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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
Jewish in Seattle Magazine, “Bad Jews”
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