Diane Rodriguez, President
Sarah Bellamy, Vice President
Kevin Moriarty, Vice President
Tim Jennings, Treasurer
Jonathan Moscone, Secretary
Christopher Acebo, Associate Artistic Director; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR
Sarah Bellamy, Co-Artistic Director; Penumbra Theatre Company, St Paul, MN
Joseph P. Benincasa, President and CEO; The Actors Fund, New York, NY
Eric Bogosian, Playwright/Actor; New York, NY
Ralph Bryan, Managing Director-Investments; Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, La Jolla, CA
Adrian Budhu, Managing Director; The Theater Offensive, Boston, MA
Joshua Dachs, President; Fisher Dachs Associates Theatre Planning and Design; New York, NY
Teresa Eyring, Executive Director; Theatre Communications Group, New York, NY
Larissa FastHorse, Playwright and Choreographer; Santa Monica, CA
Aimée Hayes, Producing Artistic Director; Southern Rep Theatre, New Orleans, LA
Michelle Hensley, Artistic Director; Ten Thousand Things Theater Company, Minneapolis, MN
Ed Herendeen, Producing Director; Contemporary American Theater Festival, Shepherdstown, WV
Chris Jennings, Managing Director; Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, DC
Tim Jennings, Executive Director; The Shaw Festival, Niagra-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada
Marshall Jones III, Producing Artistic Director; Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ
Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director; Center Stage, Baltimore, MD
Max Leventhal, Owner's Representative; The Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
Kate Lipuma, Executive Director; Writers Theatre, Glencoe, IL
Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director; Dallas Theater Center, Dallas, TX
Jonathan Moscone, Chief of Civic Engagement; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Lynn Nottage, Playwright; Brooklyn, NY
Meghan Pressman, Managing Director; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, DC
Heather Randall, Actor, Producer, Trustee at New York Theatre Workshop; New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA
Francine T. Reynolds, Artistic Director; New Stage Theatre, Jackson, MS
Ellen Richard, Interim Managing Director; Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Blake Robison, Artistic Director; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH
Diane Rodriguez, Associate Artistic Director; Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA
Eric Rosen, Artistic Director; Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO
Michael S. Rosenberg, Managing Director, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, CA
Nikkole Salter, Actress, Playwright, Educator, and Arts Advocate; Bloomfield, NJ
Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Playwrights Horizons, New York, NY
John Douglas Thompson, Actor; New York, NY
Clyde Valentin, Director, SMU Meadows School of the Arts; Dallas, TX
Meiyin Wang, Director, Devised Theater Iniative and Co-Director, Under the Radar Festival; New York, NY
Robert P. Warren, President; The William & Eva Fox Foundation, Bethesda, MD
Karen Wickre, Editorial Director; Twitter, San Francisco, CA
Paul G. Wolf, Principal; Denham Wolf Real Estate Services, New York, NY
Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Roundabout Theatre Company, New York, NY
Christopher Acebo is the Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Christopher has designed several world premieres including the 2014 Tony Award winning best play All The Way by Robert Schenkkan (OSF/ART/Broadway), Head Over Heels by Jeff Whitty and The Go Go’s, Fingersmith by Alexa Junge, The Great Society, The Clean House, Cloudlands, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, My Wandering Boy, Hold Please, The Beard of Avon, Electricidad (Garland Award – Best Costumes), Equivocation (OSF/Seattle Rep/Arena Stage), Throne of Blood (OSF/BAM Next Wave Festival), Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, The Tenth Muse, Living Out, and Peace, Water & Power, Bordertown, Palestine New Mexico, Zorro in Hell and Chavez Ravine by Culture Clash, among others. For seven years he was an ensemble member of the nationally acclaimed Cornerstone Theater Company and has had the privilege of designing at many major regional theaters including the Goodman, Guthrie, Lincoln Center, CTG, ART, Yale Rep, Seattle Rep, South Coast Rep, Denver Center, Portland Center Stage, Artist Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep to name a few. He has served on panels for Theatre Communications Group, The National Endowment for the Arts and for The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis and is on the Steering Committee for Latino/a Theatre Commons. He produces the Latina|o Play Project at OSF. In 2013, Christopher was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber to serve on the Oregon Arts Commission. He is a recipient of an NEA/TCG fellowship and received his MFA from the University of California, San Diego.Back to top
Sarah Bellamy is Co-Artistic Director for Penumbra Theatre Company. She has designed several programs that engage patrons in critical thinking, dialogue, and action around issues of race and social justice. Select programs include Penumbra's Race Workshop curated to accompany the Science Museum of Minnesota’s exhibit RACE: Are We So Different? and the Summer Institute, a leadership development program for teens to practice art for social change. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Ms. Bellamy holds an M.A. in the Humanities from The University of Chicago and is currently the Visiting Professor of Theatre and Culture at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group and is Chair of the TCG Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee.Back to top
Joseph P. Benincasa is the President and CEO of The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that helps everyone in entertainment and the performing arts; he joined The Fund in 1989. Mr. Benincasa oversees innovative programs including comprehensive social services, health care services, employment and training, and affordable, supportive and senior housing. The Actors Fund’s headquarters are in New York City with regional offices in Los Angeles and Chicago, a nursing home in Englewood, NJ, and supportive housing residences in Manhattan, NY, West Hollywood, CA, and Brooklyn, NY. He is also President of the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation which is building affordable, supportive and senior care residences for artists in major urban centers. He serves on the boards of directors of several organizations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Career Transition for Dancers, Learning Ally, the Human Services Council, National Executive Service Corps, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Theatre Communications Group, Times Square Alliance, the YMCA of New York City, Bio-Reference Laboratories and the Somerset Patriots, a minor league baseball team. He has been recognized with several honors, including The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, Tony Honors Award, New Jersey Legislature Excellence in Arts Award and inaugural Made in New York Award presented by Michael Bloomberg. He has served as chair of the New York Society of Association Executives, Secretary/Treasurer of the MusiCares Foundation and has lectured on not-for-profit management at Duke University, and served on the Tony Administration and Nominating Committees, and on the Board of Directors of St. Peter's University Medical Center. He is a member of The Lambs and Friars' Clubs. In 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Centenary College and served on the New York State Attorney General’s Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization. Mr. Benincasa graduated from St. Joseph's University, earned a Masters from Rutgers University and attended the Graduate Business School at Fordham University. He is incredibly proud of how The Actors Fund helps everyone in the Creative Community.
