SAN ANGELO, TX – The San Angelo Performing Arts Center announced it will has welcomed a new Interim Executive Director. San Angelo native Elena Kent will be at the helm of the organization.
Kent holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and has a vast experience in the arts that includes non-profit administration, directing, stage performance, art education, community outreach, and studio art.
Born and raised in San Angelo, Kent has been involved in the development and implementation of many arts programs in the Concho Valley for the past 17 years.
In 2004, she became the Youth Director at Angelo Civic Theatre. She remained in that position until 2011 when she founded Be Theatre and served as the Founding Artistic Director for the past 10 years.
"SAPAC is delighted that Elena has agreed to be our interim Executive Director. Elena's leadership, creativity, and experience are just what we need as we restart our operations," said SAPAC Board President Larry Hettick in a statement. "The past year has been difficult for the arts, but we are sure Elena can help SAPAC come back even stronger. We are also pleased that she will continue to play an ongoing role at Be Theatre while SAPAC continues our focus on enabling local arts organizations."
According to SAPC, Kent will focus on developing a rigorous strategic planning process to bring the organization into its next chapter and enhance the work they do.
“For now I want to focus on the present and sorting our way through one of the most difficult year’s the performing arts industry has ever seen,” said Kent. “I am very honored to lead the journey and work alongside other talented artists. The rest will fall into place!”
Her goals include developing a community-minded arts campus, as well as working closely with the board of directors to provide more educational programming with plans to bring interactive touring productions to San Angelo.