Opera SB Creates Pilot Board Internship Program

• The Board of Directors for Opera Santa Barbara approve to create a pilot board internship program for innovative two-year trial 

At its December 2 meeting, the Opera Santa Barbara Board of Directors approved a motion to appoint two candidates as Board Interns for a two-year leadership development program. The new appointees are Sarah Crawford, Director of Cultural Programs and Curriculum Integration at Anacapa School, and Frank Paolino, realtor and technology coordinator for iNSITES + Coldwell Banker.  Ms. Crawford and Mr. Paolino will serve as non-voting members on the board. They will be assigned to participate in various committee activities and attend all monthly board meetings. The interns will act as Ambassadors for the organization and each has been assigned a mentor from the board: Rodney Baker will mentor Frank Paolino and Mary Dorra will be a mentor to Sarah Crawford.   

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Frank Paolino (L); Sarah Crawford (R)

About the Interns

Ms. Crawford has broad administrative and teaching experience on the East Coast and holds degrees from studies both here and abroad including: the University of Ferrara (Italian), University of Florence (Master of Arts – Italian Literature) and Bread Loaf School of English in Oxford, UK –  through Middlebury College study abroad programs. Her undergraduate studies were at Tufts University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a dual major in English and Italian Studies.

Mr. Paolino holds a BFA in Architecture from Miami University, Oxford, OH. He worked in two Boston-area architectural firms before moving to California in 2015. For the past three years he has been working as a designer and real estate agent for a boutique real estate team called insights, which was recently acquired by Coldwell Banker in Montecito.

Opera Santa Barbara Artistic & General Director Kostis Protopapas initiated the foundation of the Intern Program and believes that the presence of these two talented young professionals will serve both to energize the board and bring a fresh perspective to the challenges of running a professional opera company.



L'Elisir d'Amore, March 2016, Photo by David Bazemore