Eric Bogosian is one of America’s premier performers and most innovative and provocative artists, with plays and solo work that include: subUrbia (Lincoln Center Theater, 1994; adapted to film by director Richard Linklater, 1996); Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead; Griller; Humpty Dumpty; 1+1 and Skunkweed (published as Sex Plays, TCG, 2013); Wake Up and Smell the Coffee; Drinking in America and Notes from Underground. He has received three Obie Awards and a Drama Desk Award. His celebrated work, Talk Radio, which he wrote and in which he starred, premiered at The New York Shakespeare Festival in 1987, was adapted to film by director Oliver Stone in 1988, and premiered on Broadway in 2007, in a production starring Live Schreiber. Talk Radio was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and in 1988 Bogosian was awarded the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for his work on the film. Bogosian has starred in a wide variety of film, TV and stage roles. Most recently, he created the character Captain Danny Ross on the long-running series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and starred on Broadway with Laura Linney in Donald Margulies’s Time Stands Still. He is the author of three novels: Mall, Wasted Beauty and Perforated Heart. The film adaptation of Mall is in post-production. In 2015 Little, Brown will publish Nemesis, Bogosian’s nonfiction account of “Operation Nemesis,” the assassination team that avenged the Armenian genocide in 1921.
He is married to director Jo Bonney and lives in New York City.
Ralph Bryan is a past chairman of the La Jolla Playhouse where he served as board chairman from 2006 to 2009 and trustee since 2000. He has served on or chaired committees for the Playhouse's capital campaign, finance, fundraising, and long range planning and chaired the national search for Artistic Director and Managing Director. He also serves on the board of Tectonic Theatre Project. Ralph is a two time Tony winner whose shows include Jersey Boys (Tony Award), Memphis (Tony Award), Matilda, Hands on a Hard Body, Jesus Christ Superstar, American Idiot (Tony Nomination), 33 Variations (Tony Nomination), Cry-Baby (Tony Nomination) and Farnsworth Invention. Ralph is a Managing Director-Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.Back to top
Adrian Budhu is a compassionate and results-driven leader impacting the visibility and performance of non-profit and corporate settings. An immigrant to the U.S. from Guyana, South America, Adrian graduated from Boston University and brings over twelve years of professional experience in Boston. Currently the Managing Director of The Theater Offensive, he oversees all business operations, communication, fundraising and development. His previous work experiences include The Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project, XAMOnline.com, Metro Boston Newspaper, John Hancock Financial, and KKLSC Restaurant Group. Adrian’s commitment to diversity within non-profit management has earned him a spot on the American Fundraiser Professionals Diversity Fellowship Program. He volunteers at various non-profit organizations and received numerous awards for his leadership and activism. Adrian lives in the South End of Boston with his partner Chris and Boston terrier Jack. He’s an avid runner and completed numerous marathons fundraising over $150K to benefit at-risk and marginalized LGBT youth, people of color, people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, and victims of domestic violence. He is a member of the Boston Cultural Change Network (committed to collective action for social justice through Arts & Culture) and a member of Boston Creates Leadership Council serving as an advisor and helping shepherd Boston's cultural plan into implementation.Back to top
Joshua Dachs has led the international Theatre Planning and Design firm Fisher Dachs Associates since 1984. With offices in New York and Stratford-upon-Avon, FDA is one of the leaders in the field. Founded by 9-time Tony Award winner Jules Fisher, the firm has undertaken projects in over a dozen countries on 5 continents, including 4 opera houses, 6 concert halls, and many touring houses, dance and drama theatres, recital halls, conservatories, and educational theaters. In previous lives, Dachs has been a producer, a scenic and lighting designer, and a violinist. He has worked on new building projects for many of America's leading drama companies, including over a dozen TCG member theaters. He has been a guest lecturer and critic at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, SCI-Arc, and the UCLA School of Architecture. He is a member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants and the International Society for the Performing Arts. Josh's wife, Ako, is a stage, television and film actress.Back to top
Teresa Eyring joined TCG as executive director in March 2007. Ms. Eyring has been an executive in theatres around the U.S. for over twenty years. Prior to joining TCG, she served as managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) in Minneapolis since 1999. Eyring began her theatre career as director of development for the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Washington, D.C. in 1983. She completed an MFA in theater administration at the Yale School of Drama between 1986 and 1989. From 1989-1993, she was assistant executive director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, where she handled artist contracts, play commissions, and oversaw a $5 million theater renovation project . From 1994-99, she was managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, where she spearheaded completion of an $8 million capital campaign and oversaw the construction and transition to a new 24,000 square foot theater facility on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts. She was named a ‘Woman to Watch” by the Twin Cities Business Journal in July 2005. Eyring’s past affiliations include service as chairwoman of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, board member of WYBE-TV, executive committee member of the League of Resident Theaters; board member and Treasurer of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts; and board member of Intermedia Arts. She currently serves on the boards of the Performing Arts Alliance and The Actor's Fund. Eyring holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from Yale School of Drama.Back to top
