The Downtown Santa Barbara Organization Welcomes Dr. Craig Springer To Its Board of Directors

Santa Barbara, CA. April, 2015 – The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce that Chrisman Executive Director Dr. Craig Springer has been elected to the Downtown Santa Barbara Organization Board of Directors. Dr. Springer, a thirty-five year veteran of the professional fine and performing arts community, will bring an enriched insight and ensure ongoing support of Santa Barbara’s thriving arts and entertainment district for Downtown Santa Barbara.

“I have always admired the Downtown Organization for its dynamic leadership team and their innovative work that inspires our community,” said Springer, Chrisman Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts. “I have tremendous respect for The Downtown Organization board members, and I look forward to working with them to support Santa Barbara’s thriving downtown arts and business community.”

Prior to joining the SBCPA, Dr. Springer was the Executive Director at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts where he oversaw an annual season of over 200 public performances. In addition, Dr. Springer spent nine years at the University of Southern California as the Assistant Dean of Cultural Arts and Activities, responsible for programming and management of two art series, a lecture series, and two festivals, as well as the President’s Distinguished Lecture and Artist Series.

Prior to his arrival at USC,, Dr. Springer was the Director of Concert Operations for Northwestern University’s School of Music, where he managed the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Lutkin Recital Hall and Regenstein Recital Hall, including the presentation of a 30-event performing art series as well as a 450-event concert season. Dr. Springer also taught in Northwestern’s School of Communications, from which he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, all focusing on the development and marketing of popular cultural products.

Downtown Santa Barbara is a membership driven, non-profit organization whose goal is to maintain and enhance the business and cultural activity in the downtown area bounded by Anacapa, Chapala, Micheltorena, and Gutierrez Streets. Helping keep downtown Santa Barbara clean, attractive, safe and vibrant goes towards supporting this goal. Click here to learn more about Downtown Santa Barbara.

To learn more about how to support The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts or The Granada Theatre, please contact Kristi Newton, Director of Development, at or (805) 899-3000 x130 or visit


About The Granada Theatre

For 90 years now, The Granada Theatre has been an integral part of Santa Barbara’s arts and entertainment landscape. The Granada Theatre has played host to some of the 20th century’s greatest entertainers, from Al Jolson, Charlie Chaplin, and Fred Astaire to Henry Fonda, Yo Yo Ma, Steve Martin and the Berlin Philharmonic, to name but a few. Re-opened in 2008, under the auspices of the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, The Granada Theatre re-emerged as a state of the art home for many of Santa Barbara’s greatest artistic treasures and a place whose existence makes it possible for the highest levels of artistic expression to take place in Santa Barbara. The Granada Theatre annually hosts more than 120 performances and community events and is a proud contributor to the vitality of Santa Barbara. The Granada Theatre is home to eight resident companies – CAMA, the Music Academy of the West, Opera Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Choral Society, the Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, Theater League, and UCSB Arts & Lectures. For more information please visit


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