Posted by Roxane Cole
Aimee Petrin is the Executive & Artistic Director of Portland Ovations, an 89-year-old multidisciplinary presenter. Since her 2006 arrival, Petrin has led the organization through three exhaustive strategic planning processes; launched a new arts education and community-based outreach program; secured major funding from Jane’s Trust and a new dedicated Endowment; led Ovations’ first commissions of new works; introduced an expanded contemporary dance series and is actively building audiences in dance, contemporary chamber music and culturally specific art forms. These advancements culminated in the highly successful renaming and rebranding of the organization. In 2010, ‘The Portland Phoenix’ named her one of Portland’s Most Influential People. She is active in the field, participating in regional and national grants panels, showcase juries, curating excursions, and panels; and is committed to initiating and supporting regional performing arts projects. The 2014 commission and stage presentation of Daniel Sonenberg’s “The Summer King,” which went on to enjoy national productions. Petrin is a member of the University of Southern Maine Board of Visitors and is an Advisor to the National Dance Project a program of New England Foundation for the Arts. Previously, she has served on the board of Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the Bates Dance Festival Advisory Board and the Maine Arts Commission and as an international delegate for New England Foundation for the Arts. Petrin was previously at the Flynn Center in Burlington, VT. She graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont.
Her topic is “Backstage at Portland Ovations.” She plans to talk about programming, performers and personalities, as well as operations.