Meet the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Staff:
Olson has been a part-time resident of Vermont for many years. He brings over 30 years of technical and management experience in the performing arts. 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 Theater’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.
Derek comes to the Spruce Peak team after having worked is most facets of the performing arts including performance, stage management, and administration. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management from the University of Hartford and has worked in theatres from Washington D.C. through New Jersey. As a performer of music, Derek has performed and showcased up and down the east coast as a classical vocalist and as a folk act. The greatest part about working in the performing arts for Derek is to see how a great performance can enlighten, empower, and inspire.
Meghan is a native of Stowe who grew up in the hospitality business. After attending school and working in San Francisco and Washington, DC she returned to Vermont to raise her family. For many years she was on the Board and a producer for the Stowe Theatre Guild. She’s worked as a freelance graphic designer and marketing consultant prior to joining the staff of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. She resides in Stowe with her husband and two sons.
TOUSSAINT ST. NEGRITUDE
As a Poet Laureate, musician, milliner, Toussaint conjures all crossroads of jazz, blues, folk, and collective liberation, via the back-road palette of his bass clarinet and the ample declarations of a voice well worth the view. A west-coast native, he is a proud product of revolution-era San Francisco, having been raised and continuously informed by the triumphs of every left-local art-form, to the off-script climbs of northern Vermont. Here, to the promotion of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Toussaint brings an alpine wealth of perspectives, welcoming the world to our doors.
Rebecca is new to Vermont, coming from Virginia and brings over 20 years of experience in Office Management, mostly as an Executive Assistant and Director of Administration. She brings to the Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation extensive experience with non-profit management, working with leadership to establish systems and procedures to maintain accreditation standards, fundraising and database management. She has experience with board management and an overall capacity to build staff and to keep the office humming. She resides in Stowe with her husband Will and they have three sons
Matthew has been a technician from the age of 4, when he painted a swing for Lyric Theatre’s Oklahoma! Since then he has worked his way through every aspect of theatrical production, from running a box office to designing sets. His favorite part of working at SPPAC is the student matinee series. “I firmly believe that technical theatre made me who I am today. I see it as my responsibility to open up that door to the next generation, so that they can experience the magic of the stage.”
John’s fascination with sound dates back to his childhood. He worked as a live sound engineer, recording engineer and record producer in Detroit until he sold his studio and moved to Vermont. He worked for the Stowe radio stations WLVB and WVMX, was the sound designer for several shows at the Hyde Park Opera House, and travelled Vermont as a wedding DJ for Peak Entertainment.
Paula has been involved in theatre since she was 15 and performed in a Burlington Community Theatre production. Since then she has been in charge of building and painting sets, designing costumes, and fabricating props, mostly for Burlington’s Lyric Theatre Company. She comes from a family of “techies,” and is excited to be able to bring her love of theatre to this beautiful setting. She says “Hopefully I can play a small part in helping others to love it too.”
Belinda grew up in Vermont involved in theatre especially the technical side of theater. She earned a degree from the University of VT in education with post graduate work in Exercise Physiology. What she loves about lighting is how subtle visual changes can profoundly affect how the viewer responds to and experiences an event and the physical sensation when the lights “feel right.”
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Patti is a 17 year veteran of Stowe Mountain Resort. She is a Vermonter and has lived in Waterbury for 30 years. She works with us in the box office on show days. She is an avid theater goer and particularly enjoys live music and live theater. Building relationships with our guests is important to her and hopefully your experience with SPPAC will be a positive starting with your ticket purchase and pre-show experience.