Larissa FastHorse is a playwright and choreographer from the Sicangu Lakota Nation. She was awarded one of five 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished New Play Development Grants for Fancy Dancer with Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, currently in development. Other commissions include Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences, Cornerstone Theatre Company, and AlterTheater. Mountainside Theatre premiered her new play, Cherokee Family Reunion, in the summer of 2012. Other productions include Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: A Class Presentation for Native Voices at the Autry, winner of the AATE Distinguished Play Award, and Average Family for Children’s Theatre Company. Larissa is an alum of Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, Center Theatre Group’s Writers Workshop, the Playwright’s Union and the Café Bohemia series at Arizona Theatre Company. Larissa also developed the musicals, Serra Springs and Different Does Not Mean The Same, with Native Voices. Larissa was awarded the Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, William Inge Residency and numerous Ford Foundation and NEA Grants as well as being a three time NEA Theatre Panelist. She is published with Dramatic Publishing and Plays for Young Audiences. In her spare time, Larissa returns to her previous life as a ballet dancer through choreography. She is represented by Jonathan Mills at Paradigm NY and lives in Santa Monica with her husband, sculptor Edd Hogan. hoganhorsestudio.com.Back to top
Aimée Hayes: Since being named Producing Artistic Director of Southern Rep Theatre in 2008, Aimée Hayes has focused on new play development, producing various writers during her tenure, including John Biguenet, Eric Coble, Zayd Dohrn, Catherine Filloux, Jim Fitzmorris, Ross Maxwell, Tarrell McCraney, Peter McElligot, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Joe Sutton and Steve Yockey. She’s also incorporated a slate of new play development programs into Southern Rep’s Lagniappe Series, including 6×6, a new play slam; 3×3: THE ONE ACTS; DEBAUCHERY!, New Orleans’ only live, ongoing soap opera, now in its fifth year; and THE NEW PLAY BACCHANAL, an annual two-day new play festival that includes honoring a new play by a female playwright of color with The Ruby Prize. Hayes often appears on the stage as well, most recently as She in Southern Rep's STAGE KISS,and prior to that, as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Hayes was recently named a 2014 Top Female Achiever by New Orleans Magazine, and in 2012 she was named Gambit Weekly’s Theatre Person of the Year. Additionally, Hayes serves as an at-large Board Member for the Theatre Communications Group (TCG).Back to top
Michelle Hensley is the founder and artistic director of Ten Thousand Things Theater Company. Using the Twin Cities' finest actors she has brought over fifty tours of the big stories of theater, including Shakespeare, Greek tragedy and Brecht, directly to audiences in prisons, shelters and other low-income centers, as well as the general public, with most productions ending up in multiple local critics' Best of the Year lists. She has twice been City Pages Theater Artist of the Year, twice been named Best Director by City Pages and Minnesota Monthly, was named 2012 Best Artistic Director by the Star Tribune, and has been awarded the Francesca Primus Prize, for outstanding contribution to the American Theater by a female artist. Her book, All the Lights On:Re-Imagining Theater with Ten Thousand Things, was recently published by the MN Historical Society Press.Back to top
Ed Herendeen founded the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia in 1991 with the mission to produce and develop new American theatre. Through his leadership, and operating under an AEA LORT D contract and an annual budget of $1.3 million dollars, the Theater Festival has produced 105 new plays - including 40 world premieres and nine commissions - and has gained a reputation as one of America's most important producers of new work. Hosted on the campus of Shepherd University, CATF sells over 14,000 tickets to its four-week rotating repertory season of five new plays and attracts a national audience from 35 states to the region. Each summer, the Festival generates a local economic impact of nearly three million dollars to West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. Recently, Ed's directing credits include The Eclectic Society by Eric Conger, a world premiere produced by the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. Among the plays he has directed at the Contemporary American Theater Festival are the following world premieres: Whores by Lee Blessing; Miss Golden Dreams: A Play Cycle and Bad Girls by Joyce Carol Oates; Compleat Female Stage Beauty by Jeffrey Hatcher (which was commissioned by CATF and later produced as the film Stage Beauty); Carry the Tiger to the Mountain by Cherylene Lee; Octopus by Jon Klein; Jazzland by Keith Glover; Dear Sara Jane by Victor Lodato; The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa by John Olive; The Occupation by Harry Newman; What Are Tuesdays Like? by Victor Bumbalo; From Prague by Kyle Bradstreet, and Still Waters and Psyche Was Here by Lynn Martin. Other Theater Festival directing credits include: Heartless, Ages of the Moon, The God of Hell, and The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard; One Night by Charles Fuller; Fifty Words by Michael Weller; Race by David Mamet; Farragut North by Beau Willimon; The Overwhelming and White People by J.T. Rogers; Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle; Blessing's Thief River; and Below the Belt, Gun-Shy, and Something in the Air by Richard Dresser. Ed has also worked at The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, The Lyceum Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. In 1999, WV Governor Cecil H. Underwood presented CATF with the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts; a second Governor’s Award was presented in 2012. Ed was honored with the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni Award in Theater from Ohio University (from which he received his MA in Directing); has served on the Admissions Committee for New Dramatists and as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts; and, in 2011, was voted onto the board of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for American theatres.Back to top
Chris Jennings joined the Shakespeare Theatre Company in 2004. He currently serves on the Board of the Theatre Communications Group, DC Downtown BID, THE ARC, DC Arts Collaborative and the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association, and is a member of the League of Resident Theatres, where he has served on AEA and SSDC Negotiating Committees. Jennings has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. He previously served as General Manager of Trinity Repertory Company (1999-2004) and Theatre for a New Audience (1997-1999). Jennings has also held positions with Yale Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theater Club, Texas Young Playwrights Festival and Dougherty Arts Center. A recipient of an Arts Administration Fellowship from the NEA, Jennings earned his BFA in Theatre/Music from the University of Miami and his MFA in Theatre Management from the Yale School of Drama.
