2010 TCG Fall Forum on Governance - Speakers
Founder and Director, Brown Paper Studio
For over thirty years Judyie Ella Al-Bilali has been an innovator in the field of performing arts and arts education. She teaches and directs in the United States and internationally and has been the director of Brown Paper Studio in Cape Town, South Africa since 2004. She received a BA in African American performing arts and a MFA in theatre from the University of Massachusetts. Al-Bilali is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Fulbright Senior Scholar award and a Javits Fellowship in Arts and Humanities, as well as grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the MacDowell Colony for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. In the field of arts administration she was a board member for the Kentucky Arts Council, the development director for Crossroads Theatre Company and the festival coordinator for Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays and Shorts Festival. Al-Bilali is the author of several plays and a book of haiku poetry. She currently teaches in NYU’s Steinhardt School and is completing a memoir about her years in South Africa entitled For the Feeling: Love & Transformation from New York to Cape Town.
Investment Strategies Editor, Forbes Media
William Baldwin, a business journalist for 36 years, served as editor of Forbes Magazine from 1999 to 2010. He now writes exclusively about investing and tax strategies. Baldwin is a graduate of Harvard and is an enrolled agent (tax professional).
Principal Anthropologist and Managing Partner, Context-Based Research Group
Robbie Blinkoff is an ethnographer and anthropologist and has overseen operations at Context-Based Research Group since founding the company in 1999. He works with the team to create research designs that lead to breakthrough insights and solutions. In addition to Context's extensive client work, Blinkoff has guided several proprietary studies that have helped define American and international culture. Recently, he led a study on consumer behavior in relation to the economic meltdown. The report, entitled, "Grounding the American Dream: A Cultural Study on the Future of Consumerism in a Changing Economy," explores the cultural shift occurring as a result of the downturn. In 2003, Blinkoff was identified by Fast Company magazine as one of its prestigious "Fast 50" innovators, people who are changing the way business is done. His insights into consumer behavior have appeared on CBS News and the CBS Early Show and in Inc., Wired, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Newsday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Philadelphia Enquirer and many other publications. Blinkoff holds a doctorate in anthropology from Rutgers University and teaches at the University of Baltimore and Goucher College.
Board Chair, SITI Company
Gigi Bolt is a theatre, musical theatre and philanthropy consultant and adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University. Bolt was director of theatre and musical theatre at the National Endowment for the Arts from 1995 until 2006. In 2006-2007 she served as interim executive director of Theatre Communications Group. Prior to joining the NEA, she was the director of the theatre program at the New York State Council on the Arts. Her tenure at the Council was preceded by work as an actor including five seasons as a member of the company of the Cleveland Play House. She serves as board chair of the SITI Company, on the Theatre Professional Advisory Board at the University of Kansas and as a board member of the William Inge Festival Foundation.
Artisitc Director, PCPA Theaterfest
Mark Booher is the artistic director of PCPA Theaterfest, a professional conservatory theatre on the California central coast, now in its 47th season. He has served in leadership roles at PCPA (the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts) for eleven years, first as conservatory director of actor training and, since 2006, as artistic director/associate dean. His directing at PCPA has included the world premiere of José Cruz González’s Invierno, new translations of A Servant of Two Masters, A Flea in Her Ear and productions of Ragtime, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Hamlet, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, My Fair Lady, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Importance of Being Earnest and others. Prior to joining PCPA, Booher spent four years on the staff of the California Shakespeare Festival, ultimately as interim artistic director. He has been a director and instructor for Geva Theatre Center, Fresno State University and the American Conservatory Theater. As a fight director Booher has choreographed fights for more than 40 regional theatre productions and as an Equity actor he has appeared in numerous shows for American Conservatory Theater, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, PCPA Theaterfest and others. Upcoming collaborations include the development of a new Christmas musical with Renegade Animation based on their feature Christmas is Here Again and the American premiere of My Fairytale from the original Danish production by Flemming Enevold with music by Stephen Schwartz.
Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area
Brad Erickson serves as executive director of Theatre Bay Area, the nation’s largest regional performing arts service organization, with 420 theatre and dance company members, and nearly 3,000 individual members. He leads the organization’s efforts to support, promote and advocate for the region’s vibrant theatre community. Erickson also serves as the president of the California Arts Advocates, the statewide advocacy organization for all the arts, and as the California State Captain for Americans for the Arts. Previously, he served as executive director of the Northern California Supplier Development Council, a not-for-profit dedicated to promoting and strengthening ethnic minority-owned businesses. Also a playwright, his play Woody & Me received an NEA grant for its 2001 world premiere at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, IN, and was selected as best new play in the 2000 Festival of Emerging American Theatre. Erickson’s latest play, The War at Home, received its world premiere at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre in September of 2006, and won an award for Best New Script from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.
