Maggie Perrino moves from Carnegie to SCPA’s new artistic director

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“It was about time,” said Maggie Perrino. After nearly eight years as head of the theater program at Carnegie, Perrino is leaving to become the artistic director of the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati.

“I had been looking to move to a bigger facility for a few months,” Perrino said. “I accomplished almost everything I wanted at Carnegie. It was a good time for me to move on. She starts the new position on September 12.

“It’s definitely one of those tough times,” Perrino, 39, added. “The Carnegie has always been a place for scrappy, innovative people. I think I’m still pretty messy. But maybe it’s time to pass it on to someone a little younger and a little more fervent.

Perrino succeeds Angela Powell Walker, who had been with the SCPA since 2015. She left July 1 to accept a tenure-track position in Howard University’s Classical Vocal Music Program. The program is part of the Chadwick A. Boseman School of Fine Arts in Howard, directed by Dean Phylicia Rashad.

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To say that Perrino was born for this new job is only a slight exaggeration. She was literally born into the performing arts business. Her father, Tim Perrino, is the executive artistic director of Cincinnati Landmark Productions, which operates the Covedale Center for Performing Arts, the Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre, Madcap Puppets and the Cincinnati Young People’s Theater, which started in 1982 – the same year as Maggie Perrin was born.

But Maggie Perrino has definitely made her own way in the world.

At Carnegie, Perrino developed an already successful theater program and managed to guide theater through the pandemic by presenting fully staged productions on the edge of the Covington River. This summer, she launched a series of three summer shows, including the world premiere of “George Remus, a New Musical”.

“I love what we did at Carnegie. But when I saw the job description for the position at SCPA, I thought, “All these things look like me. I had to go there. I like to learn stuff. I always get up in the morning and I think there are some interesting things to learn today.

Perrino’s resume suggests she’s the perfect person for the job. She taught acting at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, as well as coaching dance and cheerleading teams there. She has traveled the country organizing theater festivals for the Educational Theater Association. And she’s choreographed, directed and starred in dozens of productions over the past decade.

Additionally, Perrino admits that she was drawn to the idea of ​​working in Cincinnati.

“I love Covington,” she said. “But the big jobs in the arts are downtown. This job matches my abilities and skills. And where was my next growth path. SCPA is a larger installation. It has a bigger staff.

As artistic director, she will oversee “around 30 arts teachers” working in theatre, dance, visual arts, creative writing, technical theater and, if things work out as planned, a theater program. revived music.

“Hopefully, soon, we can also start working in media arts,” Perrino said, “with classes in filmmaking, broadcast video editing, motion graphics. For me, technology needs to be synchronized with all the other majors. This is the world in which these children grow up. These skills will become even more important in the future.

She will not completely disappear from life at Carnegie.

“I plan to join the board once I’ve had time to settle into the new gig,” she wrote in a recent email. “I love the Carnegie too much to let it sink. Plan on moving into a fairy godmother phase.

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