Amy Dupain Vashaw
Amy Dupain Vashaw serves as Audience and Program Development Director for Penn State University’s Center for the Performing Arts, a position she has held since 2001. Initially hired as Education Director in 1997, her primary responsibility is the creation of programs which link the artists on the Center’s season to the community, including Penn State University students, students in grades K-12, senior members of the community, and the community-at-large. Her primary goal is to create a mutually enriching experience for both artists and their audiences by providing the knowledge and tools necessary to fully engage in the artist’s work. Additionally, she works closely with the Center director in programming the season, with her special area of focus being family and children’s programming, and dance. She serves as project director for a multidisciplinary project, The Secret Life of Public Spaces, recognized with a $200,000 grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenter’s Creative Campus Innovations program. Recently, she has been appointed as one of two Penn State Delegates to the Imagining America national arts & humanities consortium.
Ms. Vashaw has served on grant panels for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Division. She has also served on curatorial panels for the Pennsylvania Presenters and the Performing Arts Exchange. At Penn State, Ms. Vashaw serves as the advisor to Orchesis Dance Company, a student dance ensemble.
Ms. Vashaw has spent her career in the arts, with previous positions that have included associate director of development for Second Stage, an off-Broadway theatre, and assistant to the director for Pittsburgh Dance Council, a contemporary dance presenter. She is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in cinema studies.