Session Leaders

Following are a list of speakers from our 2016 event in Milwaukee. Speakers for 2017 will be posted later this summer.

Chad Bauman, managing director, Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Chad Bauman
At Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Chad is responsible for the administrative functions of the company including marketing, fundraising, finance, general management, facilities, education, and food/beverage. Previously he was the Associate Executive Director of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater and the Director of Marketing and Membership for the Smithsonian Associates. In addition to being an administrator, he is a passionate teacher, dedicated volunteer, and an in-demand speaker and consultant.

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Session(s): A Case Study for Inclusion and Diversity: How Milwaukee Arts Organizations are Igniting Positive Change

Christine Dotterweich Bial, program specialist, Mid-America Arts Alliance

Christine joined M-AAA in 2011 as the curator of performing arts. She previously was the program manager of community and artist partnerships for the Kansas Arts Commission. Bial spent ten years in nonprofit theatre management, working as a production manager and Actors’ Equity Association stage manager for several nonprofit theater companies, including Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, Southwest Repertory Theatre Company in Albuquerque, NM, and Kansas City Repertory Theatre Company.

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Session(s): Mid-America Arts Foundation (M-AAA): More Art for More People

Libby Brickson, program director/talent buyer, City Winery Chicago

Libby graduated from the University of Kansas, and she got her start in the live music industry working for Pipeline Productions. She joined City Winery in 2011, opened the company’s second location in Chicago as Box Office Manager in 2012, and took over programming in 2013. In 2015 Libby booked and presented over 350 shows, and by early 2017, City Winery will have grown to five locations across the country.

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Session(s): Making Artistic Cents VIII: Contracting Skills... Basics and Beyond

Gwethalyn J. Bronner, executive director, James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts

Gwethalyn J. Bronner
Gweth is the administrative head of the three-venue performing arts center at the College of Lake County’s where she provides direction and leadership for programs and curates the annual professional touring season. Prior to this position, she was Artistic Director of Fleetwood-Jourdain Theater in Evanston, IL, a company dedicated to offering plays written by and directed to the African-American community. A professional actress (SAG and AFTRA), Gweth is a Northwestern University alum and has an M.A. in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Session(s): If I “Lean In” Too Far, Will I Fall Over?

Ann Brusky, senior manager of public programs, John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Ann Brusky
Ann oversees the performing arts, community arts, and education programs at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. She is responsible for generating strategies to engage diverse constituencies and promote the Arts Center’s important role as a multidisciplinary resource. Brusky holds a degree from UW-Oshkosh along with her M.A. from Goucher College. She serves on the Gard Foundation Board, Wisconsin Dance Council, and The Étude Governing Board.

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Session(s): Presenting Dance: It’s Not Scary

Michael Burgraff, executive director, A Center for the Arts

Michael Burgraff
Michael’s 30+ year career in arts administration and leadership began at the Duluth Playhouse in 1985. Michael has served as Executive Director of Spearfish Arts Center in Spearfish, SD and South Dakota’s famed Black Hills Playhouse. Michael was the Managing Director at Fairmont Opera House in Fairmont, MN from 1996 to 2008. Prior to his time in Fairmont, Michael had arts management experiences at Wichita State University and the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at College of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, MN.

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Session(s): Muslim Voices on American Stages – Presenting Culture to Broaden Horizons

Robyn Busch, program associate, international, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Robyn has managed international flagship programs USArtists International and Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America for Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation since 2014, through which she has overseen the awarding of more than $1.3 million to support performing artists and presenters nationwide. Prior to joining MAAF, Robyn administered historical and literature programs for the Maryland Humanities Council. Her arts management experience includes work at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, The Shaw Festival in Canada, Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, and Slee Concert Hall in Buffalo, NY.

Session(s): Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF): Funding Opportunities Beyond the Mid Atlantic

Rich Corsi, vice president, Columbus Association for the Performing Arts

Rich began his 25-year career with the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) in ticketing and currently serves as Vice President of Programming. In addition to booking acts for presentation by CAPA, he also programs the Columbus Symphony’s Pops and Picnic with the Pops series, Festival Latino, the McCoy Center for the Arts, and the CAPA Summer Movie Series, the longest-running classic film series in the country.

