DPAC Hires Brad Saks As New Programming Director
Experienced concert promoter Brad Saks will join the team at DPAC as Director of Programming for Concerts, Comedy and Special Events at DPAC, General Manager Bob Klaus announced today.
"Brad has years of experience promoting shows in virtually every genre of music and entertainment: rock, pop, bluegrass, hip hop, metal, electronic, comedy and family entertainment," Klaus said. "In our recent candidate search, Brad stood out as having the knowledge, skills and relationships to contribute to the continued success of DPAC."
Saks, who will start his new job May 21, will be responsible for booking all the concert, comedy, and special events at DPAC. He has more than 15 years of experience in the live entertainment business, including working for eight years with AEG Live, where he was responsible for promoting more than 100 events per year in clubs, theaters, arenas and outdoor venues in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Illinois. Most recently, he has been the talent buyer for Knitting Factory Presents and their 3,000 capacity concert venue in Minneapolis.
Saks began his career at the William Morris Agency and completed two more years on the talent agency side of the business at Monterrey Peninsula Artists before moving into concert promotion. His first promoting role was booking shows in and around New York City and the Northeast with Metropolitan Talent Presents. He was later responsible for promoting larger shows with New York-based international promoter Ocesa Presents before working with AEG Live.
Since its opening in 2008, DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, has become the center for live entertainment in North Carolina. Recognized for its contemporary design, DPAC features 2,700 seats, intimate sightlines and state-of-the-art sound and video. Listed annually among the top five in Pollstar magazine's worldwide theater attendance rankings, DPAC is the #2 ranked theater in the U.S.
With a mission of presenting one-of a-kind live entertainment events, DPAC truly has "something for everyone," hosting more than 200 performances a year, including spectacular touring Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events, family shows and the heralded American Dance Festival. Owned by the City of Durham and operated under the direction of Nederlander and Professional Facilities Management (PFM), since 2011 DPAC has been listed as the #1 performing arts organization in the region by the Triangle Business Journal. For more information please go to www.DPACnc.com.