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Spotlight On: Amy Gosz

amyHave you ever wondered about what it takes to put together a season?

Amy Gosz, Director of Programming and Community Engagement, has been with the Center since 2002 and coordinates the Center’s programming. She works with a programming team to select the artists that will be the best fit for the Center to present after much research and discussion. To identify potential artists she thoughtfully considers patron suggestions, attends conferences, talks with colleagues and attends performances.

Amy also oversees the Center’s education and community engagement programs, such as Family First Nights and residencies such as it gets better. Her position allows her to combine her two passions, education and the performing arts!

We asked Amy three questions to understand her job a little better:
1. Part of your job involves booking artists. Do you get to meet a lot of awesome acts? 
Although I attend a variety of performances throughout the year, my role of booking performances is centered around the relationships I build with agents, artists, other presenters and community members. Through those relationships with artists and agents I am able to learn when tours are coming through our area, who has a new project, determine artist compatibility and fit with our size venue and explore potential education program opportunities. But it is just as important for me to learn from other presenters what artists they are having success with and what kind of performances the community has enjoyed at the Center and is interested in seeing. It is the information I gather from these relationships that help shape our programming each season.

2. How do education and community engagement tie into what performs on stage?
As an organization, our goal is to provide diverse programming that entertains, inspires and educates. In addition to those artists who are easily recognizable, we strive to introduce the community to the rich variety of world-class dance companies, theater productions and musicians to our stage. Those performances then provide the context for our education and engagement programs. Our Community First Community Engagement Activities provide opportunities to further engage with performances including interactive dance demonstrations, historical presentations and family activities.

3. What is your favorite act you’ve booked at the Fox Cities P.A.C.?
I have many, so some favorites include Montana Repertory Theatre’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Cheyenne Jackson and Yamato: The Drummers of Japan.

Let Amy know what you’d like to see at the Center by commenting below!

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