2017-02-15 / Local

Lebanon Opera House appoints new executive director

Joe Clifford — COURTESY OF ROB STRONGJoe Clifford — COURTESY OF ROB STRONGLEBANON —The Lebanon Opera House (LOH) Board of Directors has successfully concluded a comprehensive search process and announced Tuesday that Joe Clifford will serve as the organization’s new executive director, effective March 20.
Clifford, a resident of Plainfield, is an arts administration leader with more than 20 years of nonprofit and arts presenting experience. For the past 17 years, he has risen through the ranks at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover. His most recent work as Audience Engagement Director included oversight of the organization's strategic communication—marketing, public relations and design—as well as ongoing research about student engagement in the arts. Previously, Joe spent 10 years leading the Hop's Outreach and Arts Education programs. In that role, he planned 200 multi-disciplinary residency events each year through the visiting performing artist series.
“I consider myself a cultural matchmaker and it’s a role in which I thrive,” Clifford said. “Whether connecting artists and audiences in the Upper Valley, or opening the doors to unbridled creativity at an Ivy League institution, my professional career has allowed me to share my passion for the arts and culture with those around me. It’s a conversation I’m eager to continue with Lebanon Opera House’s patrons, supporters and community partners.”
Clifford is an active board member (and immediate past president) of the Arts Presenters of Northern New England (APNNE) consortium and recently completed a two-year fellowship program created by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) and the Arts Leadership Program at the University of Southern California. He is also a founding member and past chair of the NH/VT Upper Valley Arts Alliance.  
According to LOH Board President Kevin Lane Keller, “Joe’s wide-reaching experience coupled with his regional and national visibility make him an ideal leader to take LOH to the next level. His talents and deep understanding of the Upper Valley region made him rise to the top of our candidate pool.”
A long-time resident of Windsor, he recently relocated to Plainfield with his wife and two children.

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