Anne Black: All About The Arts

By: Sylvia Villarreal Email
By: Sylvia Villarreal Email

Anne Black's work with The Opera and Performing Arts Society at Texas A&M University is not just a job, it's her passion.

Before coming to work with OPAS, she was a volunteer, and like everyone else in the business, she loves to perform. Ever since joining the program, she's been dedicated to bringing quality acts to the Brazos Valley and beyond.

Anne Black says, "We are beginning our 39th season and about to celebrate a 40th Anniversary next year."

As Executive Director of OPAS and through her efforts, she's been successful at bringing some of the world's best performers to the university and the Bryan/College Station community and to make sure quality acts are presented she's actively involved in the selection process.

"I spend a lot of time seeing product," says Black.

According to Black the secret to the programs success is finding something that pleases the crowds season after season.

"We keep bring those Tuna guys back. They're a crowd favorite. We can always sell tickets; they're wonderful to work with and they've been here many times. I think we have taught our audiences over the years that they can trust us, that they can see something on a brochure that they might not otherwise buy a ticket to," says Black.

But every once in a while, there are times when even Anne gets a little nervous.

Black remembers, "Oh, well we were on the very first tour of Stomp and you know, oh my gosh, well we booked three performances in the days that we typically only did one or two maybe of a hot Broadway shows. Well, we booked three and they didn't sell in subscription and they didn't sell and didn't sell and I wanna say it was in October and then they did an appearance on General Hospital the week before our dates and we came clean on all three, like that (snap of fingers) so it was a good decision on my part to book Stomp."

All joking aside, OPAS has come a long way from when the facilities were first built in 1972.

Black says, "We are now considered a major market in the area of performing arts, rather than a secondary market and that's great."

Besides enjoying the program's success, Anne's biggest pleasure is seeing everyone enjoying the programs every season.

"I love what I do and I think it is because although the path ended up being a bit different, I still am doing what I always wanted to do," says Black.

Anne's devotion to the arts is second to none and though she's the face of OPAS here in the Brazos Valley, she's quick to point out that she doesn't work alone. She says her production staff is one of a kind and says they are the finest crew in the country and OPAS would not be what it is today, without her loyal staff.

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