Please join us in welcoming two new team members to Portland Ovations: Kyle DeVaul joins Ovations’ as Director of Development and Samantha Lambert joins us as our Administrative Assistant.
Sam joins the Ovations as our Administrative Assistant where she supports the entire team and keeps everyone organized and in tip-top shape. A native New Yorker with a history in the music industry, Sam is excited to be working in the performing arts community here in Portland. She loves Brazilian music, used bookstores, and listening to the Hamilton soundtrack with her kids.
Regarding the upcoming 2017-18 Season and what makes her most excited about joining the team at Ovations, Sam says: “For a small city, Portland attracts an amazing variety of live performances, and I’m excited to take part of all aspects of this process. It’s also great to work with people who are so dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”
Kyle has been working in arts administration for over 20 years. She got her start as a grant writer for Meredith Monk’s House Foundation and went on to hold marketing and development positions at award-winning arts organizations including McCarter Theatre, Opera Festival of New Jersey, The Arden Theatre, the Huntington Theatre and Peak Performances at Montclair State University. Most recently, Kyle was the director of development & communications for the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. She also serves on the advisory board for Summer Festival of the Arts, a summer arts education program on Mt. Desert Island which she managed for five years. In her free time, Kyle enjoys hiking and skiing the White Mountains, mountain biking, rally racing and exploring Portland’s incredible food scene. She lives in South Portland.
Regarding the upcoming 2017-18 Season and what makes her most excited about joining the team at Ovations, Kyle says: “I’ve spent my the majority of my career working in the arts and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to do what I love in a place that has become my home. I’m proud to play a part in bringing some of the world’s most talented and innovative artists to Portland.”
Here are some fun and some random questions we asked Kyle:
What is the best or most memorable performance you’ve seen in the past few years?
Hands down it was Hey Girl by Romeo Castellucci’s company Societas Raffaello Sanzio. What a transformative experience – it brought me to tears. On the flipside, I absolutely loved seeing The Lumineers at Thompson’s Point last summer. I knew some of their songs and went in to the show with no expectations and came out a mega-fan.
What is your favorite Ovations performance?
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Play and Play. I’ve seen the company perform dozens of times over the years but there was something very special about the collaboration with Maine dancers.
What 2017-18 Season performance are you most looking forward to?
I’m completely obsessed with Banda Magda and excited to see what DBR will bring to the streets of Portland. I’m also preparing to swoon over Leslie Odom Jr. and go back to my New Jersey roots with Jersey Boys.
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