Prior to becoming the executive director of TCG in 2007, Teresa Eyring spent more than twenty years as an executive in theatres around the United States. Positions included: managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis from 1999-2007; managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia from 1994-1999; and assistant executive director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis from 1989-1993. Eyring began her theatre career as director of development for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. in 1983. She completed an MFA in theatre administration at the Yale School of Drama in 1989. Eyring is currently active as an executive committee member of the Performing Arts Alliance, chair of the follow-up process for the 2008 National Performing Arts Convention and advisory committee member for the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, P.A. She is also a member of the Tony Awards nominating committee.
Gordon Gabbay is the managing member of Humble Monkey LLC and Storage Monkey LLC, based in New York City. He has more than 23 years of experience in technology and technology management, primarily in the financial services industry. Humble Monkey provides technology and business consulting services to clients across an array of industries, including not-for-profit, real estate and finance since 1997. He and his team function in an outsourced CTO role, managing all aspects of day to day operations and long term planning for their clients. Storage Monkey has provided business continuity services to the financial services industry since 2002, originating a technology and methodology that has grown to be an industry standard for the field. This blend of technologies covers the scope of server and desktop virtualization with real time replication to a web based front end. Gabbay is a graduate of Columbia University (1986) with a BA in Middle Eastern history. He is an active entrepreneur, currently working on projects related to systematizing phone failover for small and medium size businesses.
Barry Grove is in his 35th year as the executive producer of the Manhattan Theatre Club, where, in partnership with artistic director, Lynne Meadow, he has produced over 380 American and world premieres. Since its founding in 1970, MTC productions have earned sixteen Tony Awards, six Pulitzer Prizes, forty-seven Obie Awards, twenty-nine Drama Desk Awards as well as numerous Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World Awards and, in 2001, the prestigious Jujamcyn Award. Among the numerous plays produced by MTC are Time Stands Still, Ruined, Shining City, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Translations, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Proof, Blackbird, Crimes of the Heart and King Hedley II. Grove is a member of the LORT Executive Committee, the Broadway League Board of Governors, the Tony Administration Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Equity–League Pension and Health Trust Funds. He has served as president of the Off-Broadway League and the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, as treasurer of TCG and as a board member of BC/EFA. He has also served on numerous panels, including a term as chairman of the theatre panel for both the NEA and the New York State Council on the Arts. He received the 2000 Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence Off-Broadway, the Arts and Business Council’s 1997 Arts Management Excellence Award and a citation from the New York City Council, which declared June 4, 1990, “Barry Grove Day”. A Dartmouth graduate, he is a past chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Hopkins Center/Hood Museum of Art. Grove is an adjunct professor at both Yale and Columbia universities.
As artistic director at Southern Rep, Hayes has focused on new play development with the launch of a monthly PlayLab, the Crosstown Reading Series, the annual New Play Bachanal and by overseeing the Rep’s launch as resident producer at Le Chat Noir, a second space featuring original work. At Southern Rep she has directed the World Premieres of Sick, Afterlife and With A Bang, and the regional premieres of In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), The Clean House, Speech & Debate and Grey Gardens. Locally Hayes produced and directed three seasons of the Red Light District Variety Show at Le Chat Noir and The Uprising in a co-production with Le Chat Noir. A key member of Vital Theatre Company in New York City, Hayes directed new works, as well as co-produced and directed The Republican Convention Welcome Wagon: Make Nice? My Ass!, a summer-long weekly event. She also served as an artistic associate at The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. As a member of the National New Play Network, Hayes represented Southern Rep on the 2007 and 2009 Reading Committees of the Showcase of New Plays and directed in their MFA Playwright Showcase at the Kennedy Center in 2008 and 2009. She has twice served as a National Endowment for the Arts Grant Panelist and as a Rockefeller Multi-Arts Project evaluator. She recently participated in ArtsReady, a Mellon Foundation funded project to protect not-for-profit arts organizations in crisis. Hayes was a directing intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville under Jon Jory and earned her directing MFA from Tulane University and an English BA magna cum laude from Loyola University. Hayes was one of New Orleans Magazine’s 2008 People to Watch. She recently joined the national board of the Theatre Communications Group.
