Press Release: Alex Blouin joins our Client Services Team

Alex shares her deep knowledge of arts administration from north California

Dateline: Portland, OR

Alex Blouin headshotThe Arts People software company welcomes Alex Blouin to their Client Services team. Alex will assist clients remotely from her north California location and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and abilities in theatre administration, having been a performer, box office agent, director, marketing coordinator and more.

Alex is a graduate of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake CA, where she studied Clown, movement, dance, melodrama and Commedia Dell’Arte. She has since performed across the country, including New York, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Seattle, Baltimore, and Washington DC. Her favorite role to date is Emilie du Châtelet…

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Press Release: Tim Curtis joins the Client Services Team

As a client, Tim Curtis joins us from Riverfront Playhouse

Dateline: Portland, OR

Tim Curtis“I have been with the Riverfront Playhouse since 2007 when I answered an email looking for Males to play zombies in the premiere of Night of the Living Dead – The Musical. The email stated no lines just a lot of moaning and groaning, the show opens Friday! I thought this is perfect for me. They lied, there was a song.”

As has become a common theme for many Arts People Client Services team members, Tim joins having been a client and already an advanced user of the system. With the knowledge he brings having used the system for years, Tim’s path to “fluency” as a client services support provider is much shorter than if he had to learn the system from scratch. Client Services Manager Russ Gage mentions, “Additionally, he knows the challenges that our clients face intimately, having worked directly with patrons and interfacing with the system…


Press Release: James Dixon joins the Client Services Team

James Dixon, Portland Actor, Director, Radio host and Social Justice worker joins the Arts People Client Services Team

Dateline: Portland, OR – Sept 11, 2017

James DixonJames Dixon has joined the Arts People Client Services team, bringing a variety of experiences with him in performance, directing, radio and social justice work. James is a radio host for KBOO in Portland, hosting their Stage and Studio program, is a co-producing company member with Theatre Vertigo and a stage director. On the social justice side, he is an intersectional equity facilitator with a primary focus on LGBTQ, gender, race, and sex positive issues in various social and arts communities.

James says, “After leaving my full time position at Portland Center Stage a year ago I made a firm decision of what my purpose was in the arts community at large… I love challenging work that doesn’t necessarily attempt to change the world, but sparks conversations and gives people something to chew on when they leave the theater.”

When asked about his interest in applying for this position, he explained…

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Press Release: Patrick Spike takes over new role as Marketing Director

Patrick Spike - Marketing Director for Arts PeopleFormerly Product Manager, Spike hopes to work magic again in his new position

Dateline: Portland, OR – March 21, 2017

Patrick Spike, most recently Product Manager and all around system expert for Arts People, has now moved into the roll of Marketing Director for the company as other staff members move up the ranks as well. Creating a new department, he hopes to continue his trend of establishing processes and practices for the company in an area that has previously been non-existent.

The company has relied for the past 11+ years on direct contact sales to communicate its mission of performing arts support and to sell its arts specific software system and renowned client support. Marketing and related communications have not been an area that has garnered much attention. “We really have focused on our client referrals, and our amazing sales team’s consultant style approach to reach out to arts organizations and show…

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Patrick Spike - Marketing Director

Arts People’s staff, deeply rooted in the arts

Arts People, from its very beginning, looked to experienced arts creators and administrators to staff its ranks.  We wanted to make sure that the people who would be guiding the development of our product, designed specifically for the very particular needs of the performing arts, would know how to give it the power and flexibility required for the industry.  In addition, the client services team and other members have also frequently come from backgrounds that include arts participation. In this way, we have a staff supporting the product and our clients that absolutely comprehend and appreciate the intricate and unique challenges and strategies that the arts present. We work with you to get the most out of your live data, and develop relationships over time with your ticket buyers and donors.

We don’t target sporting arenas or other non-arts venues as many other systems do.  We don’t look to venture capital and investors with dollar signs as their primary motivator who might want to steer the product in a more profit driven direction.  Arts People was created and has thrived with the idea that we are here to uplift and support the performing arts, as powerful and valuable pieces of the communities in which they exist, to shine brightly on our society and to enrich our lives – through both hearts and minds.

Here are some examples of staff members participating in the arts:

Patrick Spike – Marketing Director, former Product Manager, and System Expert, Scappoose, OR – Over 30 years as director, performer, administrator, marketer and consultant for community to Katie on stageprofessional theatre and other non-profit arts organizations. In the Fall Spike will be performing with Bag&Baggage Productions in OR, and in the Spring directing at Ferndale Repertory Theatre in CA.

Katie Behrens – Client Services Representative, Portland, OR -Professional improviser with Curious Comedy Theatre and others for 9 years, acting, writing, directing, producing, teaching.

Patrick Kelly – Client Services Representative, San Diego, CA – Found his love for the Theatrical Arts in Middle school nearly 20 years ago.  He has worked as a professional actor, director, technical director, musician and general arts administrator for the past 10 years, with a major project underway currently.

Russ Gage – Director of Client Services, Portland, OR – Film festival programmer and producer for over 20 years including San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Portland International Film Festival, Northwest Filmmakers Film Festival, and founder of QDoc ~ the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival.
Cari Palazzolo – Administrative Assistant, Portland, OR – Musician, Digital Designer, and Visual Artist for 18 years, producing, performing, educating, managing.

Sam Valenti – Junior Developer, Kona, HI – Currently Sam is producing Waimea Community Theatre’s Production of Pippin. Previously Sam was Managing Director of Aloha Performing Arts Company as well as more artistic endeavors on the stage.

