UA, Civic to collaborate on performing arts venues

UA, Civic to collaborate on performing arts venues

UA, Civic to collaborate on performing arts venues

The College of Akron and Akron Civic Theatre have introduced a new partnership that’s expected to carry a larger sized wide variety of arts programming to a number of Akron efficiency venues through a group-extensive tactic.

The 1-yr arrangement brings Akron Civic Theatre Govt Director Howard Parr on board as an arts and tradition adviser to UA President Gary L. Miller, a partnership that also joins the scheduling operations, operational tactic and party oversight of E.J. Thomas Doing Arts Hall with these at the Civic and Goodyear Theater. The new collaboration is an outgrowth of the university’s college-led AkronArts initiative that was introduced by Miller in May possibly.

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Parr stated he’s energized about the new collaborative. 

With Parr now supplying what he describes as “collaborative management” with the existing E.J. team in programming, advertising and marketing and patron products and services, all of the venues will have the capacity to guide “the right activities at the suitable venues on the right dates.”

University of Akron President Gary L. Miller

“It is been a thing I have been hoping to see for a long time now,” he mentioned. “It presents us the flexibility that if there is some thing that would like to materialize that for whatsoever cause, E.J. is unquestionably unavailable, then it could come about at both the Civic or Goodyear Theater. And conversely — and this actually does materialize all the time — demonstrates that want to occur at the Civic Theatre, if the Civic Theatre’s not accessible, will be introduced at E.J.”

Margo Ohlson, left, the director of E.J. Thomas Hall and Dominic Cardarelli, senior account manager, decorate the lobby of the theater for the holidays on the University of Akron campus Friday in Akron.

Now, with all the venues working with each other, “a show that would like to play Akron, time period, can enjoy where ever the right location is,” Parr said, allowing for a higher assortment of programming. 

He also expects to combine Lock 3 through the agreement with UA, all of which allows link the university to downtown, a major concept of UA’s AkronArts initiative.

Miller said Parr was the right person with the correct experience for the partnership.

Howard Parr, executive director of the Akron Civic Theatre.

“When we started out this Akron arts initiative, it was really clear that Howard was 1 of the folks in the group that was related with pretty much every person else in the arts local community,” Miller claimed. “He’s very collaborative and has a deep love for the neighborhood, as he’s demonstrated for a long time.”

Parr formerly did booking for E.J. Thomas Corridor beginning in 2015, after UA cuts hit the hall tricky and there was communicate of it closing. The Civic also took more than ticketing functions then, which it continues to do under a different agreement from the freshly introduced partnership.