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Meet the New Theatre Director at the Carnegie

The Carnegie has named its new theatre director.

Maggie Perrino, the current head of theatre at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills, will take over at the Carnegie in early January, according to a news release. Her arrival will precede the opening of West Side Story.

“Maggie’s multifaceted background, in both theatre and in education, made her the perfect candidate for our Theatre Director position,” said Carnegie Executive Director Katie Brass, in a news release. “Maggie has great ideas for building upon The Carnegie’s already strong theatre programming and we can’t wait to have her as part of The Carnegie family.”

An actor, director, choreographer and educator, Perrino draws from a diverse theater background that includes acting credits at the Covedale Center for Performing Arts and Cincinnati Music Theatre and production credits at Notre Dame Academy and New Edgecliff Theatre. Prior to her position at Notre Dame Academy, Perrino served as the Educational Events Coordinator at The Educational Theatre Association in Cincinnati.

She replaces Joshua Steele who resigned in September.

Perrino’s educational credentials include an undergraduate degree from Miami University and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a certification in theatre from Thomas More College in 2013. In addition to her extensive experience on and off stage, Perrino has more than twenty years of training in dance, including jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop.

“I’ve always admired the work being done at The Carnegie," Perrino said in a news release. "I see theatre as a transformative experience – a way to engage and connect communities, and that overlays perfectly with the mission of The Carnegie—which is to inspire creativity for all. I look forward to building upon the fantastic work that was carried out by my predecessor, Joshua Steele.”

While she is already preparing for her new role, and for West Side Story, Perrino’s first official day at The Carnegie will be Monday, January 5, 2015, allowing time for her to assist with the transition of her replacement at Notre Dame Academy. 

-Staff report

Photo: Maggie Perrino (provided)

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