Expertise + Work History
Arts Management Executive who combines a broad understanding of visual, performing and media arts with experience in producing high-level programs and events for diverse audiences. A proven leader committed to programmatic innovation, strategic collaboration and disciplined financial management.
Knowledgeable about a wide range of arts practices, with an extensive network of industry contacts.
Experienced in institutional image building, marketing, external relations and fund development.
Passionate for the arts and an abiding belief in the importance of a creatively engaged community.
Self Employed | Denver, Colorado | 2019–Present
Independent Consultant. Providing advisory and project management services for a variety of cultural planning, placemaking and public art initiatives. Currently working with national clients and partners that include Park City Municipal, Sundance Institute, Kimball Art Center, and others.
Breckenridge Creative Arts | Breckenridge, Colorado | 2014–2019
President & CEO. Founding president and chief executive officer for a new nonprofit organization developed by the Town of Breckenridge to take over management of its cultural facilities while re-envisioning arts programming for a new era. With an operating budget of $3M, BCA oversees a portfolio of town assets, including the management and programming of a large performing arts center, two mid-sized theaters, a multi-facility arts campus and a robust public art program.
As animator, commissioner and producer, BCA organizes a number of large-scale arts festivals, curates and presents a series of contemporary exhibitions and performances, sponsors an extensive education program and hosts a renowned artists’ residency program. BCA also serves as an umbrella and advocacy organization, working to leverage and grow artistic and creative assets and resources throughout Breckenridge. Key achievements include:
Delivered innovative and diverse programming. Conceived and launched a series of innovative festivals and exhibitions, including the signature annual events of the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts and WAVE: Light + Water + Sound festival; developed a year-round multidisciplinary presenting program featuring performing arts, lectures and films; spearheaded the opening and activation of the Breckenridge Arts District, a downtown arts campus and creative learning center; designed an artist residency program for global creatives working at the intersection of art and social impact; and introduced a fresh, reimagined public art program, serving now as a model for municipalities around the country.
Enhanced the brand and reputation of Breckenridge. Developed a brand identity, positioning strategy and marketing-communications program for BCA; oversaw media and public relations strategy, including all planning, messaging and content generation; and strengthened alliances with partners in the travel and tourism industry, receiving statewide recognition from the Governor’s Office, Colorado Tourism Office and Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade.
Increased community engagement and impact. Supported accessibility efforts through free events, affordable pricing policies, scholarship opportunities and a broad demographic reach; collaborated with local artists, organizations and businesses on mission-aligned initiatives; created public ownership and enfranchisement in BCA through membership programs, volunteer opportunities and partnerships designed to promote creative placemaking and economic development; and deepened the relevance, benefit and value of programs and services to residents and guests.
Developed organizational capacity and capabilities. Established and implemented required infrastructure for BCA as a start-up nonprofit including: incorporating the organization; defining vision, mission and values; developing bylaws and governance structure; determining staffing needs; providing financial leadership in budgeting, reporting and cash management; establishing administrative and operational policies and procedures; and instituting industry best practices, including the introduction of a new cross-organizational ticketing and e-commerce platform and the development of resident company agreements for partners utilizing BCA-managed facilities.
Built a sustainable, fiscally-responsible organization. Secured a three-year, renewable commitment from the municipality to provide an annual seven-figure funding package to support BCA through 2019; increased earned revenue by 200% within two years; implemented a five-year strategic plan focused on broadening the organization’s base of support through philanthropic collaborations, funding from state and national agencies and private donors; and established an aggressive capital improvement plan to address aging infrastructure and systems maintenance, allowing BCA to remain competitive in the marketplace and grow its revenue potential.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival | Ann Arbor, Michigan | 2004–2013
Executive & Artistic Director. Chief executive for one of the country’s leading multidisciplinary performing arts festivals with an operating budget of $1.5M. Responsible for strategic leadership, administrative oversight and operational management of the organization. Key achievements include:
Increased Revenue. Diversified the organization’s funding base, which included: increasing annual individual contributions by 150%; introducing a multi-year giving society; implementing a planned giving program and establishing an endowment fund; spearheading a successful two-year event relocation campaign; launching a suggested donation initiative; increasing city and state financial support; and presenting the highest-grossing ticket sales seasons in the festival’s history.
Enhanced Programs. Produced a three-week season featuring a progressive mix of music, dance, comedy, film, street arts and family entertainment; introduced dozens of national and international artists to the market; launched new festival programs, including: education and youth-focused initiatives, collaborative partnerships with local cultural organizations, a variety of site-specific performances, interactive installations and open-air spectacles; and presented over 100 scheduled events each season at venues and public spaces across town to over 60,000 people per year.
Renewed Identity. Implemented a comprehensive brand overhaul to build greater visibility for the organization, which included: clarifying and strengthening vision and key messages; designing a new identity system, website and framework for collateral; revamping sponsorship program into property-specific opportunities to attract partnerships; signing multiple five- and six-figure sponsors and blue-chip companies; and improving awareness, relevance and response from target audiences.
Strengthened Infrastructure. Developed and managed multiple strategic plans; updated organizational bylaws, policies and other governing documents; established board term limits and diversified board composition; upgraded financial systems, information technology and human resources; and retooled staffing and management structure to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
Midland Center for the Arts | Midland, Michigan | 2002–2004
Managing Director, Music Society. Member of senior management team for one of the largest visual and performing arts centers in Michigan with an operating budget of $7M. Responsible for providing operational, financial and administrative oversight to the activities of this member group.
Programming: Led staff in the areas of project planning, artistic development and program growth.
Marketing: Planned subscription and single ticket campaigns; oversaw design and execution of collateral materials; developed marketing plans; cultivated and grew audience base.
Development: Created a comprehensive fundraising program, including annual fund, sponsorship, corporate and foundation activities, and special events.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts | Saint Paul, Minnesota | 1997–2001
Programming Manager. Managed all programming, ranging from Broadway tours to music, dance and family entertainment, at the largest performing arts center in Minnesota with an operating budget of $14M. Duties included: identifying and booking artists and productions; negotiating fees and deal structures; creating show estimates; ensuring contract execution and fulfillment; handling artist and management relations; coordinating inter-departmental cooperation for all presentations; overseeing event settlements; and developing collaborations and partnerships to extend programs and audiences.
For self-produced and original theatricals, duties included casting; contracting creative, performing and production personnel; working with unions to negotiate labor agreements; providing general management support; and serving as production associate for Ordway-produced national tours of large-scale musicals.
EARLY CAREER | EDUCATION
Began career in administrative support positions with several high-profile New York entertainment companies, including Jim Henson Productions and BBC Lionheart Television. Gained valuable experience in production, development, acquisitions, foreign and domestic licensing, contract negotiations and international business affairs, along with establishing many industry contacts.
Hamline University, Saint Paul, B.A., Theatre Arts, 1989
Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Internship, 1989–1990
Commercial Theater Institute, NYC, 1997
Ability to energize and motivate board, staff, volunteers and other stakeholders
Politically savvy and comfortable with broad-based constituencies including artists, activists, business and community leaders, and others of influence
Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to inclusivity, diversity and cultural competency
Entrepreneurial; charismatic; good sense of humor
AWARDS | APPOINTMENTS | AFFILIATIONS
Colorado Governor’s Tourism Award, Breckenridge Creative Arts, 2016
Board Member and Secretary, The Arts Alliance, 2007–2010
Speaker/Panelist: Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Colorado Creative Industries, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, National Endowment for the Arts