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Session(s): Making Artistic Cents VIII: Contracting Skills... Basics and Beyond

Ceci Dadisman, president, Cardinal + Company

Ceci is a multi-faceted marketing professional with over ten years of experience successfully marketing the arts, nonprofits, and small businesses utilizing innovative and cutting-edge initiatives. She is nationally recognized as a leader in digital and social media marketing and specializes in the integration of digital marketing and technology into traditional marketing methods. A chronic early-adopter, Ceci has a passion for discovering ways that technology can be used to create meaningful arts experiences.

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Session(s): In-Depth Seminar: Click.Click.Done. Developing Your Google Analytics Skills

Karima Daoudi, engagement manager, Old Town School of Music

Karima Daoudi
Karima has been involved in cultural programming for over a decade. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Knox College and was a Fulbright-mtvU Fellow in Dakar, Senegal where she documented the intersection of the West African griot tradition and hip-hop. Karima has facilitated numerous tours with artists from West and North Africa, serving as both tour manager and interpreter. Karima is also co-founder of Women of the World, a networking group for women in the world music industry.

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Session(s): Guaranteed ROI: Presenting Culturally-Specific Work

Tim Drake, president and founding partner, The Roots Agency

Tim Drake
Tim is president and founding partner of The Roots Agency and the responsible agent for Jim Messina, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, UB40, Graham Parker, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and others. Tim served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA) and frequently participates in industry forums and seminars. Prior to 1995 Tim was an independent concert promoter producing shows with Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Meat Loaf, The Kinks, and others.

Session(s): Making Artistic Cents VIII: Contracting Skills... Basics and Beyond

Susan Endrizzi Morris, director, California Artists Management

Susan is the founding director of California Artists Management, a professional management, booking, and producing agency representing an international roster of classical and early music, world music and opera/new theater. CAM has booked, managed, and produced U.S. tours for performing artists from the United States and Mexico, Europe, Japan, India, Russia, and Africa. Endrizzi Morris also provides technical assistance and professional development services to regional, national, and international arts service organizations.

Session(s): Certification for Performing Arts Executives (CPAE)

Sita Frederick, director of community engagement, Lincoln Center Education

A veteran arts administrator, professional developer, educator, and choreographer, Sita is also the Artistic Director of Areytos Performance Works, a contemporary dance-theatre company rooted in Caribbean traditions and the principles of social justice. She served as Urban Arts Partnership's Program Director of Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE), the largest arts and special education research project that was awarded a 2010-15 US Department of Education Investing in Innovation grant.

Session(s): Guaranteed ROI: Presenting Culturally-Specific Work

Margaret Genovese, senior partner, Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates

Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates is a consulting firm offering services in executive search, fund-raising, marketing, strategic and operational planning, board development, and related areas. Margaret was recently recognized with the Robert Johnston Award for Excellence in Human Resources in the Arts for “the significant impact she has made on the field of arts & culture management, her dedication to educating and supporting new generations of cultural works, and her commitment to mentorship within the cultural industry.”

Session(s): If I “Lean In” Too Far, Will I Fall Over?

Brian Taylor Goldstein, partner, GG Arts Law

Brian Taylor Goldstein
Recognized in the New York Times as one of New York's entertainment "Super Lawyers", Brian is a Partner in GG Arts Law and Managing Director of the artist/project management agency Goldstein Guilliams International. A national and international speaker, he also writes on business and legal issues for the blog Law and Disorder: Performing Arts Division, hosted by Musical America, and on the challenges of touring artists in the U.S. for the blog Avoiding a World of Trouble hosted by Hello Stage.

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Session(s): Partners in Passion: Understanding Key Contractual Concepts for Collaborative Projects; Law and Disorder—Live!

Laura Goodwin, vice president of learning and engagement, Walton Arts Center

A member of Walton Arts Center’s education team for 20 years, Laura works closely with Walton staff, board, community groups, teachers, administrators, and artists to create the vision for WAC Learning programs. Her goals include developing arts programming that create effective, engaging, and rewarding experiences for learners as well as strategic community and state-wide alliances. She served on the Board of Directors of International Performing Arts for Youth, the Board of Directors of the AMAZEUM, and the Advisory Committee for University of Arkansas’ Center for Children and Youth.

Session(s): The Art of Arts Learning

Robyn Guilliams, partner, GG Arts Law

Robyn Guilliams
Robyn is a partner in the New York-based law firm of GG Arts Law and Managing Director of the artist/project management agency Goldstein Guilliams International. A former Artistic Administrator for the National Symphony Orchestra, she also writes on business and legal issues for the blog Law and Disorder: Performing Arts Division, hosted by Musical America, and on the challenges of touring artists in the U.S. for the blog Avoiding a World of Trouble hosted by Hello Stage.

