2011 TCG Fall Forum on Governance
Friday Night Keynote Speaker: David Henry Hwang
Playwright, Screenwriter, & Librettist
David Henry Hwang's work includes the plays M. Butterfly, Golden Child, Yellow Face and FOB; the Broadway musicals AIDA (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney's Tarzan; and opera libretti for Philip Glass' The Yoyage, Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar (two 2007 Grammy Awards) and Bright Sheng's The Silver River. He also penned the feature films M. Butterfly, Golden Gate, and Possession (co-writer), and Executive Produced the upcoming indie movie White Frog. Hwang is a Tony© Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. He sits on the boards of the Dramatists Guild and the American Theatre Wing, and was appointed by President Clinton to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. His newest play, Chinglish, premiered this summer at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, and will open on Broadway this October.
Defining, Redefining and Capitalizing Assets
Program Director, Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Since 2006, Ben Cameron has been Program Director, Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in New York, NY, supervising a $13 million grants program focusing on organizations and artists in the theatre, contemporary dance, jazz and presenting fields. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group. Other roles include Senior Program Officer at the Dayton Hudson Foundation, Manager of Community Relations for Target Stores (supervising its grantmaking program) and Director of the Theater Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. He has addressed arts gatherings in Ireland, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, England, Scotland and Russia, as well as US national gatherings of the theatre, chamber music, symphony, presenting, dance, and choral fields; served on the national boards of the Arts and Business Council and Grantmakers in the Arts; and received honorary degrees from Goucher College in Baltimore, DePaul University in Chicago and American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, in addition to an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. In 2007, he was one of five recipients of the Distinguished Alumus Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has lectured on theatre aboard both the Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 on four separate cruises, appeared during 14 seasons as a panelist on the quiz feature on the Live from the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, twice ridden his bicycle from Minneapolis to Chicago to raise money for AIDS relief services, and served for six years as a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee.
Managing Director; The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency
Bruce Coppock is the Managing Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency, a post he assumed in June 2011 after the cancer which forced his retirement in 2008 went into remission. Bruce Coppock was president and managing director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 1999 to 2008. Under Mr. Coppock's leadership the SPCO, the country's only full-time professional chamber orchestra, undertook several new initiatives, largely focused on developing the distinctive artistic profile of the SPCO. During Mr. Coppock's tenure, SPCO attendance increased greatly, board giving quadrupled, and the SPCO's endowment grew significantly. His work at the SPCO was recently documented in Fearless Journeys, a collection of five case studies about innovation in American orchestras, published by the League of American Orchestras. Bruce Coppock served as the founding director of the League of American Orchestras' Orchestra Leadership Academy during 1998-99, and in 1997-98, was Deputy Director of Carnegie Hall. From 1992 to 1997 he served as Executive Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, after joining the orchestra as Operation Manager in 1990. Under his leadership, the orchestra became known nationally for its extensive community engagement programs. At the beginning of his career, Mr. Coppock was an active professional cellist in the Boston area. He was the co-founder of the Boston Chamber Music Society, where he served as executive director. Mr. Coppock was the director of both the chamber music and orchestral studies programs of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he received both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in cello.
Artistic Director; Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Martha Lavey (Artistic Director) has been an ensemble member since 1995 and has appeared at Steppenwolf in Middletown, Endgame, Up, Good Boys and True, Love-Lies-Bleeding, Lost Land, I Never Sang for My Father, The House of Lily, Valparaiso, The Memory of Water, The Designated Mourner, Supple in Combat, Time of My Life, A Clockwork Orange, Talking Heads, SLAVS!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Ghost in the Machine, A Summer Remembered, Love Letters, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Savages and Middletown. Elsewhere in Chicago she has performed at the Goodman, Victory Gardens, Northlight and Remains theaters and in New York at the Women’s Project and Productions. She has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, The Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Three Arts, U.S. Artists and the City Arts panel of Chicago. Lavey holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and is a member of the National Advisory Council for the School of Communication at Northwestern and is on the board of TCG. She is a recipient of the Sarah Siddons Award and an Alumni Merit Award and honorary Doctorate of Arts from Northwestern University.
Executive Director; Hip-Hop Theater Festival
Clyde Valentin was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and is the producer and executive director of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival (HHTF), a unique arts organization dedicated to bringing new and diverse audiences to the theater. HHTF produces its Festivals and other productions in major urban markets around the United States including New York City, Washington, DC, Chicago and San Francisco.Over the last decade HHTF has grown into one of the most influential outlets showcasing Hip-Hop performing arts in the country and has become a major contributor to the cultural life of participating cities. In addition to critical acclaim and positive response from audiences, HHTF was recently recognized with a special award from the Words, Beats and Life as an outstanding non-profit organization representing the Hip-Hop generation. In 2004, it was recognized by the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers as an outstanding grantee of the Nathan Cummings Foundation for "its innovative approach to addressing socio-political issues in New York City and beyond through the arts". He serves on the Art Advisory Board for the Times Square Alliance and recently joined the Board of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), America's largest service organization for non-profit theatres. He is also serves as a Panelist for the New York State Council on Arts Theatre Program. 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.
