People: Pioneer Center in Reno expands operations, hires three positions

Clark Demeritt

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The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts announced Aug. 27 an expansion of operations by hiring three new positions: Clark Demeritt as Box Office Manager, Christopher Daniels as Theater Services Coordinator and Adam Cates as Education and Development Manager.

“We are excited to welcome our newest team members who will provide invaluable insight, knowledge, and skills to the Pioneer Center.” Executive Director Denyse Sewell said in a statement. “The addition of our newest staff will help us to further our mission of providing world-class experiences and arts education.”

Demeritt was born and raised in Reno. As a teenager, he was a fixture in the local music scene and was crowned “Reno Air Guitar Champion” two years in a row, according to an Aug. 27 press release. He eventually became involved with The Holland Project as a member of the Youth Advisory Board and worked for five years as Music Director. Demeritt later moved to Seattle to work as a tour manager and state manager, in addition to performing with various acts.

Adam Cates


Cates, also a Reno native, brings extensive commercial and nonprofit theater, opera, television, events, art and education experience. He called New York City home for two decades. His Broadway credits include the musicals “A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder,” “Anastasia” and “Anything Goes,” among other writing and production accomplishments. He holds an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and a B.A. in Theater.

Christopher Daniels


Daniels is a celebrated artist with over 15 years’ experience in performance theater. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Psychology, Daniels moved to Reno in 2009, becoming a principal player in comedy troupe, The Utility Players, and then as an actor on the local stages of Bruka Theather and Good Luck Macbeth, the latter of which he has served as executive director for the past seven years.


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