Managing Director, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
Dawn Helsing Wolters joined Milwaukee Repertory Theater as managing director in August of 2009, helping to lead the organization through a dual leadership transition. She came to Milwaukee from Chicago, where she served as executive director of Court Theatre from 2005 to 2009, co-leading the theatre through a period of artistic and institutional growth and success. While in Chicago, Dawn served on the board of The League of Chicago Theatres, chairing its Nominating Committee and consulting for area theatres in leadership development, capacity building and fundraising. She also served on the Chicago 2016 Olympic Arts and Culture Advisory Group. As a founding board member of the Hyde Park Cultural Alliance, she helped spearhead the group’s transition to an independent not-for-profit organization, chairing its governance committee. From 2001 to 2005, Wolters served as director of development at Center Stage in Baltimore, overseeing growth in all areas of the theatre’s fundraising. While completing her MFA in theatre management at Yale School of Drama, she was associate managing director of Yale Repertory Theatre and managing director of Yale’s Summer Cabaret. She has held marketing and public relations positions at Center Stage and Arena Stage in Washington, DC, where she was a member of the Playwrights Forum. She has served in an advisory capacity for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Commission, The University of Chicago’s Graham School of General Studies and for Goucher College’s graduate arts administration program. She has been a lecturer and panelist at several colleges and universities and currently serves on the executive committee of the League of Resident Theatres and on the bridge committee for the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.
Associate Director, Sundance Institute Theatre Program
Christopher Hibma joined the Sundance Institute Theatre Program in 2005, and currently serves as its associate director. For the Institute, Hibma produces Theatre Labs in Florida, Wyoming and Utah as well as at MASS MoCA and on Governors Island in New York Harbor. His work has supported writers such as Annie Baker, Tracey Scott Wilson, Taylor Mac and David Adjmi and the creative teams of Spring Awakening, Passing Strange and Grey Gardens. He produces Sundance Institute East Africa, a multi-year program that supports theatre artists of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. In 2010, he produced a pilot Theatre Lab for 20 East African theatre artists on the island of Manda off the Kenyan coast. Prior to the Sundance Institute, Hibma served as the first managing director for Theater Latté Da in Minneapolis. He also served as general manager for the Minnesota Boychoir. He has been on the directing staffs for Broadway’s The Lion King and numerous productions at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. At the Virginia Opera, Hibma assisted Lillian Groag on Wagner’s Die Walküre. He has also worked as a graphic designer for Marinan Design, a design firm in the Twin Cities.
President, Kiwi Partners
Jacquie Holmes founded Kiwi Partners in 1998 providing outsourced accounting services to the not-for-profit community. She began her career at Coopers & Lybrand as an auditor. She then served as a consultant to the Boston Federal Reserve Bank in the aftermath of the Savings and Loans crisis. Prior to incorporating Kiwi Partners in 1998, Holmes held the post of chief financial officer of the American Horse Shows Association, a not-for-profit with eighty thousand members. Holmes is passionate about the work of her clients within the not-for-profit community and contributes both her time and resources to their unique missions. She serves on the boards of Services for the Underserved Inc., the Port Washington Library Foundation and Mixed Breeds In Need. Holmes is a member of the Womens’ President Organization. She holds a Masters in business administration from the Stern Graduate School of Business of New York University and is a Harvard Business School Alumni having completed the Harvard Business School’s three year OPM executive program. Holmes is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Managing Director, Seattle Children's Theatre
Tim Jennings joined SCT in the summer of 2008, after spending eight years as managing director of Roseneath Theatre in Toronto, Canada. At Roseneath, he managed one of Canada’s largest creators of new dramatic literature for young audiences and, together with artistic director and playwright David S. Craig, was nominated for over 15 Dora Awards (Canada’s Tony), winning six and receiving three Canada Council for the Arts Prizes. In 2007, Jennings was nominated as the Canadian Artist Manager of the Year (CAPACOA). His career has included theatre management for such notable companies as The Canadian Stage Company, The Canadian Opera Company, Ainsworth Production-SkyDome, Theatre Passe Muraille and the River Run Centre—Guelph. He has worked as a professor of theatre production and management at both the Ryerson University (Toronto) and Humber College Theatre Programs (Toronto). Jennings currently serves on the boards of International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), the Washington State Arts Alliance (WSAA) and the Boys and Girls Club of Kitsap County. Jennings has spent his career working to help artists remove roadblocks to the realization of excellence. He is thrilled to find, in SCT, a company of like mindset.