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Session(s): Partners in Passion: Understanding Key Contractual Concepts for Collaborative Projects; Avoiding a World of Trouble

Pat Hazell, chief creative officer, Sweetwood Creative

Pat Hazell
Pat is a former Seinfeld writer, Tonight Show veteran and a critically acclaimed playwright. Pat serves as Chief Creative Officer of Sweetwood Creative and has 30 years of experience as a theater producer and director. He created The Wonder Bread Years, Bunk Bed Brothers, The Good Humor Men, My Funny Valentine, and A Kodachrome Christmas. Pat is currently developing a musical adaptation of his original play, Grounded For Life.

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Session(s): Inside the Presenter’s Playbook

Mark Herrera, director of education, International Association of Venue Managers

Mark Herrera
Mark teaches Situational Awareness-Mindset training to give venues the tools to be safer and more secure. The training emphasizes exceptional focus, performance, and control in extreme situations. At IAVM, Mark represents the Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection through the Public Assembly Facility Sub-Sector Council and is on the National Fire Protection Association Technical Advisory Committee for Assembly Occupancies. He is also a seasoned law enforcement officer and trainer, having spent twenty years with the Hobbs Police Department in New Mexico.

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Session(s): In-Depth Seminar: Venue Safety and Security: Protecting Public Assemblies in the 21st Century

Theresa Ripley Holden, co-director, Holden & Arts Associates

Theresa Ripley Holden
Theresa, a performing arts manager, producer, artist, and teacher, is Co-Director of Holden & Arts Associates. Founded by Michael and Theresa Holden in 1983, HAA offers a full range of management, producing, and booking services to national and international companies. Theresa is also the Founder/Director of The Artist and Community Connection, a not-for-profit organization offering consultancy services. Theresa and theater artist John O’Neal received the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World Award.

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Session(s): Making Artistic Cents VIII: Contracting Skills... Basics and Beyond

Kaisha Johnson, co-founder/founding director, Women of Color in the Arts

Kaisha Johnson
Kaisha co-founded Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA), a national service organization dedicated to creating equity in the performing arts, to cultivate a field of varied voice and perspective. Concurrently, Kaisha serves as Director of Arts Management at Center for Traditional Music and Dance, a non-profit dedicated to building cross-cultural awareness by presenting traditions found in New York City’s immigrant communities. As a staunch advocate for diversity on and off the stage, Kaisha helps to affirm the value of cultural diversity as an essential component of our national identity.

Session(s): Guaranteed ROI: Presenting Culturally-Specific Work; Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA): Creating Equity in the Performing Arts Field

Greg Kastelman, director of concert booking & business development, Cadenza Artists

Greg Kastelman
Greg scouts and develops talent, creates comprehensive branding strategies, and coordinates tours and appearances for Cadenza Artists worldwide. He has performed as a vocalist across the world, with performances ranging from Carnegie Hall in New York City to the Premios Cervantes at the University of Alacalá de Henares. Greg graduated Cum Laude from Tufts University. Having traveled extensively, he is particularly passionate about cross-cultural artistic dialogue.

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Session(s): Be Your Own Agent

Dione Kennedy, president & CEO, Performing Arts Fort Worth

Dione Kennedy
Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW) is the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. PAFW is the local presenter of major touring artists and productions in Bass Hall including Broadway at the Bass. PAFW implements a unique Children’s Education Program which provides extensive, free arts education and outreach programs to over 70,000 students and teachers annually.

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Session(s): Inside the Presenter’s Playbook

Margaret A. Keough, director of marketing and communications, Mid-America Arts Alliance

Margaret joined M-AAA in March 2014 after working more than 24 years in the museum sector at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, both in Kansas City, MO. She holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Rockhurst University. She has presented on marketing topics at numerous conferences and convenings and has served as president of the Kansas City Attractions Association.

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Session(s): Mid-America Arts Foundation (M-AAA): More Art for More People

Ronnie Malley, artist, Caravanserai: American Voices

Ronnie Malley
Ronnie combines multiple global music traditions—Arab, Turkish, Balkan, South Asian—with his American jazz and rock roots to create a sound celebration that has led him to a diverse performing career. He has appeared in seminal productions at several national theaters and has collaborated with major international world-music stars. Ronnie also composes scores and original songs for multiple film and theater projects, teaches Near Eastern folk and classical music, and tours internationally.

