April 22, 2016

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Cal Poly Names Performing Arts Center Managing Director

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A veteran of Seattle theater management was named managing director of the Performing Arts Center. Christopher F. Miller brings more than 31 years of experience in general management, business development, operations, patron service production and facilities management for major performing arts public assembly venues to the position.

Miller will begin his new role May 9.

The PAC’s managing director is an important leadership position for Cal Poly and the San Luis Obispo community. The premier performing arts venue in San Luis Obispo County is the result of a 30-year partnership involving the university, the city of San Luis Obispo and the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center.

Open since September of 1996, the PAC incorporates two main venues: the Christopher Cohan Center, with the 1,289-seat Sidney Harman Hall, the 180-seat classroom Philips Hall, and the multipurpose Pavilion that can seat up to 400; and the 498-seat, 19,000-square-foot Alex & Faye Spanos Theatre, which has been a mainstay on campus since 1961.

Miller last served as a strategic advisor for the Seattle Center and spent 12 years as the general manager of the 2,900-seat Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, home of Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera. McCaw Hall is located at the Seattle Center, a 74-acre campus first built for the 1962 World’s Fair that houses many of Seattle’s major cultural institutions.

Miller’s accomplishments reflect strong strategic planning as well as relationship-building and communication skills, driven by a passion for creating exceptional environments and experiences for artists, clients and patrons.

He holds a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in stage management/technical theater from the University of Washington in Seattle and a master of fine arts in performing arts management from New York’s Brooklyn College.

Miller will be a key member of Cal Poly’s Administration and Finance Division leadership team, one of four administrative sections at the university.

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