Camelot Theatre and its Board of Directors announced that Olivia Carbone will take over as the company’s next Artistic Director, assuming the role August 15th. As Artistic Director, Ms. Carbone will be responsible for bringing to life Camelot’s artistic vision, “where Broadway meets Talent.” She joins Executive Director Dann Hauser in working with Camelot’s Board and staff to ensure the continued success of the Theatre’s mission to create and produce outstanding productions and programs for the Southern Oregon and Northern California region.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am very excited to announce the selection of Olivia Carbone as the next Artistic Director of Camelot Theatre,” said Board President Jim Fredericks. “Olivia brings that rare combination of business savvy and artistic talent. Her breadth of experience in the theater world includes experience in acting, production, directing, and the technical aspects of theater. Additionally she is an advocate for inclusiveness, and has a strong vision for Camelot’s future and for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. She will also expand our education and outreach programs, while continuing to foster diversity, and strengthen our ties to the community.”
Carbone is a Theatre Arts graduate and former Adjunct Instructor of Southern Oregon University’s Theatre Arts program. Her theatrical resume in the Rogue Valley is extensive, and includes work in front of, on, and behind the stage. Additionally, she has worked in event coordination and project management, allowing her to add budget management, training, and organizational development to her resume.
“I am thrilled to welcome Olivia into her new role at Camelot and as my partner. We’ve worked briefly together and I respect her tenacity, hard work, creativity, and ability to deliver incredible performances,” said Executive Director Dann Hauser. “I know that she'll continue using her talents to develop excellent productions and build new partnerships with both artists and community members. Together, we’ll take Camelot forward.”
“I’m excited for another female Artistic Director in the local theatre community,” said Valerie Rachelle, Artistic Director for The Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland. “Women have historically been under represented in artistic leadership roles. I look forward to seeing this change at Camelot and working together with Olivia.”
Gwen Overland, a seasoned Equity Actor, Director, Music Director, and International novelist worked with Ms. Carbone previously. “I’m so glad she’s returning to Camelot. She’s a strong force in technical coordination and directing. Her skills in Ghost and Who Killed Liberty Valance show she is a consummate theatre professional. Definitely someone to watch!”
“This theater is an absolute gem in the Rogue Valley,” said Ms. Carbone. “My number one priority is the continued growth and health of Camelot and its artists and patrons. We are so lucky to have such breadth of local talent, and I look forward to reaching out and working together to build on our wonderful Camelot legacy.”
ABOUT CAMELOT. Camelot Theatre Company, located in Talent, Oregon, is a semi-professional community Theatre founded in 1982 – now celebrating its 40th Season of Broadway musicals, comedies, plays and exclusive Spotlight Tributes to musical legends. Housed in the state-of-the-art James Collier Theatre Building, built in 2010, Camelot is “where Broadway meets Talent.”
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