Rick Lester built TRG Arts on a 30-year career in entertainment marketing. Since founding the firm in 1995 as Lester & Associates, Lester and his partners have developed TRG into America’s largest consulting company dedicated to arts and culture, as well as the largest provider of cooperative programs like Chicago’s Community Cultural Database. Lester leads TRG’s counsel on patron behavior trends and their impact on patronage and revenue generation for organizations and communities. His pioneering work in demand management, pricing and cost-of-sale focus in marketing have become industry best practices. Hundreds of organizations in North America have generated successful revenue and audience results by following the data-driven strategies and counsel that Lester and his TRG colleagues recommend. He is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist nationwide and lead contributor to Analysis by TRG Arts, the firm’s blog on arts and cultural consumer behavior.
Author, Guiding Growth: How Vision Keeps Companies on Course
Mark Lipton holds a PhD from the School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he also taught. He is currently professor of management at the Milano Graduate School of the New School in New York City and also the director of the Tenenbaum Leadership Initiative, an innovative leadership development program based at Milano addressing the needs of CEOs of not-for-profit organizations who are replacing the founder or a legacy leader. Lipton’s most recent book, Guiding Growth: How Vision Keeps Companies on Course, was published by Harvard Business School Press in 2003 and has subsequently been translated into a number of foreign languages. His research and opinions on management and strategy have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Management Consulting, Optimize, Executive Excellence and Organization Development Journal, among others. He is a commentator for ABC World News This Morning, CNBC, Bloomberg Radio and public radio’s Marketplace. Lipton has been engaged in executive-level organizational consulting for over thirty-five years. He works with companies to develop unique solutions for managing growth and facilitating change and designs leadership development programs for regional and foreign governments, corporations and large not-for-profit organizations. Much of his work in executive development with foreign NGOs has been made possible, in part, through grants from the Ford, Rockefeller, Mott and Charles Revson Foundations. Lipton sits on a number of not-for-profit boards and is currently chairman of the board of Isabella Geriatric Center. From January through June, 2009, he served as the Erik Erikson Visiting Scholar-in-Residence at The Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. His research at Austen Riggs, which will be the centerpiece of his new book, examines how and why some entrepreneurs behave in ways that are counterproductive to the success of their organizations.
Executive Director, Baryshnikov Arts Center
Stanford Makishi has been executive director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) since 2008. In this role, he is responsible for all facets of planning and operations, including fundraising, budget oversight, artistic programming, marketing, tour coordination and general management of staff and facilities. Prior to his appointment at BAC, Makishi was director of creative services at Carnegie Hall, where he oversaw the group that serviced and optimized institutional brand management, publishing operations, internet activity, fundraising efforts, pedagogy and communications. Makishi was a performer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1992 to 1999, and then its development director until 2000; he continues to be involved in various special projects with the company. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Makishi is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was recognized as a Harvard College National Scholar and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is also an amateur violist and has written several children’s books for the educational divisions of McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin.
Artistic Director, Seattle Repertory Theatre
Jerry Manning is in his first full season as artistic director of Seattle Repertory Theatre. Manning joined Seattle Rep in 2001 as associate artistic director overseeing casting and artist relations; in 2008, he was named producing artistic director. Seattle directing credits include boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb; Thom Pain (based on nothing) by Will Eno; Autobahn by Neil LaBute; Drunken Stallion by Chris Haddad; Swine Maiden and Jump Start by Tina La Plant; Critical Mass by Scott Auguston; works in the 365 Days/365 Plays project by Suzan-Lori Parks; Stone in His Pockets by Marie Jones; Another Day in Baghdad by David A. Tucker II; Waiting by Jenny Mercein; John Lennon’s Gargoyle, Bliss and Washington My Home by Bryan Willis; and Past/Perfect by Jenny Mercein, Kelly Conway and Glenn Allen. Other directing credits include work at New Dramatists, New York Theatre Workshop, the Kennedy Center, The Studio Theatre, Source, Adirondack Theatre, Washington Stage Guild and Signature Theatre. From 1995 through 2000, Manning served as an artistic associate for New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) where he functioned as the company’s literary manager and casting director. Manning started his career in theatre at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and over the span of eleven seasons there he worked in fundraising, literary management and casting. He has done extensive casting work in film and television including Ken Burn’s The Civil War, Forrest Gump, The Pelican Brief and many others.
