July 26, 2011
WOOSTER,Ohio, July 26, 2011 – After a careful, 18-month study of whether the Ohio Light
Opera should become an independent, not-for-profit arts organization, The
College of Wooster and OLO have decided to maintain their existing relationship.
On July 1, a new agreement was signed that delineates in detail their
respective roles and responsibilities. The budget reporting structure has been
modified to clearly differentiate OLO’s operations from those of the rest of
the college, and to permit OLO to manage its operations more effectively.
"The support of The College of Wooster has been instrumental
in the growth of The Ohio Light Opera, over the past 33 seasons, into an
internationally recognized leader in the preservation, promotion, and
production of traditional lyric theater,” said Laura Neill, OLO's executive
director. “OLO looks forward to continuing this relationship in the years
to come and to building on its educational opportunities as part of the
“The Ohio Light Opera is a tremendous cultural asset, not just for the college, but
for the City of Wooster and Northeastern Ohio,” said Grant Cornwell, president
of The College of Wooster. “Each year I am pleased to see more students and alumni of the college participate in a variety of roles in a theater company with this level of professionalism and
Founded in 1979 as the resident professional company of The College of Wooster, the
Ohio Light Opera is recognized today as America’s premiere venue for the
production of operetta and early musical theatre.
The College of Wooster is an independent liberal arts college, nationally
recognized for excellence in teaching and a curriculum built around mentored
undergraduate research. Every Wooster senior works one-on-one with a faculty
adviser to create an original research project, written work, performance or
art exhibit. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.
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