CSU, Chico News

Chico Performances Director Receives Honor

Date: 01-07-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

An important professional award will be given Saturday, Jan. 9, to Dan DeWayne, director of University Public Events and Chico Performances at California State University, Chico.

DeWayne will receive the eighth annual Award for Excellence from NAPAMA, the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, at the Hilton Hotel in New York.

The award is given each year to a distinguished arts presenter in recognition of his or her dedication, professionalism, respect for colleagues and high ethical standards. The award includes a citation for excellence, and the recipient’s organization receives $1,000 toward its endowment for presenting.

“I am both deeply grateful and tremendously humbled by this recognition from NAPAMA,” said DeWayne. “I feel so fortunate to have such great colleagues to work with, learn from and laugh with. Every day I try to remember how lucky we are to work in the arts; thanks to the NAPAMA Board and members for making this day extra special for me.”

Past recipients include the directors of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts and the president of San Francisco Performances.

NAPAMA, a not-for-profit service organization which represents over 130 managers and agents, was founded in 1979 and is dedicated to promoting the professionalism of its members and the vitality of the performing arts.

DeWayne has been the director of University Public Events at CSU, Chico since 2001. In addition to managing the year-round presenting program of Chico Performances, he oversees KCHO, the University’s NPR radio affiliate, and manages the campus Instructionally Related Activities program.

DeWayne has served on the Western Arts Association Board of Directors and chaired the WAA Mentoring Program. He co-founded the Strawberry Music Festival in 1982, the Shakespeare in the Park Summer Theater series in 1992, the Chico World Music Festival in 1994 and the California WorldFest in 1997.