STONINGTON – Cait Robinson became the new artistic director of Opera House Arts effective September 19. Hailing from Brooklin, the seasoned theater manager joins Executive Director Tony Adams and General Manager Pam Getto in the management team. Robinson’s hiring follows a nationwide search.
âShe’s a great director with a deep knowledge of our local communities,â Adams says. âI am delighted with his return to the Opera. His first professional experience after graduating from university was conducting a lecture at the Opera, so it’s back to basics in many ways. She will be a great partner as we build on the incredible legacy of the Opera to grow and evolve the organization for the future. “
Robinson says she is thrilled to be returning to Downeast Maine in this new role.
“It is a special honor to join this incredible team at such a pivotal moment in American theater,” she said. âThe Opera has a strong heritage of inventive and deeply engaged theatrical creation and multidisciplinary artistic programming, and I look forward to creating shared experiences that celebrate the local community and welcome new audiences and voices. “
A graduate of Bowdoin College, Robinson’s recent productions include “The Clean House” at the Portland Stage Company, “Pinocchio” at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, “Proclamation: World Sick” and “Proclamation: Unite” at the American Repertory Theater ( ART), “The House of Bernarda Alba” at Ohio Northern University, and “Gidion’s Knot” and “False Flag” (world premiere) at the Dramatic Repertory Company. She has conducted workshops at the Cincinnati Playhouse, ART, Portland Stage, The Lark, Drama League and New Repertory Theater, among others.
Robinson is a former director of Drama League New York and led the intensive summer college program at the Cape Cod Theater Project. Past Affiliations and Education: Senior Directoring Fellow at Cincinnati Playhouse, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, SDCF Observation Program, Directors Lab West, American Conservatory Theater Fellowship Program, Portland Stage Company Internship, Celebration Barn Theater, Bowdoin College and National Theater Institute (NTI). She is an associate member of the SDC. To learn more about Robinson, visit cait-robinson.com.
The research committee was chaired by David Stephens, vice-chairman of the board. Committee members included Tony Adams, John McVeigh, Joan Sorensen and Julia Whitworth.
Opera House Arts is currently presenting its 22nd consecutive summer season. One of the few theaters open year-round in Maine to operate under an Actors Equity Small Professional Theater contract, Opera House Arts not only presents, but commissions and produces new work by Maine artists. Showing films almost continuously since 1918, the Opera House is normally open 52 weeks a year with a full program of films, community events and exciting original performances. In the last year of the pandemic, Opera House Arts added Drive-In Movies, an outdoor stage in collaboration with the City of Stonington, and virtual programming. For tickets and more information, visit operahousearts.org.