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Session(s): Muslim Voices on American Stages – Presenting Culture to Broaden Horizons

Drew McManus, principal, Venture Industries Online

Drew McManus
Drew brings 20 years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table and helps clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, delivers an option that allows them get ahead of the curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. As a sought-after speaker and panelist, he has worked with Opera America, National Arts Marketing Project Conference, National Performing Arts Conference, and Chamber Music America.

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Session(s): In-Depth Seminar: Click.Click.Done. Developing Your Google Analytics Skills

Amy Miller, director of engagement, University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Center

Amy Miller
Amy previously lived in New York City where she received her M.A. in Performance Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and worked in Pentacle’s booking department, representing talented dance artists from around the globe. She originally hails from the Twin Cities where she worked in refugee resettlement, as Chair of Twin Cities World Refugee Day, and as Community Programs Manager at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

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Session(s): The Art of Arts Learning

Gary Minyard, vice president of education & engagement, Victoria Theatre Association

As an educational leader, Gary has created many community initiatives including Superhero Girls Like Me, On The Nose: Pinocchio’s Life Lessons, and Guitars: A Bridge To Broadway. Gary is also an award-winning director and movement choreographer who graduated with an MFA in Theatre for Youth and Directing from Arizona State University. Gary is President of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE).

Session(s): The American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE): Connecting Theatre Artists, Educators, and Scholars

Sara C. Nash, program manager, National Dance Project, New England Foundation for the Arts

Prior to joining NEFA, Sara managed the USArtists International grant program at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and worked as Senior Producer at Dance Theater Workshop (New York Live Arts), where she oversaw the international program The Suitcase Fund and helped develop residency programs for commissioned artists. She has served as a moderator, speaker, and panelist for a variety of organizations and conferences including the Alliance of Artists Communities, Dance/USA, The Japan Foundation, MANCC, and the National Performance Network, among others.

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Session(s): New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA): National Opportunities in Dance and Theater

Diane Nixa, vice president of advancement, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Diane Nixa
Diane joined the Ordway Center for Center for the Performing Arts in May, 2014 as VP of Advancement. Before returning to her home state of Minnesota, she served as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Historical Foundation and Managing Director of Development with New York City Ballet. Previously she was VP of Development at Friends of the High Line in New York City and also at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center where she oversaw a comprehensive $180 million campaign for endowment, operations, and capital projects.

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Session(s): Oh, the Funds We Can Raise!

Eric Olmscheid, director of programming and education, Des Moines Performing Arts

Eric Olmscheid
Eric is responsible for in-house programming and oversees the education programs at Des Moines Performing Arts, Iowa’s premier performing arts center serving 300,000 patrons annually. Since joining DMPA in 2008, he has developed five new programming series—including the Dance Series—and grown education programs to serve 72,000 annually. Previously: Ordway Center in Saint Paul, MN. Bachelor’s degree from University of Minnesota Duluth and M.A. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

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Session(s): Presenting Dance: It's Not Scary

Michael Orlove, artist communities, presenting & multidisciplinary works director, international activities coordinator, National Endowment for the Arts

Michael Orlove
Michael provides oversight on grants for presenting and artist communities projects and manages international partnership programs. His tenure with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs led to nearly two decades of innovation, creativity, and passion for public service with the City of Chicago. Orlove also served as the director of music programming in Millennium Park since its grand opening in 2004 and helped establish many of the program series in that venue.

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Session(s): Rise + Shine: Unexpected Partnerships with Other Sectors

Adam Perry, senior program director, Arts Midwest

Adam Perry
2015 Bush Foundation Fellow, Adam produces the global cultural engagement project Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet. Adam has a 20+ year career in arts engagement that began at Ordway Center for the Arts and Live Nation Theatricals. He has been leading international initiatives at Arts Midwest since 2007.

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Session(s): Muslim Voices on American Stages – Presenting Culture to Broaden Horizons

Andre Perry, executive director, The Englert Theatre

Andre Perry
Andre lives in Iowa City. He serves as the Executive Director of The Englert Theatre and is also the co-founder / director of Mission Creek Festival and Witching Hour, key initiatives at The Englert. He sits on the boards of the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature designation, Diversity Focus, and FilmScene, Iowa City's nonprofit art-house movie theater.

