Every Nook and Cranny: Employee of the Month Knows His Way around Center for the Arts (Sept. 1, 2005)

Posted: September 1, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Lake

You’ll never see Dan Hobson performing on a Center for the Arts (CFA) stage, but his behind-the-scenes magic deserves just as much applause as that received by the professional and student performers his work supports.

Recently named September Employee of the Month, Hobson has served as the production manager for the Arts Support Umbrella in the College of Visual and Performing Arts since 2001. “I make sure that the resources and personnel are in place to allow the performing arts departments and other users have a smooth and pleasant experience in the academic performing spaces,” he says.

And he is great at what he does. Lori Petterson, an administrative and office specialist in the college, says Hobson leads the team of professionals who make Harris Theatre, TheatreSpace and other related spaces run like a well-oiled machine. “Shows at the Center for the Arts are professional and highly respected in their field because of the high standard Dan and his crew has set for the performance venues,” she says.

Dan Hobson
Dan Hobson
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CFA Marketing Coordinator Ellen Acconcia is always impressed with Hobson’s knowledge. “I think he knows every inch of the building like the back of his hand.” While she and Hobson work in different departments, Acconcia has come to know him as a dependable problem solver. “Anything we have asked Dan to do for us—mostly as a favor—he’s accomplished without complaint and always with a smile,” she says.

Marjorie Summerall, dance programs coordinator, says that Hobson is so dedicated to supporting their department’s performance season they are not always aware of his efforts on their behalf. “Because he is so unfailing in his dedication to excellence, I fear we may take his standard for our performances for granted. Our students become most aware of the extent of his work for us when we travel to other venues. It becomes very clear that other university dance departments do not enjoy the support that we do,” Summerall says.

Hobson has been a part of the Mason family since 1980, when he arrived as a student. Then, he worked part-time, and later took a full-time position as the Harris Theatre technical director. In 1990, Hobson moved over to the Concert Hall as the master electrician/technical director.

Highlights for Hobson in his job are the people he gets to work with and the evolving nature of Mason. “Work challenges are constantly changing, bringing new experiences to me rather than me having to seek them out,” he says.

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