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Testimonials and Connections at the Newport Performing Arts Center

“The PAC was a safe and exciting place for fun, learning, and just plain growing up. I’ll always cherish it’s memories and hope to some day see another little girl like me look back on all of those rooms with a smile and a warm heart.” – Emily Fox, Newport School of Artistic Movement, Theater Camp

“I met so many crazy, fun loving people there. The Newport PAC was a place of discovery for me.” – Ben Fox, Theater Camp

“There are usually about three projects happening at once; you can go from one room to the next and find yourself in a completely different show. The PAC is at the center of all this energy and creativity; it’s an exhilarating environment to 'live' in.” – Dana Fleck, Theater Camp / Newport High School Theater

“It’s of course not just the physical building of the PAC that’s significant, but the community around it that makes the PAC such a valuable place for young people to learn and develop important new skills.” – Nathan Ball, Engineer-MIT / Beat Boxer / TV Host / Pianist

“The PAC is a hot bed of dreamers, of adults who are young at heart, of people who are happier on stage than anywhere else. We young thespians were so inspired by this environment that we couldn’t imagine our lives without the arts. For those of us who chose to become 'starving artists,' we owe a debt of gratitude to all of the people who are the PAC for always believing in us, our talent, and our dreams.” – Erica Brookhyser, Opera Singer, Darmstadt Opera House, Germany

“Being a part of the PAC Family is so much fun. Every year I grew as a person because theater camp would push my imagination and push me out of my bubble.” – Monique Michelle Betty, Ballet Dancer, The New Ballet Idaho

“The PAC was a huge part of my life growing up. I feel blessed to have been exposed to the opportunities and experiences the PAC offered.” – Elizabeth Eastman, danced at the Ground-Breaking and performed in recitals, plays, and musicals

"I remember being on stage when no one else was around and most of the lights were off. Looking out into the darkness, I could feel the remnants of the energy that was created during the shows that passed through. We had the opportunity to contribute our energy in a way that moved us and others in a good direction.” – Andrew Eastman, Bumblebee at Age 4 to Devil at Age 18

"The PAC is a wonderful venue that provides countless opportunities both for patrons and performers. Every production I have been involved in at the PAC has opened doors to new opportunities, as well as personal and professional connections." – Milo Graamans, Videographer & Pianist

"I grew up at the PAC, as a person and an artist. I was pretty sure a more beautiful place didn't exist in the whole world. I've performed on many stages since, (some not nearly as nice), but that was at the PAC that I learned to love to perform and I will always remember is as a magical place." – Michaela Shoberg, Dancer

"The Newport Performing Arts Center was the most important element in the development of my teenage years and my future career as a professional theater designer. I benefited from the incredible family of interdisciplinary artists that come together under one roof and inspire each other and their community. Through the programs affiliated with the PAC I had the opportunity to study fine art, dance, acting, circus and most importantly (to me) try my hand at theatrical design. I count myself as an incredibly lucky individual to have had access to the resources of the PAC's facility and nurturing artistic community while growing up in Newport." – Zane Pihlstrom, Theater Designer - Costumes and Scenery

"Growing up in Newport and performing at the PAC, with its state of the art facilities and top-notch performances, made my transition to professional life working as a dancer in New York City seamless." – Jennifer Harmer, Dancer

"I know the Newport Performing Arts Center very intimately, as it was basically my second home growing up! It provided a place for our wildly prolific local dance schools, theater companies and musicians to unleash their talents and create with abandon. It was on the PAC stage that I discovered the magic of live performance, and where I grew to understand that that magic could become my life path." – Amber Star Merkens, Dancer, Mark Morris Dance Company

"The Performing Arts Center provided not only a wonderful facility which allowed my passion for performing to blossom, but most importantly fostered an incredible community of people which continues to sustain and inspire me." – Joannah Ball, Musical Theater and Opera

“Newport is a unique place. If you look up and down the coast of the Pacific Northwest, no place compares to Newport. The fishing community, Performing Arts Center and the OSU Science Center really highlight the character of why we love it here.” – Sky Schroeder, Newport Optometrist

"People often ask us, why did we choose to come to Newport? We were drawn because it has an aquarium and a symphony orchestra. Although we came for the orchestra, we have certainly stayed for the rich variety of opportunity in the arts including Met Opera in HD, quality stage performances, and the ability to become personally acquainted with nationally recognized artists in Newport and Toledo. We are indeed fortunate." – John Lavrakas, Advanced Research Corporation, Newport

"When we are recruiting health care professionals to serve Newport, we often point out the Performing Arts Center as a true bona-fide resource of the community. The PAC is a an attraction to people who are considering living and working in our community, and to have this cultural resource available." – David Bigelow, Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital Administrator

"No matter where I travel, when I say 'Newport' I often hear—Is that the little town where they built that wonderful performing arts center? When raising funds for the construction of the PAC, we said the center would make a difference in the lives of Newport’s youth and their families, and encourage out of town visitors—and it has!" – Sharon Morgan, former OCCA Executive Director

"The Performing Arts Center is a special venue on the coast. The planned improvements to the acoustics will help the sound bloom, and waft over the audience! It will take the hall from a lecture hall to a real performance space and create a more resonant vessel that will benefit all types of performances." – Adam Flatt, Conductor, Newport Symphony Orchestra

"Newport’s PAC serves as the anchor for arts and culture on the central Oregon coast. It is a key attribute that makes Newport so much more that one would expect of a town of 10,000 people. It contributes to our ability to recruit highly educated and talented individuals to live and work in Newport . We routinely include the PAC in our tours to prospective employees." – George Boehlert, former Director of Hatfield Marine Science Center

"Consider the financial impact of more than 500,000 people that have attended and participated on the stage of the Newport Performing Arts Center. It also pays Newport back in ways that don’t have to do with decimal points and dollars. It has to do with civic health, pride, wisdom and our kids. It delights me so see the theater camps and dance recitals involving kids. They think they own this place, and of course they do!" – David Ogden Stiers