Staff

The team at Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center brings a wide range of talents and interests to creating memorable, meaningful, and enjoyable experiences for you, the Gonzaga community, the Spokane-area arts community, and Inland Northwest audiences. We're grateful for the opportunity to share and promote the arts through Miss Woldson's generous gift. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Laura Sims, Director

CONTACT:  509-313-4776  |  simsl@gonzaga.edu

Laura, a native of Athens, Alabama, received her BA in Theatre with minors in Math and Music from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and her MFA in Stage Management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Her previous jobs include Production Manager at The Clarence Brown Theatre (Knoxville, TN) and founding Director of the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center (Florence, SC).

As Director of the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, Laura is responsible for achieving the Center’s goals for artistic excellence, audience development, fundraising, financial sustainability, and community engagement as well as providing leadership on all administrative and financial matters.   In her spare time, Laura likes to travel to new places, spend time with family and friends, and binge watch shows she has collected on her TiVo.

 

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Michelle O'Connell, Program Assistant

CONTACT:  509-313-4747  |  oconnellm@gonzaga.edu

As Program Assistant, Michelle hopes to help people have a positive experience every time they visit the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center.  She’s responsible for purchasing and administrative functions, booking travel, and assisting performers, production, and ticketing staff as needed.  Having worked in the Spokane media for many years, Michelle has a great deal of experience working with performers from several different genres.  She believes customer service is key and wants to make your day brighter.

 

Jon Carlson, Production Manager

CONTACT:  509-313-4750  |  carlson@gonzaga.edu

 

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Peter Rossing, Marketing Manager

CONTACT:  509-313-4748  |  rossingp@gonzaga.edu

As a musician, artist, designer, and entrepreneur, Peter's artistic and business endeavors have centered around connecting people with the creativity in themselves and their communities.  He has helped arts organizations with market research to better understand their audiences; produced and publicized shows, concerts, and art exhibits; and organized art classes, workshops and lecture series.  He loves to hear people's stories about how the arts have shaped and transformed their lives and he's excited to help spread the word about the wealth of creativity at Gonzaga University and in the Spokane region.

 

Noah Max, Ticketing Services Supervisor

CONTACT:  509-313-4749  |  max@gonzaga.edu

Noah oversees and coordinates the daily operations regarding the processing, handling and distribution of event ticket sales for the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center. With over four years of performing arts and sports ticketing experience, Noah brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. He has a passion for assisting customers and ensuring everyone who comes to the venue has an excellent experience.