Tim Jennings is the Executive Director of The Shaw Festival in Niagra-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada. Previously, he has served as Managing Director at the Tony award winning Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis), Seattle Children's Theatre and Roseneath Theatre (Toronto). Tim is known for his work in financial stabilization, for several foreign artist collaborations (including bringing the first professional theatre company from Iran to the US in 30 years) and as a lead negotiator of multiple regional and national artist contracts. Previously, Tim taught Theatre Production and Management at both Ryerson University and Humber College theatre schools. Tim’s history includes management roles with such notable companies as the Canadian Stage Company, The Canadian Opera Company and Ainsworth at SkyDome as well as running his own theatrical management consulting firm. A multi award winning producer, he has taken productions to 4 continents, well over a dozen countries and over 40 States in the last 15 years. Alongside his appointment to the TCG board where he currently serves as Treasurer, Tim has sat on the board of the Minnesota Theatre Alliance, the Ivey awards committee, was the past membership chair of IPAY (International Performing for Young People) and a past Board member of the Washington State Arts Alliance. Tim has also served on the founding cultural database steering committees in both WA and MN and on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club in WA. Tim is married to Truly Carmichael and together they raise their 15 year old son, Zachary.
Marshall Jones III is the Producer of the Tony-Award winning Crossroads Theatre Company as well as an Associate Professor of Theater Arts at the prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Marshall has more than twenty-five years of experience in a wide variety of key executive positions at some of New York city's most reputable institutions including the world famous Apollo Theater (General Manager), the world's most famous arena — Madison Square Garden (Company Manager & Associate Producer), the historic landmark Radio City Music Hall (Producer), and Disney On Broadway's The Lion King. Marshall earned a BA in Theater Arts from Rutgers University and an MA in Arts Management from New York University. He is also a member of the New Brunswick Arts Council, in addition to proudly serving on the Board of Directors of several professional organizations including the Alliance For Inclusion in the Arts (formerly the Non-Traditional Casting Project); the American Conference on Diversity and Blackberry Productions. Most recently Marshall was appointed by the Governor as a Commissioner of the NJ Public Broadcasting Authority.Back to top
Kwame Kwei-Armah is an award-winning British playwright, director, actor, and broadcaster. At Center Stage he has directed One Night in Miami, Amadeus, dance of the holy ghosts (City Paper Top Ten Productions, 2013); The Mountaintop; An Enemy of the People; The Whipping Man, for which he was named Best Director; and Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours. In 2014, Kwame was named Best Director in City Paper’s Best of Baltimore, and he was nominated for SDC's Zelda Fichandler Award for Best Theater Director. Among his works as playwright are Elmina’s Kitchen and Let There Be Love as well as A Bitter Herb, Statement of Regret, and Seize the Day. Beneatha’s Place debuted at Center Stage in 2013 as part of the groundbreaking Raisin Cycle. His latest play, Marley, based on the life and music of Bob Marley, had its world debut at Center Stage in May 2015. His other directorial credits include Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew at the Lark Play Development Center in New York, New York’s Public Theater’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, the World Premiere of Detroit ’67 (nominated for Best Director) at New York’s Public Theater, and the World Premiere of The Liquid Plain at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and its New York Premiere at Signature Theater. He has served on the boards of The National Theatre and The Tricycle Theatre, both in London, and as Artistic Director for the World Arts Festival in Senegal. He served as the Chancellor of the University of the Arts London, and in 2012 was named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
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Max Leventhal has 25 years experience in regional theatre management. He has been directly involved in all operations and logistics, from design inception to occupation of a $50+million theatre complex and 17,500 square foot scene shop; as well as the management of $10+ million budget size LORT Theaters, including directing marketing, personnel, and fundraising efforts. He has led companies in commercial and institutional partnerships, entertainment contracts, annual budget development, and capital project planning and construction. Most recently Max served as General Manager of the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta’s flagship, and is currently the Woodruff Arts Center’s Owner’s Representative for the Alliance renovation and capital project planning on the campus.
Max serves on the Advisory Board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and Capitalization Grant sub-committee, as well as the Board of Trustees of Theatre Communications Group. He participated in the TCG/EMC Arts Innovation Lab project; taught Theatre 240 - Theatre Administration at Emory University; and has lectured at the Yale School of Drama, Northwestern, DePaul, and Columbia College. He recieved his BA in Literature/Theatre from Reed College, Portland, Oregon; and his MFA in Technical Design and Production from Yale School of Drama.
Current Projects: Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Woodruff Arts Center Transformation Project; Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel renovation; Dad’s Garage move into a renovated church; Kennesaw State University’s Student Center Theatre renovation; and GloATL, Senior Advisor, Atlanta, GA.
