Members in the News

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Organization Announcements & Awards 

Ballet Nouveau Colorado Changes Name to Wonderbound 
Ballet Nouvaeu Colorado, WAA’s 2012 Performance West company of Carry On, shook things up this past December: in rewriting the company’s mission, artistic directors Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay came to a brand new name for the company: Wonderbound. The name change also coincides with the company moving into a new studio, located in the artsy Five Points district of Denver. 

Bing Concert Hall Opens at Stanford University 
On January 11, Stanford Live celebrated the opening of its newest hall, Bing Concert Hall. The 842-seat vineyard style concert hall (set in the round, but not rotating) cost $112 million, which was funded in large part by university trustee Peter Bing and his wife, Helen. It was designed by Ennead Architects, the company’s fourth project at Stanford University, with acoustics by Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, whose other projects include The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. 

WAA Members Win 2013 NAPAMA Awards 
On January 14, Tim Drake and Larry Kosson of The Roots Agency were presented with the first NAPAMA Award for Excellence as a Manager and/or Agent in the Performing Arts. Tim and Larry joined forces in 2010. The NAPAMA Award for Excellence in Presenting went to Peter Zimmerman at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. 

Annick-Patricia Carrière of Agence Station Bleue named CAPACOA Artist/Manager of the Year 
On January 26, CAPACOA announced Annick-Patricia Carrière of Agence Station Bleue as the 2013 CAPACOA Artist/Manager of the Year. Annick founded Agence Station Bleue with her business partner Gabriel Paré in the year 2000. Over the past 13 years, Annick has been devoted to developing the national and international careers of the Agency's artists, including Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, The Montréal Guitare Trio, Quartango and many others. 

Staff Announcements 

Greg Geilmann Retires from Kingsbury Hall 
Greg Geilmann retired as Executive Director of Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah on October 13, 2012. In his 18-year tenure he oversaw a $14 million renovation to the theater facilities and was instrumental in creating Kingsbury Hall Presents. "I am honored that the University of Utah entrusted me with the stewardship of Kingsbury Hall, a Utah landmark and National Historic Site, for nearly two decades," said Greg. "I am proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to seeing what new heights will be achieved in the future." 

Itzik Becher Joins UA Presents 
Itzik Becher joined UA Presents as Director of Development in January. He is running his own company, Aviv Productions, alongside this new role. 

Evy Warshawski Assumes Executive Directorship at Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center 
On March 11 the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (COC) announced that Evy Warshawski had been selected as the center’s new Executive Director. Evy assumes the role with more than 25 years of experience, most recently as Executive/Artistic Director of the Napa Valley Opera House from 2004 to 2011. “I am so excited to be joining the team at COC and I look forward to learning about the college and community,” Warshawski said. “My career has been focused on bringing artistic excellence to diverse communities and deepening that experience for participants of all ages. Building upon the current success of PAC programs and extending that reach,” added Warshawski, “are goals I will embrace in my new position.” 

Jenny Bilfield Leaves Stanford Lively Arts 
On April 1, Jenny Bilfield – Stanford Live’s Artistic Director – assumed a new role as President and CEO of the Washington Performing Arts Society in Washington, DC. She was with Stanford for seven years. While there Jenny oversaw the program’s transition from Stanford Lively Arts to Stanford Live, an accompanying expansion in programming, and also served on the core team that supervised the planning and construction of the $112-million Bing Concert Hall, which opened January 11 of this year. 

Jill Barnes Named Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts 
The Washington Center for the Perfomring Arts announced April 3 that Jill Barnes will take the helm in June, 2013. “The Washington Center board took its time to find exactly the right person to lead an amazing staff and a magnificent theatre into a brand new era,” said Board of Directors Chair George Le Masurier. “Jill is an energetic and innovative leader who comes to us at a time of exciting transformation. While we create a new exterior design for the center in partnership with the City of Olympia, Jill will bring a new passion for the performing arts on the inside.” Jill currently serves as Executive Director of the Idaho Falls Arts Council in Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

John Michael Schert Steps Down from Trey McIntyre Project 
John Michael Schert announced his departure from Trey McIntyre Project on May 5. He served as the company’s first Executive Director and was a co-founding member and dancer alongside Trey McIntyre and Anne Mueller. 

In Memory Of… 

Ellen Ketchum, 1939-2012 
Ellen Ketchum, former Chief Officer of The Alex Theatre, passed away on December 31, 2012, after battling ovarian cancer the past two years. She was 74. Ellen retired not long before her passing from Lone Star Montgomery College where she taught Acting, Film and also directed many productions; she also taught and produced at Occidental College, served on the faculty and Arts Administration at the University of Southern California, and was Theater Manager at Cal State Los Angeles. She was also the recipient of multiple Lester Horton Dance Awards for FEETSPEAK. 

Jil Rosentrater, 1947-2013 
Jil Rosentrater, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Greeley, Colorado, for 25 years, died February 17 from ovarian cancer. She was 65. During her time with the city she helped conceive, open, and program the Union Colony Civic Center. Beginning in 2006, Jill served as Director of Art in Public Places for the State of Colorado. In 2000, Jil received the Bonfils-Stanton Arts & Humanities Award, and Foundation President Dorothy Horrell said that “the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation honored Jil for her singular role in shaping Greeley's cultural scene, including the development of the Union Colony Civic Center and still-popular programs such as the community arts picnic. In more recent years, Jil's work leading the state's public art program has left a lasting impact on communities throughout Colorado,” 

Harvey Lavan “Van” Cliburn, 1934-2013 
Van Cliburn died on February 27, after a battle with bone cancer. He was 78. The internationally-renowned pianist was the first classical music star of the television age, and the only classical musician ever given a ticker-tape parade – New York’s highest honor – for winning the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow 1958, just months after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I. Van is credited with improving cultural relations between the US and Russia during the Cold War years. Shortly after his win in Moscow the Cliburn Foundation was founded, and the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was held in 1962. This year’s competition – the foundation’s 14th – is dedicated to Van. 

Robin Hodgkin, 1959-2013 
Robin Hodgkin passed away on March 17 at the age of 54. Robin was the 2008 recipient of WAA’s Darlene Neel Mentoring Award, and had served as Community Arts Development Program Coordinator of the Nevada Arts Council since 2002. 

Elly Pardo, 1946-2013 
Elly Pardo passed away April 15 from cancer. She was 66. Elly founded Dance for Power in Oakland, CA, in 1993, which eventually moved to Stockton in 2003. She maintained an individual membership with WAA up until her death.