THEATRE ARTS & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Dedicated and versatile Arts, Development, and Communications Manager with 20 years of experience serving across a range of disciplines. Adept in developing strategies that work to meet goals and serve objectives. Skilled in developing communication strategies that work because they use technology to serve people and meet people where they live. Possessing a natural ability to connect with others and generate enthusiasm among stakeholders, on- and offline. Experience as a mentor, providing employee development, and building team spirit and effectiveness.
GENERAL MANAGER & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Bas Bleu Theatre | Fort Collins, CO | August 2019 – April 2020
- Reported to the Board of Directors, responsible for the leadership, strategic planning, and financial development of Bas Bleu Theater.
- Supervised all professional and support staff and consultants except Artistic Director.
- Approved in advance all staff work assignments.
- Attended all Board Meetings and create monthly theatre operations for the BoD.
Overseeing of general theatre operations.
- Supervised box office operations, including management of all vendor relationships.
- Created and signed contracts and settlements.
- Obtained performance and script rights for each show of the Season. Created and oversaw distribution of marketing materials, including but not limited to:
- Season ticket renewal letter
- Season brochure
- Main Stage shows: Playbill, posters, postcards, website and social media updates, photos, and promotional videos
- Reader’s Theatre: Playbill, webpage updates and social media updates
- Special Events: Playbill, webpage updates and social media updates
- Comedy Brewers (improv comedy troupe): Create marketing materials for their monthly performance, including Facebook events, website, other social media.
Directed the organization’s communication.
- Responsible for all messaging: Website, mailing lists, Constant Contact e-newsletter, and all other marketing, advertising, and public relations communications.
- Personally built the theatre a new WordPress website.
Oversaw donations and mailings
- Received and processed all donations through Fundraiser.
- Created “Thank You” and other letter templates.
- Oversaw and assisted in mailing “Thank You” letters.
- Oversaw groupings and list generation for mailings.
Managed overall theatre finances
- Responsible for all aspects of financial operations. Included financial reporting to the Board, audit coordination, cash management, expense control, insurance coverage, tax filings, and compliance procedures for applicable regulations.
- Coordinated with the Treasurer and Board to ensure the budget is balanced.
- Supervised bookkeeper to ensure all financial obligations were paid, income was promptly recorded, and financial records were up to date and transparent.
Managed Grants and Fundraising Efforts
Managed all grant applications, processes, and follow-ups; helped write, and contribute data to all grant applications in concert with contracted Grant Writer.
Maintained the Fundraising (software) database; processed acknowledgment letters.
- Developed and managed all Colorado Gives Day fundraising and marketing efforts.
- Assisted in fundraising campaigns (such as the annual “Mardi Gras” fundraiser.)
- Entered all donations into the Fundraiser database.
Responsible for building maintenance and management of all staff and volunteers.
Supervised the human resources of BB that include guest contracts (LOAs).
Responsible for ensuring staff members and contractors are fulfilling their duties.
Coordinated bi-weekly staff meetings.
Coordinated opening night receptions.
Artistic Director, The Palace Theatre, Danbury, CT Dec. 2009 – Jan. 2011
The Palace opened in 1928 as a 1999-seat venue but it fell into neglect and shut its doors in the 90s. Dark for nearly 15 years, it was open again and struggling for three years before my hiring. My mission was to raise our profile, involve the community in our theatre, increase audience attendance and revenue, and help bring commerce and energy back to Main Street, Danbury.
Duties & Accomplishments:
- Produced heterogeneous live arts and arts education programming.
- Wrote and managed production budgets, contracts and offer sheets.
- Negotiated bookings with artists including Judy Collins, Citizen Cope, Colbie Caillat, Shawn Colvin, and others.
- Researched, developed, and produced live performances, events, and benefits.
- Managed operations front and back of house, concessions, inventory, and payroll.
- Served as representative in the press and in the media; emceed when appropriate.
- Managed daily operations, led production meetings, attended all rehearsals and sound checks, managed building and maintenance.
- Engaged the community and brought theatergoers back to the Palace
- Realized an increase in audience attendance, ticket sales, and concessions revenue within the first four months.
- Developed corporate sponsorship, media, and local political relationships.
- Built a new website and integrated it with accesso ShoWare and new ticket printers; built the theatre’s initial social media presence.
- Developed and mentored staff, encouraging learning, collaboration, and growth.
- Used PollStarPro for artist research and season planning.
Co-Founder, Artistic Director, Center for New Media & the Arts
Conceived and co-founded the Center, an art gallery and live arts venue in a 2,400 sq. ft. loft space in a historic, 1848 building in Bethel, Connecticut where P.T. Barnum once had a vaudeville stage and Mark Twain played pool when the first floor of the building was a billiard hall. With a 15-feet high ceiling and 17 windows that were 9-feet tall, it had also been the Bethel High School gym, the Post Office, even a roller skating rink.
At the Center, our mission was to provide arts and arts education programming that served our community with thought and purpose. And our programming included live theatre, music, dance, comedy, poetry spoken word, films, special events, and benefits. The following is part of what I wrote as our mission statement:
The arts celebrate all aspects of our lives. They serve to enlighten us and broaden our horizons. The arts inform our perspective, cultivate cultural and personal expression and expand our capacity for empathy and compassion. In short, they teach us about life.
Scope of Work:
- Conceptualized and produced performances, art exhibits, and special events. Programming included stage plays, music, dance, comedy, poetry spoken word, films, special events, and benefits.
- Developed arts education programs included acting and music instruction, life drawing, songwriting, salsa and swing dance lessons.
- Facilitated special film nights and in-person conversations with artists, actors, and filmmakers.
- Sought out and developed relationships with local and regional artists.
- Represented the Center in the public and in the media.
- Managed venue rentals and agreements.
- Trained staff, volunteers, and interns.
- Developed an email database of 733 contacts in less than a year.
- Wrote our newsletters, press releases, and marketing and promo materials.
- Produced benefits for charitable organizations including a 911 First Responders Fund, the Wyatt Foundation for Becker Muscular Dystrophy, and WPKN Radio.
- Worked closely with architect, town and state officials to ensure compliance with codes and regulations.
- Developed relationships with local officials and the First Selectman and head of the Chamber of Commerce volunteered to cut the ribbon at our opening day celebration.
Columbia University, Bachelor of Arts, Literature/Writing Program, with honors, 1997.
Hunter College, Communications studies, 2 years (46 credits). Dean’s List.
Former Events Planning Lead, Charter for Compassion International.