Arts

Has participated in the arts many roles - from performer to business expert.  A representative samples include:  (Listed in alphabetical order.)

 

Boston Gay Men's Chorus, Boston, MA

Executive Director 2012-

 

  • Effected financial and operational turnaround and established fiscal stability:

    • Lead organization from being a “going concern” to one of “top five choruses” 

    • Transformed bankrupt organization to debt free, financial solvent group with annual surpluses, reserve fund and endowment. 

      • Ended 8 years of losses, delivered six consecutive fiscal years of surpluses

      • Balanced budgets, established reserve

      • Generated positive cash flow

    • Grew, expanded donor base with retention levels 75%+.

    • Increased ticket sales each year.

      • Introduced dynamic pricing model.

      • Re-imagined subscriber program to donor benefit

    • Established Endowment and received initial cash contributions plus $1.5 million in future bequests committed

  • Drove two strategic planning processes, engaging a 360-degree review involving board, artistic team, community,membership, donors, audience, staff.

  • Oversaw refreshed branding and communications messaging

    • Established video presence on YouTube & Facebook, drawing 1.5 million views per year from 246 countries.

    • Social media growth and engagement

    • Drove sponsorship of local gay softball team

  • Raised profile with press coverage and marketing efforts, regularly resulting in "pick of the day" selections by The Boston Globe.  Named on of the "top 5 choirs" in Boston by WBZ. WCVB's Chronicle aired a profile piece on the organization's 35th anniversary. 

  • Established high visibility with government officials. Regularly recognized by mayor. Coordinated chorus performing at (R) governor's inaugural gala.

  • Obtained "Cultural Ambassador" recognition and celebration from Governor and Mayor.  

  • Facilitated merchandising recording library availability on digital platforms, including iTunes resulting in over 80,000 downloads.

  • Lead community engagement process, being pivotal in the MASS-Create movement.

  • Grew new membership and retention of membership at 90% level.

  • Facilitated 26 commissions and further investment in artistic produce.

  • Developed (and delivered fundraising) and oversaw first-ever tours to the Middle East (2015) and South Africa (2018) by gay chorus, with global coverage, recognition and awards by the City and State. Millions of social media engagements. History making effort documented in award-winning video series. 

The Theatre @ Boston Court (Pasadena, CA)

  • Obtained 501(c)3 status

  • Established initial budget, accounting and finance infrastructure

  • Provided oversight to on-site bookkeeping staff 2002-2008

  • Reported and interfaced with Board of Directors

  • Managed third-party audit, annual tax and information filings

 

National Repertory Theatre Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

  • Treasurer Board of Directors 1995-1998

  • Resurrected Foundation, oversaw revitalization of core activities

  • Managed all day-to-day finances and operations eliminating deficit

  • Managed third-party audit, annual tax and information filings

  • Reestablished National Play Award, Co-produced Staged Readings of winners

  • Facilitated Town Hall Meeting with Los Angeles theatrical community to determine future organizational role in the community

  • Positioned organization for merger with Classical Theatre Lab

One Voice Mixed Chorus, St. Paul, MN

Executive Director 2012

 

  • Developed and implemented strategic plan resulting in 3% surplus for FY11-12 (from 18% deficit on arrival).

  • Grant success:

    • Secured 4 year grant 4 times prior funding level.

    • Obtained largest grant in organizations history ($65K) 

  • Budget for FY12-13 reflects 20% growth with evenly balanced revenue sources.

  • Launched appreciation programs and fostered relationships with membership, audience and donors.

  • Facilitated merchandising recording library availability on digital platforms, including iTunes.

  • Raised profile with press coverage and marketing efforts.

  • Revitalized communications strategy: video promotion; social media engagement (23% surge in one month); Drove and oversaw major re-branding program.

  • Oversaw all operations including two office moves.  

  • Collaborate with Artistic Director.

  • Liaison with Board.

  • Planned 25th Anniversary season at premiere venue.

Peterborough Players, Peterborough, NH

  • Assistant Stage Manager & member of technical team over 49th and 50th Anniversary Seasons

  • Box Office Support

  • Administrative Support

 

Soho Poly, London England

  • Director with New Play Festival 1985

  • House Manager

  • Assistant Director Winter Season of Theatrical Productions

 

Syracuse Stage, Syracuse NY

  • Assistant Stage Manager main stage productions 1986-1987 season

 

Syracuse University Drama, Syracuse, NY

  • Directing Major (BFA Theatre Arts, Minor Communications - Dean's List)

  • Directed and Produced The Robber Bridegroom as an undergraduate

Vox Femina Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

  • Founding Board Member

  • Treasurer 1997-2007 (delivered 10 consecutive years in the black)

  • Advisory Board Member 2007-current

  • Obtained 501(c)3 status

  • Day-to-day finance, accounting

  • Grant writer with 83% success rate

  • Managed third-party audit, annual tax and information filings

  • Strategic planning & implementation that established the nascent organization as a world-renown women's chorale ensemble

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