As they say, “Everything is big in Texas!” And the Performing Arts Managers Conference (PAMC) was no exception. Attendance continues to grow as performing arts managers from across North America gathered in San Antonio, Texas March 7th – 9th to discuss how to improve their venues and the audience-experience for their customers.
This year the conference kicked off with a keynote address by veteran TV reporter and host of the TV show “What Would You Do?”, John Quinones. The San Antonio native gave an inspirational talk about the obstacles he overcame to become a successful reporter and television personality. Quinones encouraged PAMC attendees to take real steps forward toward their dreams and to summon the courage to block out naysayers as they pursue their passions.
Conference attendees were then given the opportunity to visit the recently completed Tobin Center, where Staging Concepts supplied all of the permanent railing in the main theatre and a modular seating riser incorporating SC90 platforms for the black box theatre.
Finally, San Antonio is home to Staging Concepts customer Texas Scenic Corporation so attendees were given a tour of their newly built headquarters building, which houses all of Texas Scenic’s technical, management and manufacturing personnel. Participants learned that Texas Scenic not only supplies and installs rigging, acoustical shells and staging equipment for some of the largest theatres across the country, but also rebuilt and maintains “Big Tex”, the famous 55 foot mascot for the Texas State Fair.
We were thrilled this year to see all Texas has to offer and to talk to dozens of theatre consultants, architects, contractors and performing arts managers about their upcoming staging and acoustical shell needs. It seems like performing arts venues and the industry as a whole is doing very well. All in all, PAMC was a big success in the big state of Texas! Next year we look forward to participating in the conference in Chicago.