Sara L. Cramer – Founder and Artistic Director
Sara Cramer has lived a life of dance starting at the young age of five. She trained with Doreen Gilday and taught on the East Coast before settling on Bainbridge Island where she has taught for over 24 years. Her dance school, Bainbridge Ballet, opened in 2003 and has a strong emphasis on technique while offering training in a wide variety of dance styles. Sara has staged numerous productions such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and various versions of The Nutcracker. She spearheaded the beginning of OPG to enhance the performing arts in the area and give the local community an opportunity to participate and watch professional level productions. One of her great pleasures is to pass on the enjoyment and enrichment that dancing has to offer.
Dawn Weber – Co-Executive Director
Dawn Weber joined OPG in 2008, and has since performed in several Nutcracker productions before becoming Co-Executive Director in 2014. She brings over 30 years of theater and dance experience, including studying Shakespeare performance in England and performing with the Stage Dor Dance Company in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a Master’s degree in Counseling, she currently works as an academic advisor at Tacoma Community College, and has previously worked at UC Berkeley, the California College of the Arts, and as a counselor with at-risk teens. Since moving to Bainbridge in 2007 Dawn collaborated for several years with local business and community members as stage director of the St. Cecilia annual fashion show fund raiser, and has enjoyed working continually with OPG, both onstage and off.
Amy Collis – Co-Executive Director
Amy Collis has been a Bainbridge Island resident for over 20 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has been in the human resources field in Seattle and Kitsap County for 25 years. In her third year in this role, she continues to bring her business experience and enthusiasm for providing quality opportunities for kids to develop themselves in a positive way. As a competitive gymnast during her childhood, dance and performance were essential elements. She is eager to help others enjoy the results of hard work while refining their dance and acting skills in local community productions and bring more dance to our thriving arts culture.
Cloantha Copass – Board of Directors
Clo Copass’ involvement with OPG grew out of her daughter’s training at an island dance studio and performing with OPG. As a parent, Clo has seen the opportunities being part of the dance community offers students in Kitsap County. Clo has lived on Bainbridge for 15 years where she has been an active volunteer with the Odyssey Multi-age Program and with the Bainbridge High School Parent Teacher Student Organization. Clo has a graduate degree in historic preservation from Stanford and worked in the field for many years, including as the manager of a heritage capital projects grant program. She currently works as an editorial manager for the Bainbridge-based non-profit YES! Magazine. Clo is excited to explore creative partnerships between OPG and other arts organizations and to introduce new audiences to exciting dance performances.
Tara Powers-Hausmann – Board of Directors
Tara Powers-Hausmann joined OPG this year, with over 17 years of volunteer and non-profit board experience on Bainbridge Island. Tara has worked with a wide variety of island groups and was president of the board for two different non-profits. Her passion for the arts began when she was growing up in a suburb of Manhattan. She regularly attended NYC Ballet productions, Broadway and off-Broadway plays, and countless museum exhibits. Tara graduated from St. Lawrence University with a major in English and a minor in Art History. She currently owns a small medical newsletter publishing business. Tara is very excited to be involved with OPG during this time of growth, with such great support from our community.
Tracy Powell – Board of Directors
Tracy moved from Arizona to Bainbridge Island in 2001 after graduating from law school to begin his second career as a patent attorney. Having experienced big law firm life as well as big corporate life, Tracy now runs a successful solo patent practice here on Bainbridge. This move has afforded Tracy new opportunities to volunteer in the community including Boy Scouts and as a volunteer police officer and most exciting the chance to participate with his daughter in two Nutcracker productions, which he has loved! Going from parent to participant, he has gained new perspective on the critical role being part of the arts brings to people of all ages. Even though his daughter has graduated and moved on to college, Tracy is delighted to bring his legal expertise and to participate as a board member with this fantastic organization and this great community.