 2021 Shiner was the lead sponsor and host of the Center’s annual fundraising event, “Christmas on Bleecker,” sharing the stage with Williams and a host of other performers.

Shiner’s philanthropic work extends to various non-profit organizations, including Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The National Breast Cancer Foundation, The Newcastle Historical Society, The Chappaqua Orchestra, The Chappaqua Performing Arts Center (ChappPAC), and Horace Greeley Theater at Chappaqua High School. The Shiners are members of St. John and St. Mary’s Church in Chappaqua.

Shiner has released two albums and performed in numerous stage and television productions. His most recent album, “Lonely Town Lonely Street” was produced by 13-time Grammy-winning producer, Jay Newland. Shiner performer regularly at venues in and around New York City including 54 Below, The Cutting Room, and the Iridium Jazz Club.

Among all of his accomplishments, Shiner asserts that his most cherished role in life is as a dedicated husband and father to his wife and three children.

For more information about the event or to attend, please RSVP to MaryLou Pagano, Director of Communications and Advancement for The Sheen Center at [email protected] 

Press inquiries for Cardinal Dolan should be directed to the Office of Communications for the Archdiocese of New York by kindly reaching out to [email protected]

About The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture

The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture ( is a cultural arts performance venue on 18 Bleecker Street, North of Houston in downtown Manhattan, offering a vibrant mix of theater, film, music, art and talk events. A project of the Archdiocese of New York, The Sheen Center has as its mission elevating hearts and bringing people of diverse faiths and backgrounds together through artistic performances that reflect the true, the good, and the beautiful in this world. The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture is named for the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, a two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality whose use of print, radio, and television to dialogue with culture inspires The Sheen Center’s mission of engaging culture through civil discourse and the arts. The Sheen Center is a state-of-the-art theater complex that includes the 270-seat off-Broadway Loreto Theater, equipped with five-camera high-definition TV and live-stream capability and a multi-track recording studio; the 80-seat off-off-Broadway Black Box Theater; four rehearsal studios; and an art gallery.