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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, September 6, 2018
Opera House Arts names new director

Per Janson

Per Janson, a New York-based theater professional, will become the Producing Executive Director of Opera House Arts beginning September 24.

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Concluding a nationwide search, Opera House Arts recently announced that Per Janson will become the new Producing Executive Director, beginning September 24. 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,” board co-chairs Debbie Weil and Ray McCaskey said in a news release. “We are very excited that a theater 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, N.Y., 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 received his B.A. from Grinnell College, his M.A. in Theater & 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.

“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 wide-ranging, high-quality, ambitious programming, and as we continue to welcome old friends as well as new audiences and artists to this unique organization,” Janson said.