Capitalizing Human Assets
Board Chair, American Conservatory Theater
Nancy Livingston is a seasoned professional in the communications business. Since obtaining her B.S. degree in Advertising Journalism from Boston University, she has worked as a copywriter, account executive and artist representative in various ad agencies and graphic design firms. She began her career at CBS, Young & Rubicam and Ketchum MacLeod & Grove. In San Francisco, Livingston is the Board Chair of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater. (A.C.T.) She recently chaired the theater’s $31 million, first-ever endowment campaign, and is currently spearheading the organization’s strategic planning process. Livingston recently rotated off the Board of Cal Performances, a multi-arts presenting organization in Berkeley California, where she served as Vice Chair and led the Board through its branding campaign. In Washington, D.C., Livingston serves on the National Advisory Board of Washington, D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts, a private museum dedicated exclusively to recognizing women artists in all creative disciplines. In Boston, she is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Boston University’s College of Communication. Livingston is also a member of the Council of Advocates for the Boston Arts Academy, a pilot arts school that operates within the Boston Public School District. She is pleased to be a new member of The National Council for the American Theatre (NCAT). Livingston lives in San Francisco with her husband Fred Levin who is the Director of The Shenson Foundation.
Richard A. Mittenthal
President and CEO, TCC Group
Richard Mittenthal is President and CEO of TCC Group. Since joining the firm in 1989, he has led consulting and planning assignments for a wide range of clients, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Japan Foundation/Center for Global Partnership, the Ford Foundation, the Altman Foundation, Third Street Music School Settlement, the Margaret Cargill Foundation, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Jewish Museum, the US Holocaust Memo-rial Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Children's Defense Fund, the United Way of New York City, the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Charles Hayden Founda-tion, and the Roosevelt Institute. In 1997, Mittenthal initiated a collaborative effort with the Indiana University Center on Philan-thropy to create the Grantmakers Institute, a series of educational courses for foundation staff around the country. In 1999, he served as Senior Advisor to the 93rd American Assembly: Phi-lanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in a Changing America. He was a member of the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy, an initiative involving 58 individuals from North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and the Council of the Aspen Institute's Non-profit Sector and Philanthropy Program. In 1982, he served as the first Chairman of Grantmakers in the Arts. Mittenthal spent 12 years at the New York Community Trust, the largest community foundation in the United States. From 1983 to 1989, he served as the Trust’s Vice President for Program, overseeing the discretionary grant program. Active in civic and cultural affairs, he currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, The American Assembly, and Symphony Space, where he was Board President for eight years. Mittenthal served for six years as a Mayoral appointee to the New York City Commission on Cultural Affairs, 13 years as a Trustee of Meet the Composer, eight years as a Trustee of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, six years as a Board Member of the Dalton School, nine years as a Director of the Alliance for the Arts, and seven years as a Trustee of The American Symphony Orchestra League. Recently, Mittenthal was appointed by Governor David Patterson to the New York State Council on the Arts. He has a BS in Economics from Roosevelt University in Chicago and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Richard A. Nurse
Senior Board Member, Crossroads Theatre Company
Richard Nurse, retired Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education at Rutgers University, has had a varied career which included positions as a college admission officer at Brown University, federal government contract negotiator, actuarial correspondent with Prudential Insurance Company, boarding school headmaster and Executive Director of the Tony Award winning Crossroads Theatre Company from 2004-2008. For 23 years, beginning in 1976, Dick had oversight responsibility for New Jersey's largest Educational Opportunity Fund Program which included 2600 low-income students annually, ten separate administrative offices at ten of Rutgers’ colleges, and total annual budgets in excess of four million dollars. In 1978 Dick was appointed by the president of Rutgers as his Executive Assistant for Minority Affairs, a position that served as a clearinghouse for the resolution of sensitive problems, solutions and public relations. He also coordinated all administrative activities at the University regarding veteran affairs. After becoming Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1986, at the 50,000-student university, he was responsible for university-wide oversight of the extensive Rutgers’ academic retention programs and committees. Prior to his arrival at Rutgers, Mr. Nurse was Headmaster of the Stockbridge School in Stockbridge, Mass., the international boarding school from which he graduated. From 1968 through 1973, Dick Nurse served, first as assistant, then Associate Director of Admission at Brown University in Providence, R. I. As the first African American administrator at his Ivy League alma mater, he had as his recruitment territory New Jersey, Long Island and a wide range of high schools in nearly every urban center in the nation. Before arriving at Brown, Dick held the job of Procurement Specialist for the US Army Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth in Red Bank, NJ. From 1964-1966 Nurse worked for Prudential Insurance Company in its Actuarial Services division where he passed two Life Office Management Association examinations. Prior to working for Prudential, Dick served in France and Germany as a member of the US Army's 513th Military Intelligence branch. Nurse earned his BA from Brown University. His MPA was received from the University of Rhode Island; that degree included 36 Public Administration credits transferred from NYU.