Session(s): Rise + Shine: Great Performing Arts on Limited Resources

Cathy Pruzan, Cathy Pruzan Artist Representative

Cathy Pruzan
Cathy manages a dance roster that includes major international and domestic dance companies, ranging from pure dance to theater/performance art. In addition to great performances, Cathy is committed to strengthening the awareness of the arts through education and meaningful dance residencies. A former dancer with San Francisco Opera Ballet, Carlos Carvajal’s Dance Spectrum, and ODC/San Francisco, she started to dance at the age of three and studied dance at the University of Washington.

Session(s): Presenting Dance: It's Not Scary

Shelley Quiala, vice president of education & community engagement, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Shelley Quiala
Shelley Quiala leads the Ordway’s efforts in school and community programming that reach 100,000 annually. Prior to her work at the Ordway, Shelley worked with Teatro del Pueblo, a Latino theater company in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is a board member for the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) organization and is a frequent speaker on the arts and education.

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Session(s): Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Arts – “Kitchen Table” Open Forum

Jennifer Rosenfeld, CEO, iCadenza

Jennifer Rosenfeld
Jennifer has extensive experience helping musicians identify and pursue their professional goals, while overcoming obstacles along the way. She has also worked with organization leaders to create a culture of innovation and has taught career development for arts students at Stanford University. She received her JD/MBA from Stanford Law School and Graduate School of Business and co-authored the book Awakening Your Business Brain: An iCadenza Guide to Launching your Music Career.

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Session(s): Be Your Own Agent

Michele Safarik, senior project manager, Masterpiece International

Michele has worked at Masterpiece International for ten years, with experience in performing arts shipping for the past six years. She has facilitated multiple border crossings in and out of different ports of Canada, and also has experience in international shipping to Nicaragua, Cambodia, Fiji, Philippines, and multiple countries in Europe.

Session(s): Masterpiece International, Ltd.: Getting You to the Show and the Art of Logistics

Tim Sauers, vice president of programming & community engagement, Overture Center for the Arts

Tim Sauers
Prior to his current position at the Overture Center, Tim served as Director of Programming & Community Engagement. Before his arrival at Overture Center he served as Director of Grants at the Palm Beach County Cultural Council in West Palm Beach, FL and Program Director for Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education in Chicago, IL.

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Session(s): Subscriptions: “To be or not to be?”; Rules and Rituals: “Whose Show is it Anyway?”

Andy Slater, SVP of sales, TheaterMania.com, Inc.

Andy Slater
Andy manages the sales efforts for TheaterMania.com’s advertising products as well as the company’s proprietary ticketing and fundraising software, OvationTix™. Previously, his 20+ year career encompassed key advertising sales leadership positions at companies such as Realtor.com, Orbitz.com, CBS Radio, Cox Broadcasting, and Clear Channel. Andy lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. He serves on the board of The Strand Center for the Arts, a non-profit theater in Lakewood, NJ.

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Session(s): Why a Quiet Box Office is a Good Thing

Boomer Stacey, executive director, International Performing Arts for Youth

Boomer has a wide range of experience in the field of international performing arts for young audiences. He is IPAY’s founding Executive Director and also works as Artistic Director - Presenting for PAPAYA in Philadelphia and serves on the board of ASSITEJ Canada. Prior work includes Artistic Director of the renowned Milk International Children’s Festival of the Arts in Toronto. Boomer lives just outside of Toronto with his wife, boy, girl, dog, cats, and occasional raccoon.

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Session(s): Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Arts – “Kitchen Table” Open Forum

Malkia Stampley, co-founder & producing artistic director, Bronzeville Arts Ensemble

Malkia Stampley
Through her work at Bronzeville Arts Ensemble and as a Milwaukee native, Malkia demonstrates a commitment to collaborating with local community organizations and giving a platform to artists of color on and off the stage. Combining her love for the arts and community engagement, Malkia served as the former Community Partnership Coordinator at First Stage Children’s Theater. She is also an actor, teaching artist, and director.

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Session(s): A Case Study for Inclusion and Diversity: How Milwaukee Arts Organizations are Igniting Positive Change

Mary Ellen Stuart, entertainment division manager, Masterpiece International

Mary Ellen has been with Masterpiece International since 1992. She has experience in both the fine art and entertainment industries, with a particular focus on the performing arts. Over the years she has transported numerous productions to locations around the world in Europe, Asia, South & Central America, Australia, Canada, and the Middle East. She works closely with Masterpiece’s 16 offices around the USA.

