Senior Director, The Berman Center for the Performing Arts | Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit (2011 – 2019)
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts opened on March 23, 2011. As the Director, I created and managed the budget, marketing, and publicity while working with the Jewish Community Center staff, key donors, agents, producers, artists, partnering arts organizations, and renters to curate and manage over 170 events per season for eight years. Each season included live theatre, dance, concerts, films, lectures, book fairs, film festivals, kids, and stage to screen events.
Artistic Director, The Historic Gem & Century Theatres (2010 – 2011)
I worked with the owners to research and see new plays and curate the season. Once we chose the shows, I assisted the directors in casting & staffing, contract negotiations, managed the ticketing and box office staff, created marketing, and fostered relationships with media. Also, I made three possible scenarios with individual strategic plans for each for the owners to review for the theatre’s future based on extensive research into the current audience, community, and theatrical trends at comparable theatres nationwide.
Deputy Director, The Matrix Theatre Company (2004 – 2008)
At The Matrix, I worked as the Outreach Director, Director of Production, and Deputy Director. My duties included managing the Matrix staff, contract artists, volunteers, and interns. I created and executed contracts, project plans, productions, marketing, and publicity. I worked with the executive director to write and report on grants and collaboratively select the plays’ season for four seasons. I also worked as a lighting designer, graphics designer, teacher, and mentor. My most remarkable experience during this time was working with the UAW (United Auto Workers) to bring in the American historian Howard Zinn. He met with the people of several constituencies in our theatre to talk personally about their American experience. The respect he showed for each person he interacted with was a beautiful thing to experience.
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