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Theater artist brings new leadership and talent


Stonington – Concluding a nation-wide search, Opera House Arts (OHA) is delighted to announce that Per Janson will become the new Producing Executive Director, beginning September 24th. Janson succeeds Interim Artistic Director Peter Richards. “Per’s deep theater experience, artistic vision, commitment to community engagement, and his love for the Opera House make him a perfect fit to carry out our mission,” said board co-chairs
Debbie Weil and Ray McCaskey. “We are very excited that a theatre artist and manager of his
caliber is taking the reins of OHA.”

Co-founder and Artistic Director of The Light Fantastic Theater Company in Brooklyn, NY, Janson is a seasoned theater artist with 15 years of experience as a producer, director, actor and educator. The Light Fantastic brings dynamic productions of classic plays to community centers, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, senior centers and other nontraditional venues. He was the director of The Light Fantastic’s production of The Glass Menagerie, which was performed to acclaim in 2017 at OHA’s Burnt Cove Community Church venue. Janson is also
known to Opera House theatergoers for his acting roles in several productions, including Orlando, R&J&Z, Antony and Cleopatra, and the title role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.

Janson has worked previously at The Public Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Trinity Repertory Co., The Guthrie Theater, Cherry Lane Theatre, Company of Fools and The Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College, his M.A. in Theatre & Performance Studies from Brown University, and his M.F.A. in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep. Janson has taught workshops at Opera House Arts and in the Deer Isle/Stonington schools, and he served recently as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Drama at CUNY: The College of Staten Island
and as Artist-in-Residence at Grinnell College. OHA’s Search Committee completed a five-month national search that drew several dozen candidates. Three finalists each spent two days in Stonington in July for extensive in-person
interviews and conversations with OHA’s staff, Community Advisory Board and other community members.

Said Janson, “I am thrilled to be joining forces with OHA’s hard-working staff and board, and with the vibrant community of Deer Isle/Stonington, as we build on OHA’s legacy of wideranging, high-quality, ambitious programming, and as we continue to welcome old friends as well as new audiences and artists to this unique organization.”Janson takes over from Peter Richards, who, as Interim Artistic Director, led Opera House Arts
for six months following the resignation of Producing Artistic Director Meg Taintor in January

About Opera House Arts
Opera House Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was originally established to restore the historic Stonington Opera House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to its original role as a center for performance and a community gathering space. Now in its 18th year, OHA produces live theater, music and dance in both the Stonington Opera House, and its second stage, the restored Burnt Cove Church Community Center. Opera House Arts’ high quality, original, professional performance programs serve all of Hancock County’s winter and summer residents and visitors, of all ages, with special emphasis on the residents and students of Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula. OHA offers a full yearroundschedule of professional theater, film, educational programs, digital media, concerts, and community events.

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