Board President, Curious Theatre Company
Jeremy Shamos is the Board Chair of Curious Theatre in Denver, Colorado. Active in many performing arts organizations, he has served in leadership positions at Opera Colorado (where he and his wife, Susan, were Co-Chairs 2003-2007), Colorado Children's Chorale and the Acting Company of New York, on whose executive committee he currently sits. Now retired, he is a lawyer by training and spent much of his professional career with Mark Goodson Productions in New York and Los Angeles. He also had several years in Paris, France as a young lawyer at Coudert Freres, several more as the founder of a public interest law firm in Denver, Colorado, and several more as counsel to Governor Richard L. Lamm of Colorado. He is married with four children and six grandchildren. If you Google "Jeremy Shamos", you are more likely to find his son, a working actor in New York.
The Financial State of our Theatre Field: A National Perspective
Executive Director, Theatre Communications Group
Teresa Eyring joined TCG in March 2007. Prior to arriving at TCG, Ms. Eyring spent more than twenty years as an executive in theatres around the U.S. Positions included: managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) 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. She began her theatre career as director of development for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., in 1983. She holds a B.A. in international relations from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in theatre administration from Yale School of Drama. Ms. 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, a member of the National Advisory Council for the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh and a member of the Tony Awards nominating committee.
Kevin E. Moore
Managing Director, Theatre Communications Group
Kevin E. Moore is an arts professional with over 20 years experience. Mr. Moore joined TCG is 2010. Prior he served as managing director for Arizona Theatre Company, a LORT B theatre based in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona prior to joining TCG. He was with Arizona Theatre Company for ten years, starting as marketing director and finishing his time there as managing director. In addition, Mr. Moore has served in many capacities with organizations including the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, Historic New Harmony in Indiana, Cincinnati Arts Association and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has served on grant panels for Theatre Communications Group, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the City of Phoenix and was Founding Board Chair of Alliance for Audience, a service organization for the arts in Phoenix. He has also been a guest lecturer at Arizona State University. Mr. Moore graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC.
Building Financial Capital in an Uncertain World: Perspectives from National Funders and Philanthropy Experts
Editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Stacy Palmer is editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has served as a top editor since the newspaper was founded in 1988 and has overseen the development of its websites http://philanthropy.com and http://philanthropycareers.com. She is also co-editor of The Chronicle Board Report, a newsletter for nonprofit board members that appears six times a year. Ms. Palmer has appeared frequently on radio and television to offer commentary on news in the nonprofit world. She edited Challenges for Philanthropy and Nonprofits, a book published by the University Press of New England that collects three decades of observations by the nonprofit activist and The Chronicle of Philanthropy columnist Pablo Eisenberg. Before she joined The Chronicle of Philanthropy, she was editor for government and politics at The Chronicle of Higher Education. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in international relations.
Jonathan Katz, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
Jonathan Katz, Ph.D., is one of the nation’s primary spokespersons for public funding of the arts. He has led NASAA, the association created by the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies (SAAs) of the United States to be their resource for strategic thinking, leadership development and advocacy for more than 20 years. During the current fiscal year, SAAs manage $346 million in state appropriations, federal grants and other revenues. Dr. Katz was tenured as professor of public policy and administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield, where he directed the graduate arts administration program. Previously, he directed The Children’s Museum of Denver and the Kansas Arts Commission. He is a co-founder of the Arts Education Partnership, established by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts as the nation’s forum for the advancement of arts education (http://www.aep-arts.org), and of the Cultural Advocacy Group, the table at which NASAA, TCG and other leading associations craft a united agenda for federal arts support. A former member of the U.S. Commission on UNESCO, he has advised the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (http://www.IFACCA.org) on its corporate development and facilitated its CEO Seminar for heads of national arts and cultural agencies at World Summits in England, South Africa and Australia. Most recently, he keynoted the Arts and Education Symposium of the Education Policy Leadership Center (Pennsylvania) on Learning and the Arts: What do we Know & What should we Do?
Executive Director, Shubert Foundation
Vicki Reiss is Executive Director of The Shubert Foundation since 1993 after having been Program Director for five years. Prior to that, spent four years as Director of Development at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Served in positions including business manager, associate general manager and box office manager at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Westport Playhouse and Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center. Helped to establish The Shubert Organization’s Tele-Charge Center as Operations Manager from 1981-85. Served as an adjunct lecturer in Brooklyn College’s MFA Performing Arts Management Program.