Kate Lipuma joined Writers Theatre as its Executive Director in March 2007. Currently, she is leading the planning and creation of a new state of the art theater center which will be the future home for Writers Theatre's two venues, rehearsal and administrative spaces. Kate is partnering with internationally renowned architect and recent MacArthur Fellow or "Genius Grant" recipient Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects on the project. Prior to Writers, Kate spent nine seasons as Executive Director with the award-winning Signature Theatre Company in New York, working with such acclaimed writers as Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Romulus Linney, Paula Vogel, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson. Prior to her time at Signature, she spent six years with the Goodman Theatre. In addition to the board of TCG, Kate currently serves as Chair of the Board for the League of Chicago Theatres, the trade association representing more than 250 Chicago-area theater companies and producers. She is also the co-creator of DoNORTH, a new umbrella organization joining four cultural neighbors - Chicago Botanic Garden, Kohl Children's Museum, Ravinia Festival and Writers Theatre - to attract new audiences to the cultural and community activities of Chicago’s North Shore. She is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
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Kevin Moriarty is artistic director of Dallas Theater Center, where he has directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream; King Lear; It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman; The Wiz; Oedipus el Rey; Colossal and others. Since 2007 he has led DTC through many new initiatives, including the creation of the Brierley Resident Acting Company; an extensive series of new play productions and commissions; community collaborations with North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and most of the region's theaters; and educational partnerships with Booker T. Washington High School and SMU. Before joining DTC, Kevin served as artistic director of Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. From 2002-2007 he was Head of Directing for the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program, and an Associate Artist at Trinity Rep Company. He made his operatic directing debut with The Lighthouse for The Dallas Opera in 2012 and The Marriage of Figaro in 2014. Kevin has also directed plays off-Broadway, national tours, and at regional theaters nation-wide. He is Vice-Chair of the Dallas Arts District; a Vice President for Theatre Communications Group and National Alliance for Musical Theatre; a member of the Booker T. Washington Advisory Board and the Dallas Assembly; a recipient of a Drama League directing fellowship; and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
Jonathan Moscone is Chief of Civic Engagement for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where he designs and implements YBCA’s civic engagement activities, connecting the art and artists of YBCA with the diverse constituencies of the Center and San Francisco, and community based organizations from all over the Bay Area. Jon served for 15 years as the artistic director of the California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) in Berkeley, California. Under Jon’s leadership, Cal Shakes pioneered educational and community engagement programs that are widely regarded models of the civic role that leading arts institutions play in the life of their communities. He is the first recipient of the Zelda Fichandler Award, given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation for “transforming the American theatre through his unique and creative work.” Jon has served on several local, state, and national panels, including the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. He also has participated in many programs with National Arts Strategies, including the year long Chief Executive Program. Born and raised in San Francisco, Moscone received his BA from Williams College, worked as assistant to Joseph Papp, producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival, and earned his MFA degree from the Yale School of Drama.Back to top
Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined has also received an OBIE, the Lucille Lortel Award, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Manhattan Theatre Club, Goodman Theatre). It premiered in London at the Almeida Theatre in April 2010, and will tour several US regional theatres in 2010-2011. Her play By The Way, Meet Vera Stark will premiere at Second Stage Theatre during its 2010-2011 season. Other plays include Intimate Apparel (New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play; Roundabout Theatre, CENTERSTAGE, South Coast Repertory); Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award; Playwrights Horizons, London's Tricycle Theatre); Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por'knockers and POOF! Nottage is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," the National Black Theatre Festival's August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts. Her most recent publications include: Ruined (TCG), Intimate Apparel and Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine: Two Plays (TCG) and Crumbs from the Table of Joy and Other Plays (TCG). She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, an alumna of New Dramatists and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is a visiting lecturer. www.lynnnottage.net
Meghan Pressman joined the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company as Managing Director in the fall of 2014. Previously, she served as Director of Development for Signature Theatre in New York, a $12 million nonprofit Off-Broadway theatre organization. Prior to joining Signature, she was Berkeley Rep’s Associate Managing Director as well as the Managing Director for The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep's Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. There she oversaw the launch of that groundbreaking program in 2012 and the inaugural summer lab, which hosted over 100 artists working on 13 new projects. Meghan has served numerous other theatre and arts organizations across the country including Yale Repertory Theatre as Associate Managing Director, Chicago Theatre for Young Audiences as Co-Founding Managing Director, and at the Chicago Improv Festival as an Associate Producer. Her board and community work includes Leadership Greater Washington, the City of Berkeley Arts Commission, The Bushwick Starr board of directors, and the Theatre Communications Group board of directors. She traveled to Cuba in the spring of 2013 as part of the Theatre Communication Group Artist Delegation and was a recipient of the TCG New Generations Future Leader grant in 2010. She holds an MFA in theater management from Yale School of Drama, an MBA from Yale School of Management, and a BA from Boston College. At Yale, she was the recipient of the Morris J. Kaplan Award and the Benjamin Mordecai Scholarship, both for recognition in theater management. Back to top
Heather Randall is a philanthropist, activist and actor in the theatre community. She is currently Co-President of the Board of New York Theatre Workshop and also sits on the boards of Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors Center in addition to TCG. As an actor she appeared on Broadway in Judgment at Nuremburg, Inherit the Wind, Three Men on a Horse and The Master Builder. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and resides in New York City and Los Angeles.Back to top
Francine T. Reynolds is in her 9th year as Artistic Director at New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi, where she has directed more than 30 plays including The Grapes of Wrath, The Miss Firecracker Contest, A Soldier’s Play, Gee’s Bend, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Hairspray. She directed regional premieres of Doubt, Lombardi, The Great Gatsby and The Whipping Man. New Stage is in its 49th season and Ms. Reynolds has overseen tremendous growth in programming including the expansion of The Eudora Welty New Plays Series, which awards three top playwrights during a festival of new plays, and the creation of the Unframed at New Stage Theatre Series for contemporary plays and emerging artists. The theatre recently purchased a 75-seat theatre to enhance production of the series which has produced works such as Stick Fly, Next Fall, Race and Circle Mirror Transformation. Under her artistic leadership, the theatre’s attendance has increased yearly and education program audiences and participation has doubled. Panels and other associations include the National Endowment for the Arts 2013 grants panel, Poetry Outloud, Southeastern Theatre Conference adjudicator, Mississippi Arts Commission grants panel, Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education Board of Directors (President) and Mississippi Theatre Association Board of Directors. Reynolds worked as a locations casting director for several years. The last feature film she cast, Ballast, won top awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Also an actor, she most recently appeared in Other Desert Cities, as Lucille in Dividing the Estate and as Edna Earle in Eudora Welty’s The Ponder Heart. Reynolds is currently a member of the Leadership Mississippi Class of 2014. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Reynolds enjoys living in Jackson with her husband, Chuck.Back to top