Session(s): Masterpiece International, Ltd.: Getting You to the Show and the Art of Logistics

Anna M. Thompson, executive director/associate vice president, University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Center

Anna M. Thompson
Thompson is an entrepreneurial leader who works in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to create an innovative and inspired vision for the Alys Stephens Center to achieve success in its curatorial, audience engagement, and fiscal goals. Previously Thompson served as the executive director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame from 2007-2015 after ten years as the executive director for the performing arts at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (MN). Prior to holding the position in Minnesota she served as an arts administrator in Indianapolis for fourteen years at Butler University and the Indianapolis Museum of Art).

Session(s): Inside the Presenter’s Playbook

Terri Trotter, president & CEO, Midland Center for the Arts

Terri Trotter
Terri began at the Midland Center for the Arts in January 2015, overseeing the organization’s two theaters, a symphony orchestra, and science and art museum. Prior to moving to Michigan, she lived in Sun Valley, ID where she served as CEO of the The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, a multi-disciplinary organization with a contemporary art museum, professional producing theater, and presented concert season. Before Idaho, she spent more than fifteen years as an executive at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR.

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Session(s): If I “Lean In” Too Far, Will I Fall Over?

Christine Tschida, director, Northrop Auditorium/University of Minnesota

Christine Tschida
Christine Tschida is responsible for curating Northrup’s highly regarded dance series of large scale ballet and international contemporary work. She was formerly an agent with Rena Shagan Associates, and prior to that, served as producer of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion for eleven years. Her touring experience includes international projects for BAM and The Kennedy Center. At Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater, she booked and managed the largest national tour the company had ever undertaken.

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Session(s): Presenting Dance: It's Not Scary

Marc van Bree, marketing technologist / digital strategist, OvertureWP

Marc van Bree
Marc is not a guru, maven, or ninja or whatever the cool kids go by these days. He’s more interested in real solutions and getting things done. He has worked with and for a wide variety of businesses, startups, nonprofits and cultural institutions, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Austin Opera, and Chorus Austin. During the day, he lives in retail marketing, and at night he runs OvertureWP, a boutique managed web development and marketing company.

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Session(s): In-Depth Seminar: Click.Click.Done. Developing Your Google Analytics Skills

Sherry Wagner-Henry, director, Bolz Center for Arts Administration at UW-Madison

Sherry’s work at the Bolz Center includes recruiting students as emerging leaders, teaching applied practice, and creating inspired educational experiences. Recently, she launched the Arts Business Initiative, a program that connects arts and humanities majors to business students and curriculum, fostering collaboration and creative inquiry through interdisciplinary connections. She is a board member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, works with USITT and APAP, and is a founding partner at Sort Sol Consulting Group.

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Session(s): Bolz Center for Arts Administration: Access to Practice

Donna Walker-Kuhne, president, Walker International Communications Group & vice president of community engagement, New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Donna Walker-Kuhne
Acknowledged as the nation’s foremost expert in Audience Development by the Arts & Business Council, Donna has devoted her professional career to increasing access to the arts. At New Jersey Performing Arts Center, she is charged with developing and deepening relationships with targeted communities through partnerships, special events, and group sales. She is also founder of Walker International Communications Group, a boutique marketing, press, and audience development consulting agency. Her team specializes in multicultural marketing, group sales, multicultural press, and promotional events.

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Session(s): In-Depth Seminar: Building a Culture of Diversity

Aryo Wicaksono, membership manager, Chamber Music America

A graduate of the Colburn School of Performing Arts and the University of Arizona, Aryo has worked with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ballet Company, American Academy of Ballet, NYU Tisch Dance, and Mark Morris Dance School, and as the Artistic/Executive Director for the Yogyakarta International Music Festival Academy 2012. He is a pianist, composer, and educator, and has performed as a soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States and abroad.

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Session(s): Chamber Music America (CMA): Grant Opportunities

Joseph Yoshitomi, VP marketing strategy, TheaterMania

Joseph Yoshitomi
Joseph Yoshitomi brings fifteen years of arts administration experience to his recently-created position at TheaterMania. He previously served as Director of Marketing & Communications at the Geffen Playhouse where his digital strategies ushered in the organization’s largest expansion of artistic programming and earned-revenue. He consults for a variety of performing arts organizations, and serves on the LA STAGE Alliance board. His innovative approaches to marketing challenges have been recognized by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and American Theatre Magazine.

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Session(s): Why a Quiet Box Office is a Good Thing