Retired Chairman & CEO, RBC Dain Rauscher
Irving Weiser retired in October 2006 as Chairman of RBC Dain Rauscher, a Minneapolis-based wealth management and capital markets firm, having served as its President from 1985 to 1989, its CEO from 1990 to April 2003 and its Chairman until October 2006. From 2001-2003 Weiser was also a member of RBC Financial Group’s Executive Committee and Chairman of RBC-US. Prior to 1985, Weiser was a partner at Dorsey & Whitney, a leading Minneapolis law firm, specializing in corporate and securities law, where he currently serves as an Advisor. Weiser is a Life Trustee, a past chairman and current member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Guthrie Theater Foundation. He is past Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee of the Greater Twin Cities United Way, where he led the Annual Campaign in 2000. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Bush Foundation (St. Paul, Minnesota), a private foundation with $800 Million in assets. Weiser is a past Chairman of the Board (1997) of the Securities Industry Association and served as a member of its board from 1993 to 1999. He is a past member of the NYSE Nominating and Regional Firms Committees. He has served on the boards of other charitable organizations, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Jewish Museum (New York City), The Signature Theater (new York City), Children’s Home Society of Minnesota, The Carlson School at the University of Minnesota and Temple Israel. In 2003-2005, Weiser chaired the Governance Transition Committee for Hennepin County Medical Center. He has been inducted in the Minnesota Volunteer Hall of Fame. He has a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and a law degree with honors from Brooklyn Law School. He was an Adjunct Professor of Law (1974 to 1981) at the William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota.
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." He served as Director of Programs at the Illinois Humanities Council from 1999 to 2005. There he managed the grantmaking 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 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. He was recently appointed by the mayor of Chicago to serve on the City of Chicago's Cultural Advisory Council.
Breakout Session: Community Engaged Theatre
Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area
Brad Erickson, Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area: Brad serves as executive director of Theatre Bay Area, one of the nation’s largest regional performing arts service organizations, with 350 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 and dance community. Brad 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. He is the co-founder and co-director of Arts Forum SF, advocating for the arts in San Francisco, and is the Chair of the Mid-Market Project Area Committee of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Before coming to Theatre Bay Area in 2003, Brad served as executive director of the Northern California Supplier Development Council, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and strengthening ethnic minority-owned businesses. Also a playwright, his play Woody & Me received an NEA grant for its 2001 world premier at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, IN and was selected as best new play in the 2000 Festival of Emerging American Theatre. His play, The War at Home, received its world premiere at San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) in September of 2006, and won an award for Best New Script from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Currently Brad is developing two new plays: American Dream, el sueno del otro lado, at NCTC where it is set to premiere in 2013, and Milagro, at NCTC and Z Space Studio in San Francisco.
Executive Artistic Director, Dallas Children's Theater
Robyn Flatt co-founded Dallas Children's Theater (DCT) in 1984 with a start-up fund of $500. Under her artistic leadership, the theater’s creative and operational stature has grown over the past 27 years to reflect its current annual budget of more than $3.5 million. Her theatrical career has garnered acclaim as a professional director, actor and lighting designer. During her tenure as a member of the Dallas Theater Center Resident Company, she served as Assistant Artistic Director, director of Theater-in-the-Park, and Director of Graduate Studies in Theater at Trinity University. She holds an MA Degree from Baylor University where she studied with Paul Baker. Among Ms. Flatt’s many acting credits include two roles she created for award-winning world premiere productions: Dewey Dell in Journey to Jefferson and Martha Ann Sickenger in Preston Jones’ The Oldest Living Graduate. At Dallas Theater Center she directed numerous plays including Scapino!, The Miracle Worker and Tally’s Folly. At DCT she has directed close to 100 productions encompassing virtually all of the major works in the youth theater canon including To Kill A Mockingbird, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Miracle Worker. Ms. Flatt has long been an advocate for bringing original productions to the stage. Among the roster of new works created by DCT are five world premiere musical adaptations of books by internationally renowned author/illustrator Steven Kellogg. DCT is proud to be a leader in the development and commissioning of plays for and about young adults including a quartet of world premiere dramas that tackle some of the tougher issues facing today’s youth including girl bullying, eating disorders and dating violence. Ms. Flatt directed the acclaimed fourth play in the cycle, hard 2 spel dad, which explored the often misunderstood world of learning differences.