Executive Director, LA Stage Alliance
Terence McFarland holds both an MFA and BFA from California Institute of the Arts, an Associate Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, a certificate from Polimoda in Florence, Italy, and in 2005 was selected to receive a fellowship to attend the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders–Arts at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. He is a director, producer and performer, having presented work in many international film festivals and throughout the Los Angeles area, and spent over a decade working in the New York fashion industry. McFarland is a member of Southern California Leadership Network and currently serves on the boards of Arts for LA, California Arts Advocates and the California Institute of the Arts. He was named a trustee by City Council member Jose Huizar of the Bringing Back Broadway Initiative—a $40 million public private partnership to revitalize the historic Broadway District of downtown Los Angeles. McFarland has served as the lead consultant on the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles Arts retention projects in Hollywood and North Hollywood and as a grants panelist for Ventura Arts Council and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. McFarland has presented or facilitated workshops on corporate sponsorship, corporate volunteerism, arts marketing and technology, creativity and workforce development, performing arts touring (in partnership with the Western Arts Alliance) and new play development (in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Arena Stage), and has led sessions for arts journalism fellows for both the NEA/USC Arts Journalism fellowship program and the Los Angeles Sister Cities Arts Journalism Fellowship of LA, Inc., the Los Angeles Visitors and Convention Bureau. Additionally, he has guest lectured at UCLA, USC, LMU and Occidental College.
Founder and Artistic Director, Junebug Productions
John O’Neal is the founder and artistic director of Junebug Productions. Since 1963 he has been a leader in the field of artists working in a community and a leading advocate of the view that “politics” and “art” are complementary, not opposing terms. His work as a writer, performer and director has taken him to audiences throughout North America, Europe and Africa. Junebug Productions is the organizational successor to the Free Southern Theater of which O’Neal was also a co-founder and director. O’Neal was a field secretary of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and worked as an organizer with the United Church of Christ Committee for Racial Justice. O’Neal has authored twelve plays, several essays and poetry. He has numerous credits as an actor and has toured widely as the mythic character, Junebug Jabbo Jones, a character that was created by people involved in SNCC to symbolize the wisdom of common people. Since 1999, O’Neal’s main work has revolved around The Color Line Project, a community-based story collection project about the Civil Rights Movement. In 2002, O’Neal and his Color Line Project partner, Theresa Holden, won the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award for their joint work on the national Color Line Project.
Managing Director, Brava Theater Center
Hetal Patel has been the managing director at Brava Theater Center for over two years, during which the theatre has produced over 30 projects. Before Brava, she worked in the for-profit sector doing real estate, marketing, advertising and event planning. She graduated from Boston University with a bachelors degree in business, with a concentration in marketing and finance. In San Francisco, Patel worked at Marketing Drive (now Rivet Global) as an account executive for the Visa account, and later focused on online marketing and sales support at Education Finance Partners, a private student loan company. In addition, she spent some time consulting for the Red Poppy Art House. In her spare time, she rock climbs mountains and is trying to learn guitar.
Artistic Director, American Repertory Theater
Diane Paulus is the artistic director of American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. Her recent theatre credits include The Public Theater's revival of HAIR on Broadway (2009 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Musical, nominated for 8 Tony Awards including Best Director, as well as winner of a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama League Award for Best Revival of a Musical), London’s West End and national tour. She is the creator and director of The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which ran for six years Off-Broadway, now playing at the A.R.T. Other recent work includes Johnny Baseball (A.R.T.), Best of Both Worlds (A.R.T.), Il Mondo Della Luna (Gotham Chamber Opera at the Hayden Planetarium), Kiss Me, Kate (Glimmerglass Opera) and Lost Highway (ENO co-production with the Young Vic). Paulus is a professor of the Practice of Theater at Harvard University. Her upcoming work at the A.R.T. includes Prometheus Bound and Death and The Powers: The Robots’ Opera.
