Behind the Scenes Tour of the PAC

A crucial part of live performance happens behind the scenes. Join Performing Arts Center General Manager, David B. Mitchell and Assistant Professor of Theater, William Ian Auld at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas at 6 to 7 p.m. on April 27 for an opportunity to tour the facilities and learn about the careers, experiences and perspectives of those who make theater happen, on, off and behind stage.

This free event will include a walking tour, information sharing session and light refreshments. Registration is required by April 20 and can be made at or call 888-320-5368.

Ohio native David B. Mitchell serves as the General Manager of the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Kent State University at Tuscarawas.

As General Manager, Mitchell is responsible for planning and maintaining the center’s budget, center’s employees, special events, presentations, performances and facility rentals. His responsibilities also include developing and sustaining community partnerships.

Mitchell is a graduate of Lake High School in Uniontown. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University.

William Ian Auld, an Assistant Professor of Theater at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, has been involved in theater - performing, touring and working technically - for the last 20 years and still likes it. In addition to his duties teaching at Kent State Tuscarawas and helping run the 1100 seat Performing Arts Center, he is one of only a few hundred people in the world formally trained in “performer rigging” – or how to engineer, rig, and choreograph flying people on wires for live events - and one of only a few dozen people in the world that are currently recognized by the Entertainment Technician Certification Program as a Certified Trainer in Entertainment Rigging as well as being a Certified Rigger for Theater and Arena Rigging.

Prior to all this work in theater, however, he spent several happy years of his life jumping out of perfectly good airplanes as an instructor in a United States Army Airborne Corps, Special Operations: Airborne battalion. Auld received his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre: Technical Direction from Northern Illinois University, Master of Arts in Theater from Bowling Green State University.


POSTED: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:05am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 2:58pm