Leadership, management, and program direction for non-profit arts and education organizations

Producing Artistic Director (founding position) Penguin Productions 2016 – 2018

Leadership, management, and creative direction for youth-focused non-profit arts organization.

  • Launched website and hired staff to develop and execute marketing vision

  • Negotiated insurance, fiscal management, and rental contracts

  • Produce and direct 4-8 performances, projects, and classes/year.

  • Cultivate and steward donor community; maintain balanced budgets through entirely donation-based financing.

Artistic and Education Director (founding position) - Seattle Public Theater 2000-2016

Leadership, management, and creative direction for nationally recognized non-profit arts organization.

  • Administration:

    • Produced 30 shows/year, maintaining balanced budgets (from 30K-900K) and no debt.

    • Employed 80 artists and 15 teachers/year.

    • Convened Managing Director, Technical Director, Marketing and Development Staff, and Board to develop and execute artistic vision for 16 seasons.

  • Education:

    • Built youth program serving 500 students ages 6-20, encouraging student leadership leading to a minimum of 50% shows chosen by youth, youth in artistic and technical leadership positions, youth representation on the Board, and an independent theater company launched by youth graduates.

    • Engaged families on multiple platforms, welcoming families to the theater as donors, patrons, and season subscribers.

    • Partnered with local schools to create outreach programming, drive recruitment, and increase audiences for student productions.

  • Artistic Direction:

    • Developed and executed season planning in alignment with mission, vision, and values. Selected plays for mainstage and youth productions, directed 10 shows per year, hired directors and full artistic team for all shows.

    • Mentored professional artists and educators in various career stages.

    • Elevated SPT's reputation locally and nationally, bringing a struggling theater to become a celebrated and award-winning mid-sized professional theater.

  • Literary Management:

    • Commissioned local playwrights, developed new work, created Playwright-in-Residence programs, and brought regional and world premieres to SPT.

    • Contracted award-winning playwrights, agents, and major publishing houses.

    • Edited scripts, including numerous Shakespeare productions.

    • Published play guides.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    • Actively sought out and hired women and POC playwrights, directors and designers.

    • Established no-audition youth access policy and made tuition assistance available, granting 95% of requests.

    • Led other youth programs in changing to gender-inclusive language and policies.

    • Created apprenticeship positions for emerging artists.

    • Member of Leadership for Social Change – 2016-17 ArtEquity cohort


Founding Program Director: “Short Shakes”, Seattle Shakespeare Company 2000-2003

  • Developed and maintained core constituents

  • Designed curriculum and developed staff to execute artistic and educational vision

  • Positioned program for future success and sustainability


Founding Outreach Program Director:

Cultural Heroes Residency Project - Seattle Public Schools 1997-2007

School Partnership Program, University of Chicago 1993-1996

  • Secured program funding through grant and business sources

  • Employed 4-10 artists

  • Served 150 low-income and non-native English speaking students


Workshop Facilitator and Guest Lecturer, 2001-Present

Amazon, University of Washington, Seattle University Executive Leadership Training Program, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle Central Community College, Cornish College of the Arts, Evergrey Leadership Lab

International Residency with Try Theatre, Croatia 2018.


Guest Director - 2005-2017

Pork Filled Players (Celebrating Playwrights of Color), ACT Theatre (Young Playwright’s Festival), Nextbook (Benaroya Hall with Susan Stamberg),

Teaching Artist-in-Residence, 1986-2013

Centrum Center for the Arts and Creative Education, Rainier Valley Youth Theater, TOPS Middle School, Washington State, King County, and Seattle Arts Commission Rosters, Seattle Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, ACT Theater, Court Theater (Chicago), Seattle Children's Theater, Studio East, Village Theater, Book-It Repertory Theater, Seattle Shakespeare Company


Substitute Teacher – 1996-2003

Lakeside School, Bush School, University Preparatory, Puget Sound Community School, Meridian School, Holy Names Academy, St. Joseph Academy, and Evergreen School.

Various subjects, including history, language arts, English, music, and drama


Dance/Choreography – 1984-present

Traditional international folk dance performer and teacher. Dancer in the Allegro and Folklife Festivals; recreational dance leader for community groups. Choreographer for the Northwest Girlchoir, integrating folk dances with internationally acclaimed youth choir.


Awards, Recognition, Publications

Gregory Nominee Theater of the Year ('13, '14, '16), Outstanding Director ('14)

Footlight Award 2003-2014 in various categories including Acting, Directing, Ensemble, and Production

Gypsy Rose Lee Award Outstanding Director and Ensemble nominee ('14)
Lifetime Achievement Award,
Youththeatre Northwest

Featured Panelist, Intiman Theater, “Diversity in the Arts”

Featured Panelist, Freehold Theater, “Directing”

Director's Notes, Lulu Publishing

Parent Map, frequent contributor

“Someone You Should Know”

"12 Tips for Taking Your Kids to the Theater", Reprinted in TCG Blue Star Families

Jewish in Seattle Magazine, Bad Jews


Education

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1992-1996

  • Bachelor of Arts in History (Honors, Dean’s List)

  • BA Thesis: Alternative Student Theater in Poland, 1953-1968

  • Francis X. Kinahan Prize for most significant contribution to University Theater

  • Merit Scholarship for academic excellence


Lakeside School, Seattle, WA

National Merit Scholar


Professional Directing, Acting, and Literary Management Resumes available upon request