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
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