Artistic Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Bill Rauch was named artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2007. In eight seasons at OSF, he has directed the world premiere of Bill Cain’s Equivocation, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, The Music Man, Handler, The Clay Cart, Romeo and Juliet, Hedda Gabler, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, The Comedy of Errors, By the Waters of Babylon and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Prior to his appointment, Rauch completed a 20-year journey as co-founder and artistic director of the Cornerstone Theater Company, where he directed over 40 of the company's productions, many of them collaborations with diverse communities across the nation. He has also directed at the Lincoln Center Theater, the Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Pasadena Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre and many others. In October of 2008, Rauch was named a United States Artists Prudential Fellow, and is the recipient of the 2009 Margo Jones Medal and the 2010 Equality Champion Award (for Southern Oregon) from Basic Rights Oregon. A sampling of his many other awards for direction include Drama-Logue, Garland, Connecticut Critics’ Circle, Helen Hayes and Ovation Awards and the inaugural "Leadership for a Changing World" award.
General Manager, Steppenwolf Theatre Company
David Schmitz is the general manager of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, recipient of the 2009 Wall Street Journal Top Small Workplaces award. Prior to working at Steppenwolf, Schmitz was the general manager at Lookingglass Theatre Company, the business manager at Adair Performance (a variety entertainment agency) and the executive artistic director of the This Isn’t Brain Surgery Production Company (Greeley, CO). He is also an ensemble member emeritus of Stage Left Theatre Company and has directed numerous productions in and around Chicago. Currently, Schmitz is serving as the board president of 500 Clown and also serves on the board for the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce. He has served as a strategic planning, business practices, finance and hiring consultant for numerous Chicago theatres including The House Theatre of Chicago, The Hypocrites, Stage Left Theatre and Free Street Productions, and developed and taught a Financial Boot Camp class for the ArtsWork Fund to benefit early career arts administrators. David holds a BA in theatre from the University of Northern Colorado, an MFA from the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University and a certificate in not-for-profit management from Roosevelt University.
Artistic Director, Bond Street Theatre
Joanna Sherman is artistic director of Bond Street Theatre. The company works primarily in post-war areas and disadvantaged communities, collaborating with local artists and working for the benefit of women, children and others through participatory theatre-based workshops and performances. Current focus areas are Afghanistan, India and Myanmar (Burma). She has directed and taught internationally, and is a frequent speaker and advocate for theatre for social development. Sherman conducted a 3-year theatre-based conflict resolution project in India as part of the U.S. Department of State's educational and arts initiative, and recently received a grant from the U.S. Institute for Peace to continue her ongoing creative work in Afghanistan. She has also designed and implemented arts projects for international relief organizations. Sherman has been featured on CNN, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, National Public Radio and international TV and news media, and published in American Theatre magazine. She has a BFA in fine arts from Cooper Union and an MA in theatre & international studies from New York University. Sherman also plays saxophone with the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band.
Trustee, Denver Center Theatre Company and The Public Theater
Jim Steinberg has served on the board of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts since 2000. He sits on the finance, development and strategic planning committees. He is also currently a trustee of The Public Theater in New York, serving on the finance, building campaign and executive committees. For 11 years he was a board member of the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School (1991-2002), serving as treasurer, president and capital campaign chair. He currently is co-chair of their New Works Program. Steinberg is one of only two honorary members of the American Theatre Critics Association. He is a trustee of the Helen G. Bonfils Foundation, a director of the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and treasurer of the Mimi & Harold Steinberg Foundation. He is also a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute and a member of the National Council on the American Theatre. The Rotary International Foundation honored him for his leadership efforts in helping victims of Hurricane Rita. He is the winner of the Foreword National Book Award and the Colorado Book Award. For the past 36 years his work as a professional photographer has garnered numerous national and international awards and in 2006 he was named one of the decade's 100 most important nature photographers. Steinberg is president of Portfolio Publications. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin (1971) and a masters (1974) and doctorate (1975) from the University of Oregon in English.