Artistic Producer, The Foundry Theatre
Melanie Joseph is a theatre-maker and founding Artistic Producer of The Foundry Theatre. She has co-created and/or directed 9 of the company’s premieres that have been recognized with 8 OBIEs and 3Drama Desk nominations. Joseph is also a curator of The Foundry’s Public Dialogues Series which regularly bring artists together with other community stakeholders to explore what we mean to be as citizens in the world that we create. For this dual focus The Foundry has twice been honored with the Ross Wetzsteon OBIE for “engaging artists in the thorniest issues of the world we inhabit.” Joseph has received the Skirball Kennis’ T.I.M.E. Artist prize and the first Lucille Lortel Award for Artistic Producing and has twice been a recipient of the Duke/Mellon program for mentoring “theater leaders of tomorrow.” Joseph served on the Board of Theater Communications Group (TCG) and was the Co-President of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), US Chapter. She holds a BA in Literature and Political Science from The University of Western Ontario and a post-baccalaureate degree in pre-medicine from the City University of New York. Joseph is an active participant in the World Social Forum process both locally and internationally.
Community Programs Producer; The Foundry Theatre
RJ Maccani has been a grassroots social justice organizer for over a decade. At the intersection of art and social justice, he worked as an Associate Producer and Story Advisor on the award-winning documentary film Slingshot Hip Hop and is currently a participant/performer in Secret Survivors, an oral history theatre work featuring adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, part of Ping Chong & Company's Undesirable Elements series. As Community Programs Producer for the Foundry Theatre, RJ led production on this year's festival, "NYC... Just Like I Pictured It", featuring collaborations between artists and social justice communities throughout the city.
Managing Director, La Jolla Playhouse
Michael S. Rosenberg was appointed Managing Director of the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse in April, 2009. Known for its tradition of creating the most exciting and adventurous new work in regional theatre, the Playhouse has produced 66 world premieres and has sent 19 productions to Broadway, including the currently-running hits Memphis, Bonnie & Clyde and Jersey Boys, as well as Big River, The Who’s Tommy, Thoroughly Modern Millie and the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, which launched the Playhouse’s acclaimed Page To Stage play development program. During his tenure, Mr. Rosenberg has worked in partnership with Artistic Director Christopher Ashley to produce eight world premieres, six Playhouse commissions and second productions of five plays. He also fostered the growth of the Playhouse’s award-winning Performance Outreach Program (POP) tour, achieving the most performances in local schools in Playhouse history. Prior to joining the Playhouse, Mr. Rosenberg 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, Isaac Mizrahi, Paul Rudnick and David and Amy Sedaris. He also spent several years in Washington, DC, where he produced and managed educational theatre programs for the National Dance Institute at The Kennedy Center and the Shakespeare Theatre. He has also been part of the producing teams for the Broadway productions of Grey Gardens and American Buffalo and the current national tour of Little House on the Prairie.
Executive Director; Network of Ensemble Theatres
Mark Valdez is the Executive Director of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, a national coalition of ensemble-based theaters that aims to support and sustain ensemble practice. Current NET projects include the Micro-Fest: USA initiative (theater festivals in Detroit, Eastern Kentucky, New Orleans and Honolulu) and the creation of an artist-to-artist touring network. Based in Los Angeles , Mark has worked as an educator, writer and director, including five years as an ensemble member with Cornerstone Theater Company. Directing credits include the first ever approved adaptation of the Kaufman and Hart classic, You Can't Take It With You, adapted to LA's Muslim community, and a bi-lingual, Spanish-English, adaptation of the musical comedy, The Pajama Game. Mark has directed world premiere plays by Erik Ehn, Tracy Scott Wilson, Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Peter Howard, Rickerby Hinds, and others. His play, Around Atlanta on $80, an adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days was recently presented through the Alliance Theater’s Collisions Project. Mark has led workshops and participated in panels for TCG, Lincoln Center, Southwest Arts Conference, Leadership for a Changing World, REDCAT, NYU, The New School, ATHE, NEA and the Ford Foundation, and many others. He received an MFA in Directing from UC Irvine and is the recipient of Princess Grace Foundation Award for Directing.
Breakout Session: Creative Funding Sources
Development Director, Lookingglass Theatre Co
Jenny Bienemann has served as a key staff member for professional theatre companies for the past fifteen years. With an extensive record of fundraising and administrative success, Jenny joined Lookingglass Theatre Company as the Director of Development in late 2003. The majority of her experience rests with collaborative, ensemble-based arts organizations. Before settling at Lookingglass, she worked at Steppenwolf for eight Seasons and the Auditorium Theatre Council, where she served for two seasons. Her work regionally includes consultancies with Taproot Theatre in Seattle, the Third Avenue Playhouse and The American Folklore Theatre in Door County, WI, and locally with Redmoon Theatre, Jan Erkert and Dancers, and Jellyeye Drum Theatre.
