With an eye for plans to expand its theatrical programs, the Ojai Performing Arts Theater (OPAT) announces two new board members, Jane Seiler Weil and Michal Gaidano. Ms. Weil will become the first Chief Operating Officer (COO) for OPAT, and Ms. Gaidano will assist with special events and other functions.
“The addition of these two talented women to the board of directors broadens our scope of work capabilities,” said Joan Kemper, founder, and CEO of OPAT. “We are all excited to have them on board as we chart new destinations for OPAT and the future of theater in the Ojai Valley.”
“OPAT has some wonderful ideas about expanding its offerings,” said Ms. Weil, “and bringing in talent from all over Southern California. I’m excited about joining the board at such a launching point of its growth and, of course, most excited about working with Joan Kemper and learning from her.”
Many in Ojai are familiar with Jane Seiler Weil for her work with the Weil Tennis Academy, various charities, and as President of the Ojai Unified School District. She comes from theater originally with a professional reputation at leading theaters across America and overseas for production work from lighting design to stage management.
Michal Gaidano and her husband Don have been involved with theater in Ojai since they moved here in 2010. Mike assisted with costumes on several plays. She arranged and managed brunches and cocktail parties for the Ojai Film Festival, opening night and cast after-parties for Ojai Art Center Theater, and fundraisers for Art Center and OjaiCares/Breast Cancer Awareness.
OPAT has several projects in the wings awaiting the relaxing of COVID restrictions, including the production of “HARVEY,” which was forced to close just one week before opening in 2020. Stay tuned for more news at OjaiTheater.org.