Ellen Richard is the Interim Managing Director at Magic Theatre. She previously served A.C.T. as Executive Director, joining in 2010. At A.C.T, she was responsible for overseeing the acquisition, design, and construction of The Strand Theater, A.C.T.’s new second stage. She also brought A.C.T.’s black-box Costume Shop Theater to life and created the space-sharing initiative that allows smaller nonprofit groups to use that venue at no cost and with technical support provided by A.C.T. She conceptualized the Conservatory’s new San Francisco Semester, an accredited program for undergraduates studying away from their home universities. Richard is a champion of A.C.T.’s community education programs and envisioned a touring platform for outreach called Stage Coach, which launches this fall through the support of The James Irvine Foundation. She served previously as executive director of off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre, where she was responsible for the purchase of the Helen Hayes Theatre and for substantial growth in income. From 1983 to 2005, Richard enjoyed a varied career with Roundabout Theatre Company. By the time she departed as managing director, Roundabout had been transformed from a small nonprofit in bankruptcy to one of the country’s most successful theater companies of its kind. Producer of more than 125 shows at Roundabout, she is the recipient of six Tony Awards, for Cabaret, A View from the Bridge, Side Man, Nine, Assassins, and Glengarry Glen Ross. She also oversaw the redesign and construction of three of Roundabout stages—Studio 54, the American Airlines Theatre, and the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre—and supervised the creation of Cabaret’s environmental Kit Kat Klub. Prior to Roundabout, Richard served in management positions at Westport Country Playhouse, Stamford Center for the Arts, The Hartman Theatre and Atlas Scenic Studio. She began her career working as a stagehand, sound designer, and scenic artist assistant.Back to top
Blake Robison is Artistic Director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he has re-conceived the theater’s artistic model to include a diverse group of associate artists, embraced the Playhouse’s tradition of new work, made an ongoing commitment to produce culturally diverse plays and multi-generational works, and ramped up the theatre’s community outreach efforts significantly. World premieres under his leadership have included plays by Deborah Zoe Laufer, Anna Ziegler, Lauren Gunderson, Karen Zacarias, Martin Zimmerman, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and Keith Josef Adkins. From 2005-2012, he served as Producing Artistic Director at Round House Theatre, outside of Washington DC, where he produced new plays and literary adaptations. From 2000-2005, he was Artistic Director of Tenessee’s Clarence Brown Theatre where he created several successful international projects including Babel, a play performed by a company of 12 actors in 12 languages. Blake was the founder of Vermont Stage Company in Burlington, a company in residence at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Internationally, he directed Summer and Smoke at English Theatre Berlin and toured productions to Avignon, Salzburg, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He served on the Board of Maryland Citizens for the Arts, spent two years on the LORT executive committee, and served as a grant panelist for the NEA.Back to top
Diane Rodriguez is an Obie Award winning multi-disciplinary theatre artist. She is an accomplished actor, anthologized writer, regional theatre director and Associate Artistic Director at Center Theatre Group (CTG), Los Angeles. With Mark Murphy and Mark Russell she co-curated the RADAR LA Festival in 2011 and 2013. She began her career as a lead actress for the seminal ensemble, El Teatro Campesino. Recognized as one of the country's leading advocates for ensemble driven work as well as a long time advocate of Latino playwrights and actors, Diane maintains her artistic career while being a member of the artistic staff of Center Theatre Group, which includes the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Under her tenure as Director of New Play Production (NPP) 2005-2014 , CTG's NPP program was awarded two one million dollar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the commissioning and development of collaborative works from ensembles or creative collaborators. She has developed and directed the works of numerous writers including Nilo Cruz's Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams and Dreams of My Father, Lynn Nottage's Fabulation at Sundance Theatre Lab, Lloyd Suh's American Hwangap at Ojai Playwrights Conference, Erik Patterson's Sick for Playwrights Arena, and Les Thomas' Cave Quest for East West Players, among many others. In 2008, for Mattel Toy Company, she wrote the book and was the supervising director for the first live Barbie musical Barbie Live/The Princess Adventures. The show was translated into Spanish and premiered in Buenos Aires before touring Latin America. Subsequently she wrote her second Barbie Live musical that toured Asia in 2013-2014. In 2012 and 2013 her play, Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way was produced at Teatro Luna and 16th Street Theatre, respectively. Her latest play, The Sweetheart Deal will be produced by the Latino Theatre Company in 2017. She won an OBIE for Performance (Best Ensemble) in 2007 for playing 23 characters in Heather Woodbury's Tale of Two Cities. Diane was nominated by President Obama to sit on the National Council for the Arts in 2015.Back to top
Eric Rosen is a recognized playwright, director and producer and the fourth artistic director in the 48-year history of Kansas City Repertory Theatre. He is also co-founder and former artistic director of Chicago's acclaimed About Face Theatre, where he developed nearly 30 world premieres in his thirteen seasons there. Rosen's Kansas City Rep credits include direction of Metamorphoses (also Australia and regional tour) and The Trip to Bountiful prior to his appointment, and direction of Clay (prior to N.Y. premiere at Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3, winner of Chicago's Jefferson Award and nominee for the Drama Desk Award in N.Y.); Winesburg, Ohio (for which he also wrote book and lyrics, winner of the Jeff Award for Best New Work and Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Best Musical); the world premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical! (transfer to 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle and will have a holiday season Broadway run in 2012); the world premiere of Venice, a new musical he co-wrote with Matt Sax (co-production with CTG in Los Angeles, Fall of 2010; currently in development for a N.Y. premiere, named Best Musical of the Year in TIME magazine) and the acclaimed hits Cabaret, August: Osage County and The Whipping Man. He has also recently directed The Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. His other original plays include Dream Boy (Jeff Award for best direction and production, produced nationally) and Wedding Play (Jeff nomination for best new work, produced at Steppenwolf), Dancer from the Dance, Whitman and Undone (About Face). Additional directing credits include the world premieres of M. Proust by Mary Zimmerman (Jeff nomination for best new play) and Theater District (Jeff Award for best new play), and the Chicago premiere of Take Me Out, all in About Face/Steppenwolf co-productions. Rosen's regional theatre credits include work at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles; Steppenwolf, the Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago; the Prince Music Theater; Hartford Stage; Cincinnati Playhouse; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; 7 Stages in Atlanta; and workshops at the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, the O'Neill, and Sundance Theatre Lab. He produced the pre-N.Y. premiere of Doug Wright's play I Am My Own Wife, winner of the Tony Award for best play and the Pulitzer Prize; Eleven Rooms of Proust created by Mary Zimmerman; and was dramaturg for Frank Galati and Stephen Flaherty's Loving Repeating at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Moises Kaufman's One Arm at Steppenwolf Theatre and Kaufman's Tony nominated 33 Variations at Sundance Theatre Lab. Rosen earned his Ph.D. in performance studies from Northwestern University, and held a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)/Theatre Communication Group (TCG) Career Development Fellowship for Directors. He has twice served as a theatre panelist for the NEA and has participated in the TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts' National Theatre Artists Residency Program. Rosen has taught at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Brooklyn College and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, his alma mater.
