Maui OnStage Executive Director Alexis Dascoulias was named one of Hawai‘i’s 2010 Forty Under 40 by Pacific Business News (PBN) in an announcement in that publication on May 21.
PBN’s annual award program recognizes Hawai‘i’s finest industry leaders who are committed to making a meaningful impact on their community and industry. Dascoulias is one of two honorees from the neighbor islands; the other 38 recipients are from O‘ahu, according to PBN sources.
“I am pleased to have this opportunity to represent Maui’s business and nonprofit community alongside Hawai‘i’s most respected young business leaders,” Dascoulias said. “It is extremely rewarding to be recognized for the efforts in my job and volunteering in my community.”
Criteria for the award includes recognition as an industry leader, a high degree of business acumen, a sharp business-like approach to efficiency and change, respect of colleagues, a consistent “take-charge” attitude and a commitment to the community beyond the requirements of one’s job and industry.
Alexis Dascoulias was named one of Hawai‘i’s Forty Under 40 by Pacific Business News.
Dascoulias came to Maui three years ago to fill the shoes of executive director for Maui OnStage housed at the Historic ‘Ïao Theater. With a firm commitment to making performing arts affordable and the theater accessible, Dascoulias hit the ground running in the summer of 2007. She developed a deep passion for taking care of the ‘Ïao Theater and for being a part of the Wailuku and Maui community.
Under Dascoulias’ leadership, Maui OnStage initiated and completed a $500,000 renovation project of the 80-year-old landmark, including installation of central air conditioning. This year, she’s tackling a capital campaign for a much needed, state-of-the-art sound system.
“We’re nearly there and just need one more angel donor to bring the ‘Ïao into an entirely different class of performance venue,” said Dascoulias.
In addition, annual audience attendance has increased by 25 percent with Dascoulias at the helm.
“This was a result of diversifying our audience demographics to include families, youngsters, professionals and our local population, and by increasing the opportunities offered here,” she said. “We’ve expanded into showing films, hosting comedy nights, concerts and play readings.”
“Alexis’ work with Maui OnStage has been transformative for the ‘Ïao Theater,” said Board of Directors Secretary Jennifer Rose. “Not only has attendance increased, the facility is more open for use by the community and the building itself is in its best condition in over 20 years!”
In addition to increasing performance events and attendance at the ‘Ïao Theater, Dascoulias has directed several of Maui OnStage’s critically acclaimed productions. The effort to make the ‘Ïao Theater accessible has resulted in cooperative productions, presentations and concerts with over 30 local nonprofit organizations annually.
Dascoulias served as president of the Wailuku Community Association (WCA) and is the current treasurer. During her presidency, WCA’s First Friday participation grew 250 percent. Dascoulias has played a large role in revitalizing the WCA in becoming a unified team with a shared vision: to bring Maui’s residents and tourists back to the town center as an economic development initiative.
Most recently, Dascoulias founded Camp CenterStage LLC, a two-week camp program that nurtures leadership skills and excellence through the arts for youngsters ages 8 through 17. This program will be held in Maine during the summer of 2010. Future goals include an additional session in Hawai‘i in 2012 and another in a third U.S. location in 2014.
Dascoulias currently serves as the New Generations Chair for the Rotary Club of Kahului and as a facilitator for the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy camp program. She is also on the Malama Wailuku board and the Wailuku Arts District Steering Committee.
“I have personally seen the fruits of her dedicated hard work and community spirit,” said Maui OnStage Board Member and Volunteer Coordinator Randol Leach. “Her enthusiasm and can-do attitude is refreshing and Maui is so lucky to have her in our local ‘ohana.”
The Forty Under 40 awards celebration was held last week on Thursday, June 17, at 6 p.m. at the Hawai‘i Convention Center in Honolulu.