Founder & CEO at Phoenix Idea Lab, Executive Director at The Black Family Foundation
Tamarah Black serves concurrently as the Executive Director of The Black Family Foundation, Lead Analyst for New Business Development for Black Interests Limited Partnership, and the CEO of Phoenix Idea Lab. Her organizational experience includes 20 years in executive level roles in the political, philanthropic, and business sectors. She enjoys the political arena and has served as Finance Director to a Congressman and Lt. Governor. She thrives on the excitement and creative satisfaction of building successful companies and enchanting rather than simply satisfying stakeholders and has indulged both desires as former CEO of two privately held international companies. Her primary philanthropic interest lies in strategic investments that leverage cross sector collaboration to align resources to address systemic barriers to social progress. Dedicated to community improvement she serves or has served on the boards of many nonprofits including The Erie Philharmonic, CASA, Women’s Economic Development Outreach National Tour for NWPA, Humane Society of NWPA, and the Women’s Fund of the Erie Community Foundation.
Managing Director, ZACH Theatre
Elisbeth Challener joined ZACH Theatre in Austin, TX as the organization’s Managing Director in 2007. Elisbeth is responsible for a $22M capital campaign toward the building of a new theatre as well as the management, development and finances of the organization. Under her guidance ZACH completed a Five Year Strategic Plan that will move the organization into the next phase of its significant expansion. Prior to Austin, she resided in the San Francisco bay area where she was Montalvo Arts Center’s Executive Director, spending nearly 20 years with the organization. As Executive Director, Elisbeth led Montalvo’s growth from a small, community-based organization into a major presenting venue and home to an internationally acclaimed artists’ residency program. Other accomplishments during her tenure included increasing ticket sales from less than $500K to more than $4 million, expanding the patron base from 6,000 to 80,000, and raising more than $20 million for capital projects. Earlier in her career, she served as Administrative Director for the San Francisco Boys Chorus, Education/Outreach Director of the Fairmount Theatre of the Deaf, and as department chair and faculty member of the performing arts department of The Purnell School in New Jersey. Elisbeth graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in drama and musical theatre. She attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, Center for Excellence in Nonprofit Management Leaders Institute in San Jose, Calif. and served in leadership roles for the American Leadership Forum, Silicon Valley, Saratoga Rotary Club and Arts Council of Silicon Valley. Elizabeth currently serves on the Board and the Executive Committee of the National Alliance of Musical Theatre. Elisbeth has always had a passion for the theatre and performed for many years in summer stock, dinner theatre, and semi-professional productions on the east coast and in California.
Marion Friedman Young
Managing Director, The Civilians
Marion Friedman Young is the Managing Director of The Civilians, an investigative theater company based in Brooklyn. Marion joined The Civilians in May of 2008 after six years as a production stage manager. Much of her stage management career was devoted to the work of August Wilson, including his final play Radio Golf, which was produced at eight theaters nation-wide, including the Cort Theatre on Broadway. She helped to plan, organize, and stage manage the Kennedy Center’s August Wilson’s Twentieth Century, in which all ten plays of the cycle were produced in rep in a 5 week festival. She has worked at regional and New York theaters including Center Theatre Group, the Goodman Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The Play Company and The Atlantic Theater Company. Prior to her work as a stage manager, Marion worked in the development departments of the Manhattan Theater Club and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the Yale School of Drama.
Breakout Session: So you have a deficit. Now what?
Manager, Arts & Culture, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Kim Cook joined Nonprofit Finance Fund in 2008 to manage the arts and culture initiatives for the mid-Atlantic region. In 2010 her work expanded to encompass the Southeastern United States and includes providing NFF tools and services, making small grants, and delivering custom engagements for clients. She came to NFF after six years of free lance consulting and special projects including resurrecting the Philadelphia Zoo’s corporate leadership program, launching a creative economies project in the Silicon Valley culminating in a new festival of art and technology "ZeroOne", and serving as director and dramaturg for a theater project on migrant culture touring to Vienna in 2006 and for five weeks in Kenya in 2007. Kim is an avid learner with expertise areas in strategic management, marketing, social enterprise, and the use of electronic media/virtual space. Ms. Cook’s work in the arts encompasses the roles of artistic director, executive director, and producer. She studied Accounting, Strategic Management, Economics, and Video Production in addition to her BA in the Performing Arts and MA in Arts and Consciousness. In 2004 — 05 she was a management fellow at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has served as a grant evaluator for Creative Capital, the California Arts Council, the Rockefeller MAP fund, San Francisco Arts Commission and the Philadelphia Culture Fund. She’s been an invited presenter for the Japanese Cultural Trade Network/Tokyo Arts Market, Gateways to the Americas/Mexico City, League of American Orchestras, and National Performance Network.
Executive Director, Trinity Repertory Company
Michael Gennaro joined Trinity Repertory Theatre as executive director in 2007. Prior to Trinity, he was the CEO of Paper Mill Playhouse, executive director of Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia and managing director of Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Michael also served as executive director of Steppenwolf Theatre for eight years and during his tenure Steppenwolf was awarded the National Medal of Arts and received a Tony award for the Broadway production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Michael was an actor having performed at BAM in an ensemble company formed by English director Frank Dunlop and performed in the off and on Broadway productions of Godspell. He was a practicing litigating and entertainment attorney in New York and has served on the boards of Redmoon Theatre in Chicago and the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and is currently the vice president of the National Corporate Theatre Fund. Michael is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Fordham Law School and is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse having studied for several years with Sandy Meisner. In his spare time, Michael serves as a referee with the Providence Roller Derby.
