Portland Center for the Performing Arts Executive Director Receives International Recognition as one of the 'Top Five Women of Influence'

Robyn Williams' innovative style ensures fiscal acumen while fostering

community awareness for the arts

Sep 19, 2007, 01:00 ET from Portland Center for the Performing Arts

    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