Michael S. Rosenberg has served as the Managing Director of La Jolla Playhouse since April, 2009. Working in partnership with Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, he has developed and produced new work by Ayad Akhtar, Trey Anastasio, Amanda Green, John Leguizamo, Carey Perloff, Jay Schieb, Herbert Siguenza, Basil Twist, Michael Benjamin Washingon, Sheri Wilner, Doug Wright and The Flaming Lips. Playhouse collaborations have included projects with University of California - San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The New Children’s Museum, San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Rep, Tectonic Theatre Project, the I.D.E.A. District and the cities of Escondido and Chula Vista. Additionally, Mike fostered the growth of the Playhouse’s award-winning Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour, achieving the most performances at local schools in Playhouse history. Previously, he was Co-Founder and Executive Director of Drama Dept., a New York non-profit theatre company, where he produced new works by the likes of Douglas Carter Beane, Warren Leight, Isaac Mizrahi, Paul Rudnick and David & Amy Sedaris. Mike’s early work included stints at the Kennedy Center, Kaiser Permanente, National Dance Institute and an Atlantic City casino. As a TCG Board member, he is proud to be on the Global and Diversity & Inclusion Committees.Back to top
Nikkole Salter is an actress, playwright, educator and arts advocate best known as the co-author and co-star (with Danai Gurira) of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, IN THE CONTINUUM (ITC). As an actress, Ms. Salter has performed on Off-Broadway and on 14 regional stages with such renowned directors as Kenny Leon and Tina Landau, can be seen in the feature film “Pride & Glory,” and heard as the voice of ‘LATICIA’ in Rockstar Games' video game release, “Midnight Club: Los Angeles”. As a dramatist, Ms. Salter has had work produced internationally as well as in 20 Off-Broadway and regional theatres, received has been published in 12 international publications, and is the recipient of a 2014 MAP Fund Grant a play commissioned by the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The Crossroads Theatre Company production of her play REPAIRING A NATION has been featured on the prestigious PBS cultural arts national broadcast "Theatre: Close Up," hosted by Sigourney Weaver. Ms. Salter is also the co-founder (with Glenn Gordon NSangou) and Executive Director of THE CONTINUUM PROJECT, INC., a non-profit organization that creates engaging arts programming for community empowerment. The CP received two Brooklyn Arts Council Regrant Awards (Local Arts), in support of their initiative the Legacy Program and was featured on the national PBS series, “Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. www.thecontinuumproejct.org Ms. Salter is a recipient of an OBIE Award, and the NY Outer Critics Circle's John Gassner Award, a Helen Hayes award, a Seldes-Kanin fellowship from the Theatre Hall of Fame, and the Global Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations. She received her BFA from Howard University and her MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. www.nikkolesalter.comBack to top
Tim Sanford is the Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons. He began his work at Playwrights in 1984 as a literary intern, followed by nine years as Literary Manager and two years as Associate Artistic Director, before assuming the leadership of the theater in January 1996. Notable productions from his tenure include Floyd Collins by Adam Guettel and Tina Landau (Lucille Lortel Award, Obie), Violet by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley (New York Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, Obie), Lillian by David Cale (Obie), Betty’s Summer Vacation by Christopher Durang (Obie), James Joyce’s The Dead by Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey (New York Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and Tony Awards), The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin by Kirsten Childs (Obie), She Stoops To Comedy by David Greenspan (Obie), I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright (Pulitzer Prize, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards), Small Tragedy by Craig Lucas (Obie), Fabulation by Lynn Nottage (Obie), Grey Gardens by Scott Frankel, Michael Korie and Doug Wright (Outer Critics Circle Award), Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris (Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize), Milk Like Sugar by Kristen Greenidge (Obie), Detroit by Lisa D’Amour (Obie),The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter (Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Special Awards) and Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie) and The Flick (Obie, Pulitzer Prize), both by Annie Baker. In recognition of Tim’s dedication to diverse writers and unique voices, Playwrights Horizons received a special 2008 Drama Desk Award for “ongoing support to generations of theater artists and undiminished commitment to producing new work.” He is a past President of The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and a contributor to Dramaturgy in American Theater. He has a B.A. from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature from Stanford University.Back to top
John Douglas Thompson is a NYC based actor. Most recent credits include Satchmo at the Waldorf at Westside Theater (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award), on Broadway as Carl Lee Hailey in A Time To Kill, The Cook in Mother Courage with Olympia Dukakis at Shakespeare & Company, Herald Loomis in Joe Turner's Come and Gone, at The Mark Taper Forum (Ovation Award), Satchmo at the Waldorf at Shakespeare & Company/Long Wharf Theater (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), Joe Mott in The Iceman Cometh with Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy at The Goodman Theatre, and Antony in Anthony & Cleopatra with Kate Mulgrew at Hartford Stage. Previously on Broadway John played LeBret in Cyrano with Kevin Kline, and Flavius in Julius Ceasar with Denzel Washington. Off-Broadway John played the title role in Othello at Theater For A New Audience (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Joe A. Callaway Award, and Drama League Nomination), Brutus Jones in The Emperor Jones at Irish Rep (Joe A. Callaway Award, Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk Nominations), Kent in King Lear with Sam Waterston at the Public Theater, the title role of Macbeth at Theater For A New Audience, Gennady in The Forest with Diane Wiest at CSC, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler at New York Theatre Workshop. John received the 2012 Robert Brustein Award for Sustained Excellence in American Theater, and is a TCG Fox Fellowship recipient. Other credits include: Hotspur in Henry IV at The Royal Shakespeare Company and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lucius Jenkins in Jesus Hopped The A Train at The Wilma Theater (Barrymore Award), title roles in Othello and Richard III at Shakespeare & Company, Marat/Sade, Ohio State Murders and The Winter's Tale at American Repertory Theater, Bus Stop at Williamstown Theater Festival, and The Good Times are Killing Me , and Othello at Trinity Rep. FILM/TV: The Bourne Legacy, Glass Chin, Michael Clayton, Cyrano, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, All My Children, One Life To Live, Conviction.Back to top
Clyde Valentin was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and is director of the arts and urbanism initiative at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX. Clyde previously served as the executive director of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Clyde is a graduate of Binghamton University where he was a member of La Raza Theater Company, a student run theater collective that served as the inspiration for his work.