Tracy E. Long
General Manager, Adirondack Theatre Festival
Tracy Long is in her third year as General Manager of Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls, NY. Now preparing for its 18th summer season, Adirondack Theatre Festival is an Equity theatre (SPT Level 5) focusing on new and contemporary plays and musicals. Prior to ATF, Tracy worked in production and administration with companies such as Tulsa Opera (Tulsa, OK), PlayMakers Repertory Company (Chapel Hill, NC), Madison Repertory Theatre (Madison, WI), The Dallas Opera (Dallas, TX) and Historyonics Theatre Company (St. Louis, MO), among others. For a few years before moving to Glens Falls, she worked for commercial real estate developers as an office manager, bookkeeper and property manager. Tracy holds a BFA in Theatre Arts: Stage Management from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis. She is a member of Soroptimist International of the Adirondacks, Theatre Communications Group and Actors' Equity Association.
Managing Director, Penumbra, Theatre Company
Chris Widdess was retained by Penumbra Theatre Company in 2004 as its Managing Director to eliminate the remaining $400,000 of debt and to help determine if the organization could be sustainable. Together with Lou Bellamy, Penumbra founder and artistic director, they eliminated the debt by June 2007 and helped the staff and board rediscover the company’s pride, recommit to the mission, and craft a vision. The company has doubled its operating budget and has had positive net assets every year since 2005. As part of an administrative succession plan, Widdess is now the Managing Director of External Relations overseeing development, sales and communications while providing support to the Managing Director of Administration. Widdess has over 30 years of experience in strategic realignments and new market development with for-profit and non-profit corporations including the March of Dimes, Minnesota Public Radio, St Paul Pioneer Press and the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation.
Breakout Session: Tackling the Elephant in the Room
Kevin E. Moore
Managing Director, Theatre Communications Group
(see bio above)
Board President, Contemporary American Theater Festival
Jenny Ewing Allen serves as board president of the Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Entering its 22nd season, CATF is a LORT repertory that has produced 90 new American plays, including 34 world premieres, by over 65 playwrights. CATF experienced a 15% increase in attendance in 2011, drawing audiences from 35 states and around the globe. In 2010, Jenny was appointed by then Governor Joe Manchin to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the body tasked with developing and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for the state's four-year public colleges and universities. From 2005-2010 she was a member of the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Foundation board and the President's Council at the National Public Radio Foundation. She has been a trustee of North Country School and Camp Treetops in Lake Placid, NY, since 2006. Jenny served as vice chair of the recently-completed $26 million Create the Future campaign for Shepherd University and is an active fundraiser for Democrats campaigning for federal office. She earned a B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., an M.A. from the University of Georgia, and recently completed the Executive Certificate program in Nonprofit Management at Georgetown University. Jenny lives in Shepherdstownwith her son, Grady.
Lydia Diamond's plays include Stick Fly (’10 Boston Irne Award — Best Play, ’10 LA Critics Circle Awards, ’10 LA Garland Award — Playwriting, ’08 Susan S. Blackburn Finalist, ’06 Black Theatre Alliance Award — Best Play), Voyeurs de Venus (’06 Joseph Jefferson Award — Best New Work, ’06 BTAA — Best Writing), The Bluest Eye (’06 Black Arts Alliance Image Award — Best New Play, ’08 AATE Distinguished Play Award), The Gift Horse (Theadore Ward Prize, Kesselring Prize 2nd Place), Harriet Jacobs, Stage Black, and Lizzie Stranton. Theatres include: Arena Stage, Chicago Dramatists, Company One, Congo Square, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Co, Kansas City Rep, L.A. Theatre Works, Long Wharf, McCarter Theatre Center, MPAACT, New Vic, Playmakers Rep, Providence Black Rep, Steppenwolf, TrueColors, The Matrix, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Lydia has been commissioned by: Steppenwolf, McCarter, Huntington, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Victory Gardens, Humana, Boston University, and Roundabout. Stick Fly and Harriet Jacobs are published by NU Press, Bluest Eye, Gift Horse, Stage Black — Dramatic Publishing. Lydia was a 2007 TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence at Steppenwolf, 2006/07 Huntington Playwright Fellow, 2009 NEA/Arena Stage New Play Development Grant Finalist, is a TCG Board Member, and a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Lydia is on faculty at Boston University.
