Karen McQueary Appointed to Gillioz Theatre for Arts & Entertainment's Board of Directors
Rosie is excited to celebrate Karen McQueary’s appointment.
While living a number of places throughout the country in her early years, Karen McQueary moved to Springfield, MO to study at Missouri State University and fell in love with the city. After graduating with a BA in Communications/Public Relations she stayed in Springfield and worked in marketing for the first few years of her career.
After marrying her husband, John McQueary, Karen took her first steps into design while building their personal residence. After the sale of the family business, McQueary Bros. John, Karen, and Brother-in-law Billy, looked for a project that would be a further catalyst for the redevelopment of downtown and be a showpiece for the city that held their heart. In 2015 they opened Hotel Vandivort a high-end boutique hotel in Springfield’s downtown historic masonic temple building. Karen’s primary role was leading and executing the design vision behind the project.
Hotel Vandivort was embraced by the community and found early success including being named the 2015 Boutique Hotel of the Year by the Boutique Hotel and Lodging Association. On the heels of this success the McQuearys decided to expand the hotel and in 2019 opened the adjacent, newly built V2 building. This development doubled the hotel’s guest room capacity and once again showcased their beloved city through the addition of Vantage Rooftop Lounge and Conservatory. Karen again lead the design vision for the creation of these unique spaces.
Karen remains active in the running of Hotel Vandivort with matters of design, marking, and customer experience. She has served on local boards and continues to invest her time and energies into projects which further the mission of “making” Springfield the place you want to live.
The Gillioz Theatre for Arts & Entertainment
The restoration of the historic Gillioz Theatre was completed in October 2006, eighty years after the original opening. In its early years, the Gillioz was Springfield’s premier entertainment venue, hosting a number of movie premiers and vaudeville shows. Both the lobby and auditorium have been restored to their original 1926 condition.
With a seating capacity of 595 on Orchestra level and 420 in the Balcony, The Gillioz offers Springfield a perfectly sized venue for many events. The Gillioz Theatre in conjunction with the Jim D. Morris Building serves a plethora of functions including; Broadway productions, theatre, movies, religious gatherings, arts education, dining, rehearsals, school programs, banquets, receptions, concerts, film festivals, weddings, seminars/conventions, and television broadcasts.