Opera Dwelling Arts’ new director commenced this week

STONINGTON — Tony Adams, former artistic director of Chicago’s Halcyon Theatre from 2006 to 2019, commenced operate Monday as Opera Household Arts’ new government director. Adams was amid additional than 100 candidates who utilized for the position. He succeeds For each Janson, who resigned previous July. The prepare is to hire a component-time director of inventive programs much too.

Both of those Adams and his wife, Jennifer, co-started the nonprofit Halcyon Theatre, an revolutionary theater ensemble, in Chicago’s Albany Park Community. The Adamses strived to make their theater’s stage “as assorted as the town of Chicago — presenting new voices from inadequately represented communities and recasting common will work to showcase their modern relevance.”

Adams productively lifted cash through specific functions and grants. He mentored emerging artists and co-produced a seven-calendar year competition of feminine playwrights. As aspect of that quest, he forged partnerships with community and cultural organizations in the Latinx, African-American and Asian-American communities that comprise Albany Park.

“Tony will be a powerful company leader to acquire Opera Property Arts into its subsequent iteration,” reported Invoice Anderson, chairman of Opera House Arts’ board of directors. “The pandemic developed unexpected difficulties in the research course of action, specifically in our means to carry candidates to the island, and we’re really grateful to the nine users of the search committee who worked tirelessly for months to be certain we situated the best in shape for OHA and for the island.”

Adams delivers 20 years of experience in fundraising, budgeting, marketing and communications, including: analytics and info administration. He also has knowledge in public relations, grant-producing, promoting, video preparing and execution, graphic design and style, photography and world wide web development. 

“Tony Adams is a neighborhood-minded leader with several yrs of working experience in the carrying out arts,” stated Shoni Currier, director of the Bates Dance Pageant, who realized Adams while operating in Chicago. “I’ve viewed him rally artists and audiences together in his roles in Chicago as very well as at TempoArt in Portland. He’ll carry thrilling strategies to the Opera House!”

Adams states understanding about Opera Home Arts and its evolution has been inspiring. 

“It [Stonington Opera House] has served as a community anchor and gathering location for over 100 many years. I grew up in a reasonably rural area that did not have everything like OHA,” he claimed. “I know how massive of a gap there would be without the need of the Opera Dwelling. I adore the broad vary of creative and community plans and being aware of there is a thing to welcome everybody. That is not legitimate everywhere you go.”

Adams, Opera Dwelling Arts staff and the OHA Board intention to carry to the Stonington Opera Household, Burnt Cove Church Community Centre, the Stonington ballfield, the faculties and other neighborhood venues a calendar of performances and programs to touch the hearts and minds of current and new viewers customers.

The much larger-than-ordinary look for committee represented the variety of the island communities and was co-chaired by OHA Board users Grace Gregor and Ray McCaskey. Committee associates involved Kathleen Billings, Galen Koch, Bob Lasky, John Lincoln, John McVeigh, Ron Stegall and Nancy Wilson. Wilson also chairs OHA’s Group Advisory Board.

To discover much more about Adams, observe for an forthcoming job interview in OHA’s “Coffee on the Couch” collection at operahousearts.org. 

Extra information and facts about the new govt director will proceed to be made available there.

Opera House Arts is embarking on its 22nd consecutive summer season in 2021. Tickets for all summer months situations, like flicks, will go on sale soon and be readily available only on-line, in accordance with the theater’s COVID-19 insurance policies and enhancements. 

Photograph CAPTION:  TONY ADAMS, a Chicago-centered theater skilled most just lately operating in Portland, Maine, will turn out to be Opera Household Arts’ fourth Govt Director April 5. Adams will be joined by a new, section-time Director of Inventive Applications later on this 12 months.