Meiyin Wang is the Co-Director of the Under the Radar Festival which presents new and cutting-edge theatrical work from the U.S. and abroad, and the Director of the Devised Theater Initiative at The Public Theater. She was the lead curator of ArtsEmerson’s TNT Festival 2013, and was an associate producer of Radar L.A. 2011. She has served on numerous local, national and international panels including New England Foundation for the Arts National Theater Project, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, National Endowment for the Arts, Future Aesthetics Cohort, The Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, MAP Fund, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Boska Komedia Festival (Krakow). She was a recipient of TCG’s Young Leader of Color award and also the 2014 recipient of the Josephine Abady Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. Born and raised in Singapore, Meiyin served as resident playwright and director with Singapore Repertory Theatre before moving to New York. She holds an M.F.A in Directing from Columbia University.Back to top
Robert P. Warren is the president of The William & Eva Fox Foundation and has served in this capacity for over 15 years. He is an attorney who spent the majority of his career in various public service positions in State and Federal Government. He has been an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan D.A.’s Office, an Assistant United States Attorney in New Jersey and an Associate Independent Counsel in Washington, DC. Mr. Warren also served as the Associate Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service in the George H.W. Bush Administration. Mr. Warren’s private sector experience includes being Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Air Transport Association, Chair of the Board of Directors of Satotravel, Inc., Board member of the Universal Air Travel Program, and Executive Vice-President of the National Business Aviation Association. On numerous occasions, he has testified before Congressional committees and has lectured at the FBI Academy. Mr. Warren currently serves as president of a privately held investment company.Back to top
Karen Wickre is a long-time editor, author and content strategist as well as theatre-goer, reader and consumer of much media. Currently she is Editorial Director at Twitter, where she guides the company's editorial voice for its network of blogs and Twitter accounts. Previously, she worked at Google in a similar capacity for 9 years, where she developed the company’s corporate content strategy and built its blog and Twitter platforms into global channels. Karen is on the board of the International Center for Journalists as well as TCG. She is also a supporter of SheBooks, a digital service geared to women readers and writers, and a veteran of TED Conferences. Her MA from George Washington University was about the Federal Theatre Project (1935-39), and her dog is named for Hallie Flanagan, its passionate leader. She is @kvox on Twitter.Back to top
Paul G. Wolf is a veteran of the New York City real estate industry with more than 25 years of diverse development, leasing and project management experience. He has represented developers and property owners to secure commercial tenants, managed a vast commercial property portfolio, represented tenants in acquiring and developing property and helped to finance projects through both traditional and less conventional routes.As a principal of Denham Wolf, Paul's projects have included providing financial expertise and business consulting for arts, cultural, community development and educational organizations as they considered their real estate-related needs and requirements. He has guided and coached nonprofits in articulating their goals and using their real estate to serve those goals. His vision and analysis underpin many of our clients' strategic real estate decisions.Before co-founding Denham Wolf, Paul was Senior Vice President of Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. He was responsible for the fiscal management of a portfolio of more than 11 million square feet of commercial and industrial space. He frequently functioned as the market expert to support the City's corporate retention efforts. Paul holds an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in its Executive Program as well as a bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University. He has been a licensed real estate broker in New York State for 20 years. Paul is a frequent public speaker and presenter on real estate development and nonprofit organizations.Back to top
Harold Wolpert recently celebrated his 10th anniversary at Roundabout Theatre Company, having joined as Managing Director in 2005. He is responsible for leading all management, administration, and operations for this renowned, Tony Award-winning company with an annual budget of $51 million, 28,000 subscribers, 600,000 annual theatregoers, 1,000 annual employees, and five theatres. He oversees all production, finance, marketing and public relations, audience services, real estate, and house and facilities management, including labor relations contract negotiations, capital project planning, and legal and human resources.
Under Mr. Wolpert’s leadership, Roundabout developed a branding and positioning campaign, opened and created the business and operating plan for the new Stephen Sondheim Theatre, the first LEED®-rated “green” venue on Broadway, developed and supervised an overhaul of marketing strategies that lead to increases in subscription and single ticket sales, oversaw Roundabout’s first national tours, and served as executive producer of The Importance of Being Earnest Live in HD film exhibited worldwide.
A Philadelphia native, Mr. Wolpert earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wolpert served as Company Manager at Circle Repertory Company and Manhattan Theatre Club before transitioning to the role of General Manager at the Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre in 1994. He returned to Manhattan Theatre Club in 2000 as General Manager during the time that Doubt and Proof won the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awards® for Best Play. He was also a key member of the management team that supervised all aspects of the Biltmore Theatre restoration and created the theatre’s operating plan. Mr. Wolpert teaches graduate studies at Brooklyn College’s Theatre Department as an Adjunct Lecturer to the M.F.A. Program in Performing Arts Management. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the League of Resident Theatres, of which he is also a Vice President, the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group and The Foundry Theatre, and is a member of the Broadway League. Mr. Wolpert served on the Board of Directors of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers from 2000-2012. He has served as a guest lecturer and as a grants panelist and consultant for Pew Charitable Trust, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and Carnegie Mellon Master of Arts Management Program. His volunteer activities have included serving as the Board Chairman for AIDS Foundation Houston and currently as a volunteer for The Trevor Project.Back to top