Peter Palermo

Peter PalermoDirector of The Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts

Office: Hettenhausen Center for the Arts (Hett)

Phone: (618) 537-6097


About Peter


Palermo was appointed director of the Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts in January 2006. He worked closely with operations to support the final stages of construction and finish-out for The Hett. Palermo works closely with students and faculty in the theater program and music department to ensure student performances and productions become an important part of the Hett schedule.  He also manages the artist selection, scheduling, promotion and production for the University’s season of public events, McKendree Presents. 

Palermo is the former director of operations and project manager for San Francisco’s prestigious Stern Grove Festival Association where he successfully managed all aspects of production for the outdoor concert series that served more than 100,000 patrons per season. He also served as an independent theater consultant, a project director for Holzmueller Productions in San Francisco, a production stage manager for ODC/Dance in San Francisco and as tour manager, technical director, booking manager and performer for San Francisco’s Make-A-Circus. Palermo serves on several arts related boards including Circus Harmony of St. Louis, Plains Presenters, Illinois Presenters Network and ARTSwil (Arts of Southwest Illinois).