Senior Program Analyst, National Endowment for the Arts
Sarah Sullivan is a senior program analyst in the Office of Research & Analysis (ORA) at the National Endowment for the Arts. She is responsible for developing and managing research projects on the arts in the United States, including leading a study on outdoor arts festivals and the production of five monographs about the 2008 Survey for Public Participation in the Arts. Sullivan is also involved in the development of the NEA ’s 2011-2016 strategic plan and the creation of the ORA’s first-ever strategic plan. Prior to the NEA, Sullivan managed an 18-country study on economic mobility at the World Bank. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in sociology from Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Artistic Director, New Repertory Theatre
Kate Warner is in the second year of her tenure as artistic director of The New Repertory Theatre. Prior to coming to New Rep, Warner was artistic director of Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, where she developed innovations in season planning, business models, education programs and audience development. She has amassed an impressive history as both a director and producer as the previous managing director/artistic associate with Atlanta's Theatrical Outfit, which in December of 2004 moved into its new $5.4 million home, thus completing an award-winning strategic plan. Her body of directorial work includes, for Dad's Garage: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Skin and Mojo; for Actor’s Express: The Last Five Years, Pulp and Octopus; for Theatrical Outfit: Waiting for Godot and The Island; for American Stage: Proof; and for Magic Theatre: Octopus. She has championed new work from playwrights such as Lisa Kron, Alice Tuan, Peter Nachtrieb, Chris Craddock, Kyle Jarrow, Suzan-Lori Parks, Megan Gogerty, David J (Bauhaus), Caridad Svich, Lauren Gunderson, Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, Ross Maxwell, Rolin Jones, David Holstein, John Pierson, Steve Yockey, Heather Woodbury, Chay Yew and Greg Kotis. Warner serves as a board member of Theatre Communications Group and will chair the 2011 National Conference in Los Angeles. She is also a member and facilitator of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors' Lab in New York, a member and panelist of the Directors Lab West in Los Angeles and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. In summer 2004, she completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders in the Arts at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the New Artistic Leadership Institute with TCG/Dance USA at the McCarter Theatre. Recognition for her directing work includes a Suzi Bass Award Nomination for Best Musical 2008, Sunday Paper Top 10 Director 2007, Suzi Bass Award for Best Director and Best Play 2006 and Best Director Readers’ Pick in Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta 2007 and 2006. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI, with degrees in theatre and anthropology.
Co-Editor, The Art of Governance: Boards in the Performing Arts
Jaan Whitehead is the former board chair of the SITI Company and has also served on the boards of The Acting Company, Arena Stage, Living Stage, Whole Theatre, the National Cultural Alliance and TCG. She is also a founding member of the National Council for the American Theatre, and has been executive director of Theatre for a New Audience and development director for CENTERSTAGE. A former teacher of political philosophy at Georgetown University, she is the co-editor, with Nancy Roche, of The Art of Governance: Boards in the Performing Arts, published in the spring of 2005 by TCG, and also writes essays on art and culture.
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
Douglas Wilson was confirmed to the position of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs on February 11, 2010. In this position he serves as the principal staff advisor and assistant to the United States Secretary of Defense and United States Deputy Secretary of Defense and follows the Secretary's Principles of Information in providing defense department information to the public, the Congress and the media. Wilson, a native of Tucson, Arizona, and a graduate of Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, previously served as executive vice president of the Howard Gilman Foundation. He has convened and led global cross-disciplinary meetings on issues including energy security and health and macroeconomics; a series of bilateral meetings of U.S. thought leaders with counterparts from around the world; and policy strategy sessions on domestic issues ranging from public diplomacy to military families. Wilson is the immediate past president of The Leaders Project, which he co-founded in 2001 with former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen. He is also a co-founder of the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative. He began his career as a Foreign Service Information Officer and later served as foreign policy advisor to former U.S. Senator Gary Hart and as head of the international relations office of the City of Phoenix. In the 1990s he served as Director of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, as the Senior Advisor to the Director for the U.S. Information Agency, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, as National Political Director of the Democratic Leadership Council and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. He was twice presented the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Pentagon's top civilian honor. Wilson was the founding chairman of the board of directors of the Public Diplomacy Collaborative at Harvard University. He has served on the boards of directors of Third Way, HDI, The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, The Howard Gilman Foundation and the National Security Network.
Director of Global Community Investing, The Boeing Company
Angel Ysaguirre is the director of global community investing at The Boeing Company. He was a program officer at the McCormick Tribune Foundation from 1996 to 1999 and managed the foundation’s grants in homelessness, youth development and employment programs, and co-authored “A Guide to Funding Youth Development.” Ysaguirre served as director of programs at the Illinois Humanities Council from 1999 to 2005. There he managed the grant making program and developed “Brown v. Board 50 Years Later: Conversations on Race, Integration, and the Courts,” “Einstein’s Revolutions,” and The Odyssey Project, a series of college-level courses in philosophy, literature, history, art history and critical thinking and writing for the poor. He is currently on the board of Theatre Communications Group and has served on the boards of the Donors Forum of Chicago, the Illinois Center for the Book, Horizons Community Services, Blair Thomas and Company and the Next Theatre, where he served as board chair.