Co-Founding Artistic Director, True Colors Theatre Company
Kenny Leon garnered 10 Tony nominations (including Best Director), for his 2010 Fences, and won for Best Revival, Best Actor and Best Actress. Past Tony noms include Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean and A Raisin in the Sun. Leon is also directing Stick Fly running on Broadway this winter. He was nominated for Best Director by the Directors Guild of America for the film, A Raisin in the Sun (Emmy and Golden Globe nominations), and received 3 NAACP Image Awards, among numerous awards. Building on a career in regional theatre (Arena Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Huntington Theatre, LA's Center Theatre, The Public, Chicago's Goodman Theatre, among others), and after leading Atlanta's Alliance Theatre for 11 years, Leon founded Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta in 2002. His directorial credits span an incomparable range of work, from classic theatre to drama, comedy, opera, musicals, musical revues, and film.
Artistic Director and Resident Playwright, McCarter Theatre Center
Emily Mann is a multi-award winning Director and Playwright Emily Mann is in her 22nd season as Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre. Under Ms. Mann’s leadership, McCarter was honored with the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Directing credits include Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics with Jimmy Smits (also on Broadway); the world premiere of Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon with Kristine Nielsen (also off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons); Uncle Vanya with Amanda Plummer (also adapted); All Over with Rosemary Harris and Michael Learned (also off-Broadway at The Roundabout; 2003 Obie Award for Directing); The Cherry Orchard with Jane Alexander, John Glover, and Avery Brooks (also adapted); Three Sisters with Frances McDormand, Linda Hunt, and Mary Stuart Masterson; A Doll House with Cynthia Nixon; and The Glass Menagerie with Shirley Knight; A Seagull in the Hamptons (an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull) with Brian Murray and Maria Tucci; Mrs. Warren’s Profession, with Suzanne Bertish. Her plays include Execution of Justice (supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship; winner of Helen Hayes and Joseph Jefferson awards; nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Circle awards); Still Life (six Obie Awards); Greensboro (A Requiem); and Annulla, An Autobiography. Ms. Mann wrote and directed Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations; winner of NAACP and Joseph Jefferson awards ). For the Having Our Say screenplay Ms. Mann won Peabody and Christopher Awards. A winner of the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and the Edward Albee Last Frontier Directing Award, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on its Council. A collection of her plays, Testimonies: Four Plays, has been published by Theatre Communications Group, Inc. Her latest play, Mrs. Packard, was the recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award and was published by TCG in spring 2009. Most recently, Ms. Mann directed the world premiere of Phaedra Backwards by Marina Carr, the world premiere of Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I (with Tyne Daly and Brian Murray at McCarter Theatre and with Elizabeth Ashley at Playwrights Horizons in New York) and the world premiere of Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why with Mercedes Ruehl and Bess Rous. Emily is scheduled to direct this season’s world premiere of The Convert by Danai Gurira at McCarter Theatre, The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and CTG in Los Angeles; and A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway with Blair Underwood and Nicole Ari Parker. Also this season, Emily Mann's adaptation of The House of Bernard Alba, which premiered at McCarter, will be produced at The Almeida Theater in London. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Princeton University.
Associate Artistic Director, Arden Theatre
Edward Sobel is the Associate Artistic Director of the Arden Theatre. Previously he was the Director of New Play Development at Steppenwolf, where he oversaw the development of more than 40 new plays into production, including the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner August: Osage County, and the Pulitzer finalists Man From Nebraska and Red Light Winter. His recent directing credits include the Barrymore Award winning production of Superior Donuts at the Arden, the world premiere of Cadillac at Chicago Dramatists (5 Joseph Jefferson award nominations, including Best Director and Best Production); Huck Finn, The Chosen, and A Lesson Before Dying (all at Steppenwolf). Ed created and was the program director for the FIRST LOOK REPERTORY OF NEW WORK for which he received the Elliott Hayes Award from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas for outstanding contribution to the field. He was a consultant on the formation of the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage and helped design Arena’s Theater 101 program. He currently serves on the editorial board of Howlround, the AVNPI on-line journal. Ed holds an M.F.A. from Northwestern University and is on the faculty at Temple University.
Capitalizing Community Assets
Senior Fellow at Topos Partnership, Special Advisor at ArtsWave and Executive Director at The Mobility Agenda
Margy Waller is an advocate for building community through the arts. She works at ArtsWave where she is a Special Advisor and she is also a Senior Fellow at Topos Partnership. Previously she was Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, with a joint appointment in the Economic Studies and Metropolitan Policy programs. Prior to Brookings, she was Senior Advisor on domestic policy in the Clinton-Gore White House. Margy was named one of the nation's 25 most "powerful and influential" nonprofit arts leaders, Top Ten Tweeter by SoapboxMedia, and Rising Civic Star by Cincy Magazine. She's appeared in and on numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Daily News, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, CNN, and Fox News. She's a non-practicing lawyer and photographer of the arts-all-around-us on her blog: cincinnatiartgrrl.