PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- One of Portland's greatest secrets is out and it took an international community to spotlight Robyn Williams, executive director of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA). Last month Williams was voted one of the "Top Five Women of Influence" in venue management by thousands of industry professionals worldwide. Her quarter-century of professionalism and leadership was featured in the August issue of Venues Today magazine. "The Women of Influence included a stellar list of women who have made a major impact on their profession and have selflessly mentored others in the industry," said Linda Deckard, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for the trade journal, Venues Today. "Robyn Williams has shown leadership, mentoring skills and upward mobility in this male-dominated industry." Williams, who worked many shows as a stage technician, lighting designer and scenic artist before becoming a performing arts facility executive pioneered backstage safety standards at the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM) Public Assembly Facility Management School. Her practices are now the industry standard worldwide. Robyn Williams is also the reason why Jim Sheeley, Vice President of Broadway Across America Northwest in Seattle, says "every Broadway show on tour wants to come to Portland." He cites her management style, which has built a highly flexible team, and her dedication to keeping Keller Auditorium meticulously maintained and secure. "This is why Keller is the perfect 3,000 seat house on the West Coast, and everyone wants to play there," says Sheeley. Williams also uses her financial acumen to keep the five venues, under her management wing-Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 2,800 seats; Keller Auditorium, 3,000 seats; the Newmark Theatre, 800 seats, Winningstad Theatre, 300 seats; and Brunish Hall -- in healthy fiscal and physical condition 365 days a year. In addition to her work with PCPA and theatre education, Williams is the First Vice President and will become the 2008/2009 President of IAAM. The organization is committed to the professional operation of amphitheaters, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, performing arts venues, and stadiums. Williams is also Past Chair of the Board of Regents for IAAM. The Portland Center for the Performing Arts (http://www.pcpa.com) is the region's premier performing arts venue management organization. PCPA manages the Keller Auditorium, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and the Antoinette Hatfield Hall, which houses the Winningstad and Newmark Theatres and Brunish Hall. Portland Center for the Performing Arts operates under the guidance of the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission (MERC), a subsidiary of Metro that works to promote the livability and economic vitality of the Portland Metropolitan area through sound stewardship, and expert management of its public event venues.
SOURCE Portland Center for the Performing Arts