The Arts People system includes ticketing, fundraising, marketing, CRM / database and other full function features for the performing arts.  Our best in industry client services team works one on one with our clients to make sure they are fully supported and can succeed using their system. If you have any questions about the system’s capabilities or would like to see a personalized demo, please contact us right away.  Our no pressure sales consultants will work with you to see if our system is a good fit for your organization.

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Greg Maguire takes on new role as UI/UX Designer at Arts People

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Greg Maguire (pictured), another member of our team, is moving to a new position within the company! As of today, Greg will now be our UI/UX Designer.

Greg Maguire - photography work 2“I’ve spent over 5 years connecting with Arts People users as a Client Services Representative. During this time I’ve acquired a wealth of feedback from clients that I’m certain will be advantageous in continuing to improve the Arts People experience — making it cleaner, simpler, and more intuitive.” Greg Says. “I’ll absolutely miss the wonderful Client Services team, but as a design buff I’m incredibly excited to take on this new position! Greg studied Sociology at the Greg Maguire - photography work 1University of Colorado in Boulder and spent 4 years with Apple before making his way to the Arts People team.

Greg mentions, “I’m an avid patron of the arts and enjoy all forms of performing arts, though I’m particularly fond of live music events. Greg Maguire - photography work 3As for my own artistic endeavors, I’m a dedicated photographer who spends most of his early weekend mornings trying to catch the light at sunrise.” Attached you’ll see some recent photography work from Greg.

Congratulations Greg! We’re excited to have you in this new role.




Eric Guerin joins Arts People’s Client Services Team

Introducing the newest member of our Client Services team… Eric Guerin!

Eric joins us from Michigan where he was the Director of the Brighton Center for the performing arts. Eric was a client of ours and he says he loved Arts People so much he entertained the idea of joining our team for over a year now. He is excited to join a team of like minded individuals, socially conscious geeks with a love of the arts!

He’s been a roadie, a photographer, a lighting technician, a stage manager and loves just about anything that involves a creative process. His newest art obsession is blacksmithing. Here you see him getting ready right on opening night for Brighton High School’s rendition of “Honeymoon in Vegas”, his last show at the center.

Eric says he will miss working with his staff and students but is excited for the next chapter in his life!

Welcome Eric! We’re lucky to have you on the team.

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Caren White Moves to Our QA Team

Caren White - QA TesterAnother Arts People staff member will be changing role within the company. Caren White, who has been part of our Admin team for the past year and a half, is now moving into our newly formalized Quality Assurance team as QA Tester. Her attention to detail and quickly expanding knowledge of the system will be a great asset in this new position.

“As the Admin Assistant, I worked primarily on accounting related Caren White - QA Testeritems, but with this move, I get to learn every facet of the system which is really exciting for me.”

Caren’s former positions are diverse, to say the least, surely giving her a broad perspective that we value here at Arts People. “I’ve held positions in many completely different fields before coming to Arts People! For example, I have been a Creative Writing Lecturer at a university, a Logistics Coordinator for a brewery, and a Makeup Artist for a beauty brand. My specialty though has always been in creative/technical writing and communication. I hold a BA in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and a MA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry.”

Caren White Art WorkCaren also has some very intriguing creative pursuits. “In my free time, I love to create embroidery and cross-stitch works from my own patterns. This form of needle work has such a long history of being delicate, feminine, and polite, but I like to create subversive patterns that push the work out of such outdated parameters. My future goal is to create a shop for my work where all the proceeds will end up back Care White - Art Workinto that community through various organizations. I want to use a medium that perhaps used to be considered simply a way for women to pass idle time and turn it into art and activism.” Some samples of her work are attached. “The Christmas ornaments are actually from this last Christmas. I actually sold a bunch of them and donated to the ACLU.”

Thanks Caren! Congratulations on the new position and we look forward to all you create.

Patrick Spike - Marketing Director for Arts People

Patrick Spike moves into role as Marketing Director of Arts People

Patrick Spike, one of the original staff members of Arts People, is changing roles within the company. Having consulted on the original system design with original founder and programmer Ness Blackbird, then started work with the company back in October of 2006, Spike joined to develop the client services department and policies.

After a few years he was able to hand off this department to another capable staff member and transitioned into a new role that eventually evolved into his current position as Product Manager & System Expert. Here he’s been managing all the myriad details around various planned or potential future projects and requested features, fostering things through to completion with the tech team and release to clients.

Now it’s time for another project! Arts People will be looking to Spike’s extensive communication and marketing background to help the company develop its marketing arm. This will compliment the sales team’s long standing one-on-one consulting work with organizations looking to improve their tools for ticketing, fundraising, marketing and more. In this role Spike will be planning and coordinating the company’s presence, message, materials, social media and online communications. He’ll work with sales staff gearing up for conferences we attend across the country, and to look toward the future of the company’s communication needs.

Spike has worked his magic twice before developing processes within Arts People and we’re excited to see how this new effort develops. Don’t worry though. His knowledge of the system and of the performing arts industry will still be tapped by our staff when needed to help us meet the variety of needs of our clients. First and foremost, we continue to support the arts in our communities, and help the organizations that produce and propel the arts forward.

Patrick Spike has over 30 years in performing arts creative, administrative, marketing and fundraising work. He continues to perform and direct various theatre projects, consults with many organizations and volunteers with a variety of non-profit organizations. Visit his online portfolio at for more information.

Thanks Spike!