COLLEGE HIRES THEATER PRO EX-MUSIC CENTER BOOKING BOSS CHOSEN.Byline: Carol Rock Staff Writer
VALENCIA - A theater manager with more than 20 years of arts administration experience, most recently with the Los Angeles Music Center The Music Center (officially named the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County) is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the nation. Located in downtown Los Angeles, the Music Center is home to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper , has been hired at College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the state. According to the National Junior College Research Association, College of the Canyons consistently ranks in the top 50 community colleges in the nation. , where box office opening-day ticket sales were brisk.
Karen Schmidt, who lives in Glendale, had been the unanimous choice Wednesday night of the college board, which selected her from a field of 22 applicants.
As director of booking and presentations at the Music Center, Schmidt handled programming for four theaters: the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is one of the halls in the Los Angeles Music Center (which is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the United States). The Music Center's other halls include the Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. , Walt Disney Concert Hall This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims.
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This article has been tagged since September 2007. , Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum The Mark Taper Forum is a small thrust stage with 745 seats at the Los Angeles Music Center built by Welton Beckett and Associates. It has presented innovative plays since 1967. The world premiere of Angels In America was produced here. . She also was director of the center's education division, helping artists get national tours and expanding the center's outreach into nine counties and more than 10,000 events.
She also worked as managing director for Chamber Music in Historic Sites and as a producer for the Olympic Arts Festival and the Los Angeles Festival. Her theater experience includes work in the University of Southern California's division of drama, the resident theater company at the University of California, Los Angeles UCLA comprises the College of Letters and Science (the primary undergraduate college), seven professional schools, and five professional Health Science schools. Since 2001, UCLA has enrolled over 33,000 total students, and that number is steadily rising. , and Equity waiver theater.
Schmidt will start her new position as theater manager at College of the Canyons on Sept. 27 and will be paid $80,000 a year. She will report to Michael McMahan, the college's fine arts and humanities dean, and will supervise a small staff of production and technical workers.
``It is just an incredible opportunity to have someone like Karen, who has such experience and can jump right into the job with skills ... of value to us,'' said McMahan, who also serves as the administrative manager of the college's performing-arts center.
``Working with the complicated system at the Music Center, she'll fit right into a complicated college environment with different departments and aspects of the job. The performing arts center A performing arts center, often abbreviated PAC, is a multi-use performance space that can be adapted for use by various types of the performing arts, including dance, music and theatre. requires a balance between city events, college and instructional events and commercial programming for the community. Karen's background fits nicely into creating that balance.''
McMahan said that Schmidt's experience with the arts council in Glendale will also help her maintain good relations between the college and Santa Clarita city government.
Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252