College of St. Joseph has selected Bruce Bouchard, executive director of the Paramount Theatre in Downtown Rutland, to receive this year’s Commitment to Excellence Award at its annual Provider Scholarship Ball.

“Bruce Bouchard has done a fantastic job in making the Paramount Theatre the primary entertainment venue in the Rutland area, maintaining a wonderful historic property while bringing top-notch performances to our community that appeal to a wide range of audiences,” said Rich Lloyd, CSJ president.” His vision, energy and commitment have been a driving force in the revitalization of downtown Rutland.”

Bouchard will receive the award at this year’s Provider Scholarship Ball, which will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Holiday Inn in Rutland. More information on the ball is available at csj.edu/gala.

Bouchard has been executive director of the Paramount since 2008, having overseen the theater while it has realized a 250 percent growth in programming and more than doubled its annual budget. He recently spearheaded the installation of a state-of-the-art Film Exhibition System upgrade, with the help of the Vermont Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, The City of Rutland, The Johnson Family Foundation, Rutland Regional Medical Center and many individuals.

This new endeavor brings MET LIVE in HD, the newly established SPORTS LIVE: in HD (free of charge to the greater community) and much new content to come.

Bouchard has spent 40 years in the professional theater as an actor, director, and artistic director

As an actor, Bruce appeared in the original productions of two seminal long-running Off Broadway plays: “One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest,” Lanford Wilson’s “Hot L Baltimore,” and the celebrated revival of Robert Lowell’s “The Old Glory.” Bruce also appeared in National Tours of Broadway productions and worked in film and television.  His performance in the Hallmark film, “Moonlight and Mistletoe” as the reluctant banker, Mr. Corwin, seems destined to show up during the holidays for years to come.

Bruce lives in Middletown Springs, Vt., with his wife of 34 years, Kate, and his first dog, (thank you Vermont) a 70-lb Yellow English Lab called Charley (Charles Wallace the Magnificent). Kate and Bruce have recently been blessed with their first grandchild, Rocco James Filloramo.