Orange Co. center taps Tomlinson

Tom Tomlinson, founder and executive director of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, has been named exec director of the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Tomlinson succeeds Thomas R. Kendrick, OCPAC prexy and chief operating officer, who announced his retirement last month.

Kendrick’s retirement becomes effective Sept. 30.

Tomlinson, 43, has spent the last 18 years as exec director of the Alaska Center, a three-theater municipal facility including a 2,100-seat multipurpose hall, a 750-seat legitimate theater and a 350-seat multiform theater.

The theater center in Alaska is home to seven independently governed performing arts companies: Anchorage Concert Assn., Anchorage Symphony Orchestra , Anchorage Opera Company, Alaska Festival Theatre, Alaska Jr. Theater, Anchorage Concert Chorus and Alaska Festival Theater.

Prior to joining the Alaska Center, Tomlinson was the CEO of the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet, Ill. He also served four years as managing director of the Pantages Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, Wash., where he was involved in the reconstruction of the 1,200-seat historic opera house.

Before that, he was the executive manager for the Capital Theatre in Yakima, Wash., for seven years.

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