posted at 12:50 pm Wed Aug 29th, 2012 by (WherezIt_Staff)
The Board of Directors of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe is pleased to announce that Lance Olson has been selected to be its Executive Director.
Olson will join SPPAC on August 27, 2012 with the charge of expanding on the not-for-profit Arts Center's successes, building diverse programming and educational outreach opportunities, and increasing membership support beyond its initial 37 Founders.
"The Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation Directors are thrilled to welcome Lance Olson to the Stowe Community," said Walter Frame, President of the Board. "Lance was selected from an impressive batch of candidates and brings to Stowe the energy and 30-year experience that will propel the Arts Center to great success. Lance recognizes the importance of partnering with the Stowe Community, and his first task will be meeting with local residents and business leaders to gain their perspective on enhancing our community-focused arts center."
Olson has been a part-time resident of Vermont for many years, but is relocating from Massachusetts to take the directorship of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. He brings over 30 years of technical and management experience in the performing arts to the position. He was the founding Associate Director of ArtsEmerson, The World On Stage. As manager of the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston for nearly 20 years, Olson created partnerships among many of Boston's exceptional arts groups. He also transformed the Majestic from the "grand dame" of Boston's theatres into the most active in downtown Boston's historic theatre district, with 45 weeks of performances attracting 125,000 people each year. He created Emerson's "Majestic Masters" series that presented such artists as Eve Ensler performing The Good Body, Aquila Theatre's Hamlet, Attack Theatre's Games of Steel, and the Guthrie Theater's Othello.
Before joining Emerson College, Olson was Program Manager at Newark (NJ) Symphony Hall, and founding Managing Director of Rutgers SummerFest. The SummerFest program featured art, music, dance, theatre and opera in ten venues around New Brunswick, New Jersey, with 125 performances in July and August each season. He holds an MFA degree in Theatre Administration from Brooklyn College.
"A vibrant creative environment benefits our families, schools, businesses, and artists," Olson stated. "Stowe and the surrounding communities are fortunate to have such a robust artistic base, and I believe the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center can help enhance this important attribute of our area -- and it brings us fun to boot! I'm absolutely thrilled to be called to help and looking forward to making new friends and learning how we may work together."
The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization dedicated and committed to entertaining, educating, and engaging our diverse communities of Stowe and beyond. The 420-seat multi-use theatre, which opened in December 2010, offers world-renowned entertainment as well as emerging artists and performers from around the region, state, nation and world. The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center is located at 122 Hourglass Drive, Stowe, Vermont, at the base of Spruce Peak.
Stowe, VT 05672 (Set as Local)