January 16, 2021

Claremont Opera condominium names new director

CLAREMONT — As many arts groups in and around the higher Valley proceed to supply delightfully fresh revues of pandemic-era theatrical choices with their diverse entrance-of-condominium audience experiences adapted for the digital stage, the Claremont Opera house has been making strikes to be sure that the indicates go on.

On Monday, the Claremont Opera residence Board of directors introduced that Andrew Pinard, founder and operator of Hatbox Theatre in harmony, will turn into the brand new govt creative director starting in January. Pinard, a resident of Bradford, involves the Claremont Opera residence with an in depth 30-12 months career as a full-time performer, theatre artist, actor, director, and scenic and lights fashion designer.

“Our [Claremont Opera House Board of Directors] went via an extensive search procedure to team of workers the right adult to steer us via 2021 and past, with a focus on new revenue generating opportunities, expanded programming and theatre maintenance,” spoke of Claremont Opera residence Board President Felicia Brych Dalke in a statement issued Monday afternoon. “We talked to a lot of gifted arts leaders across New Hampshire, but Andrew’s ideas for our future are why we chosen him.”

Pinard has additionally labored within the enviornment of household programming, exceptionally writing and adapting a number of performs for household audiences, directing the brand new England summer Arts program, and educating theatre for 5 years at Pembroke Academy.

Even earlier than he formally takes the position as new executive artistic director at the Claremont Opera condo, Pinard has potent connections right through New England, including with the West Claremont core for song and the humanities (WCCMA) led with the aid of executive Director Melissa Richmond.

“WCCMA is terribly a good deal looking forward to working with Andrew Pinard and the Claremont Opera apartment as Claremont’s downtown revitalization continues and the creativity within the city grows,” Richmond mentioned. “Andrew’s theater and performance venue journey, in addition to his enthusiasm, should be an asset to Claremont Opera condominium and the Claremont enviornment inventive neighborhood.”

Collaboration with the WCCMA will be vital for Pinard as the corporation will soon be moving round the corner to the Claremont Opera house.

Pinard and the Claremont Opera apartment have got phrases of encouragement for this fresh move.

“the brand new Hampshire State Council on the humanities congratulates the Claremont Opera condo on hiring Andrew Pinard as its subsequent government director,” pointed out Director Ginnie Lupi. “His colossal experience and entrepreneurial strategy will benefit the corporation and community drastically, and we appear forward to working with him.”

Pinard may be succeeding former Claremont Opera apartment executive Director Louanne Lewit who retired in September after 15 years of tough work and dedication to the area arts neighborhood that absolutely won’t be forgotten.

“we are able to’t thank Louanne satisfactory for her twenty years of dedicated carrier to the Claremont Opera residence,” Dalke referred to. “we are able to have a neighborhood celebration for her retirement when secure to acquire in late spring.”

After a protracted, hard year stricken by uncertainty, the Claremont Opera condominium and all performing arts venues are looking towards a better and brighter yr forward.

“Even with the COVID-19 challenges, we necessary to circulate forward with staffing otherwise we would have had to shut our doorways for the 2021 season, and for me that become not an alternative,” Dalke referred to.

To permit the staffing to proceed, the Claremont Opera residence launched a Renaissance campaign in November to aid fund staffing for 2021, while the venue plans for a safe transition to fully reopen. The Claremont Opera condominium Board of directors is asking for neighborhood guide to support obtain their crusade dreams. extra suggestions concerning the 2021 Renaissance campaign and the status of the Claremont Opera residence is available at claremontoperahouse.org.