Pella Chronicle


November 11, 2011

Pella Opera House names Kevin McQuade as new Executive Director

Pella — Kevin McQuade of Seattle, Washington, has been named the new Executive Director for the Pella Opera House.  Currently McQuade is serving as the Director of Admissions and Marketing, as well as the Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Eastside Preparatory School (EPS), a NAIS-accredited independent school serving grades 5-12 located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area.  “We are absolutely thrilled to have Kevin McQuade join the Pella Opera House in this role.  His various experiences make him the perfect candidate to help the Opera House continue to grow and prosper as a vital element of this community,” said Larry Peterson, Chairman of the Board for the Opera House.

McQuade brings a wealth of experience from prior executive roles with the Washington Academy of Performing Arts in Redmond, Washington, The Laurasian Institution, a global institution that develops educational programs to promote cultural understanding with a focus on Asia relationships, the Bailey-Boushay House, and the Bradley University Theater department.  McQuade has his B.A., Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, Eureka College, Eureka, IL, graduating cum laude and an M.F.A., Theatre (Directing emphasis), from Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, also graduating magna cum laude.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be joining the Pella Opera House community. The city of Pella is clearly committed to keeping the fine and performing arts as an integral part of its identity, and the Opera House plays a vibrant and key role in honoring that commitment,” stated McQuade.

McQuade’s wife, Linda, works as a vice president and project manager for the Wunderman Group. She has been transferred to Des Moines to take the lead of several European and APEC-based initiatives.  McQuade added, “My wife, Linda, and I are eagerly looking forward to relocating to Pella and we’ll see you in January!”

About the Pella Opera House – The Opera House, built in Romanesque style in 1900, is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The mission of the Pella Opera House is to preserve and operate a historical facility in a unique, intimate setting to provide quality arts entertainment and social events to Pella and the surrounding communities.  It has a long history of being the premier location for memorable events beyond great entertainment.  The rooms offer a timeless, sophisticated atmosphere and, whether it is an event for 20 or 200, can offer both intimacy and grandeur unmatched by any other banquet facility in Marion County.  This unique venue is the perfect place to hold meetings, conferences, weddings, parties and receptions.

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