STONINGTON — Cait Robinson became Opera House Arts’ new Artistic Director starting Sept. 19. Originally from Brooklin, the experienced theater director joins Executive Director Tony Adams and General Manager Pam Getto on the leadership team. Robinson’s hiring follows a national search.
“She’s a great director with a deep knowledge of our local communities,” Adams says. “I’m excited to have her return to the Opera House. Her first professional experience out of college was directing a reading at the Opera House, so it’s a homecoming in many ways. She will be a great partner as we build upon the amazing legacy of the Opera House to grow and evolve the organization for the future.”
Robinson says she is thrilled to return to Downeast Maine in this new role.
“It is a special honor to join this incredible staff at such a pivotal moment in the American theater,” she said. “The Opera House has a strong legacy of inventive, deeply engaged theater-making and multidisciplinary arts programming, and I look forward to creating shared experiences that both celebrate the local community and welcome new audiences and voices.”
A Bowdoin College graduate, Robinson’s recent productions include “The Clean House” at Portland Stage Company, “Pinocchio” at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, “Proclamation: World Sick” and “Proclamation: Unite” at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), “The House of Bernarda Alba” at Ohio Northern University, and “Gidion’s Knot” and “False Flag” (world premiere) at Dramatic Repertory Company. She has directed workshops at Cincinnati Playhouse, A.R.T., Portland Stage, The Lark, the Drama League, and New Repertory Theater, among others.
Robinson is a former Drama League New York Directing Fellow and headed the college Summer Intensive Program at Cape Cod Theatre Project. Past affiliations and training: Senior Directing Fellow at Cincinnati Playhouse, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, SDCF Observership program, Directors Lab West, American Conservatory Theater fellowship program, Portland Stage Company internship, Celebration Barn Theater, Bowdoin College, and the National Theater Institute (NTI). She is an associate member of SDC. More on Robinson can be found at cait-robinson.com.
The Search Committee was chaired by David Stephens, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. 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 only a handful of year-round theaters in Maine to operate under an Actors Equity Small Professional Theater contract, Opera House Arts not only presents but commissions and produces new work from Maine artists. Showing movies nearly continuously since 1918, the Opera House is normally open 52 weeks a year with a full schedule of film, community events and exciting original performances. During the past year of the pandemic, Opera House Arts has added Drive-In Movies, an outdoor stage in collaboration with the Town of Stonington, and virtual programming. For tickets and more info, visit operahousearts.org.