Kathleen Panoff Brings New Vision to The University of Texas at Austin Performing Arts Center

AUSTIN, Texas–With a diverse new performance season and new leadership, The University of Texas at Austin’s Performing Arts Center is poised to broaden and blur the boundaries of what a performing arts center can offer its audiences.

Director Kathleen Panoff has been working on the job, part-time, until her appointment takes effect August 1. She has already played a part in establishing the program for the 2009-2010 Performing Arts Center season, adding a performance by Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer, as well as an evening of conversation with cartoonists Robert Crumb (American Splendor) and Art Spiegelman (Maus). Under her leadership as executive director of the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, she was an active commissioner of new music and recently co-commissioned Steve Reich’s work ‘Double Sextet’ which took home the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Panoff has had a distinguished career in the performing arts, having been the managing director of the Cincinnati Playhouse before founding and running the Modlin Center for 13 years. She has been a development officer for the Celebrity Series of Boston and WGUC-FM, Fine Arts Public Radio in Cincinnati, and owns a private consultancy in fundraising. Panoff is a flutist and singer with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education and conducting from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She is a native of Virginia, and began her career as a music teacher in schools in Texas, Ohio and Virginia.

Read the full Austin American Statesman article.

Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009