Actress Julie Klein has taken on a new role as president of the Brewery District Association.

Actress Julie Klein has taken on a new role as president of the Brewery District Association.

Klein, a performer and marketing director with Shadowbox Live, said as the theater troupe makes its transition into the neighborhood, it's imperative to reinvigorate the local association.

"It's important to not only have us succeed, it's important to have the whole area succeed," she said.

Located in Easton Town Center for the past 10 years, Shadowbox soon will move to the Worly Building, 503 S. Front St. An August debut is planned.

"We're so excited about going back into a neighborhood," Klein said.

One of her first goals is to sign up new businesses to the Brewery District Association, a neighborhood organization dedicated to "preserving, improving and promoting" the historic district, she said.

"There's a lot of new businesses that have come in and our coming in," she said. "We are reaching out to them."

She also hopes to bring back major events, such as the classic car show, as well as bringing the annual Sketch Comedy Festival at Shadowbox to the new location.

"It's a big task but I'm up for the challenge," she said. "Anything we do right now is going to be a nice step forward."

Brad Kitchen, a Brewery District Association board member and former president, said he contacted Shadowbox once he learned a lease had been signed.

"With all their energy and the excitement about them moving into the area I knew it would be good for somebody from their organization to be in the leadership role," said Kitchen, also president of Alterra Real Estate, located in the Brewery District. "And Julie's really stepped up."

Kitchen acknowledged the organization hasn't been really active in recent years but Shadowbox's recent relocation plans "jump-started things."

The opening of the Arena District caused the Brewery District to lose some momentum, he said.

"It did take a little bit of the wind out of the Brewery District at the time but I think it's all coming around again," he said.