Symphony names director of development

Stephanie Wilson Courtesy photo

Stephanie Wilson Courtesy photo

Stephanie Wilson, long active in the arts and in numerous nonprofit organizations throughout Ventura County, was named the new deputy director and director of development for the New West Symphony.

A member of the Thousand Oaks Cultural Arts Commission since its inception, Wilson also served on the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Board of Governors from 1999 to 2007.

Wilson replaces Pamela Perkins-Dwyer who left the symphony in March to become assistant vice president of advancement for the Los Angeles Music Center

Over the course of her nearly four-decade career, Wilson has chaired the boards of directors for the California Alliance for Arts Education, Ventura County Arts Council and Social Justice Fund for Ventura County.

She also developed Gold Coast Plays and Conservatory, a professional Equity theater company and a training ground for young people, and created the inaugural programs as director of education at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara.

According to Natalia Staneva, New West executive director, the newly-created position of deputy director is designed to streamline the operations of the organization and allow the symphony “to be even more focused on patron relations and on enhancing the concert experiences.”

The orchestra will kick-off its new season Oct. 6 and 7 with “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin and “Fancy Free” with the music of Leonard Bernstein.

The symphony is the resident company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. The organization was founded in 1995.