Panelist: Plenary Session – Leadership Shifts: From the Wellesley Report to Executive Search
Saturday, 4pm

Emika Abe is Assistant Managing Director at the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA). In this intersectional role, she supports the organization’s operations, general management, and strategic projects. She co-chairs the Alliance’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and chairs the Mentorship Subcommittee of LORT’s EDI Initiative. Emika holds an MFA in Theater Management from Yale School of Drama and an MBA from Yale School of Management. At Yale, she led a team to raise $250k to support social sector internships and produced numerous shows at Yale Cabaret. Emika has previously held positions at theatres including Yale Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Presenter: Breakout Session #1 – Fundraising 101: Raising Big Bucks with a Small Staff
Saturday, 10:45am

Presenter: Breakout Session #2 – Major Gifts: We Got a Gift of $$$
Saturday, 1pm

Presenter: Breakout Session #3 – Capital Campaigns: Building Your Legacy
Saturday, 2:30pm

Patricia Bonner-DuVal has more than 30 years of fund development, program development, financial management and organizational development experience with local and national nonprofit agencies. Areas of expertise in the fund development area include: strategic planning, development office start-up operations and management, proposal development, program design and planning, Board member training and development, major giving start-up and conference and special fund-raising events planning. Pat has a Masters in Education from Harvard University. She is the president of Bonner Enterprises.

Panelist: Plenary Session – Leadership Shifts: From the Wellesley Report to Executive Search
Saturday, 4pm

Ineke Ceder has been a research associate at the Wellesley Centers for Women since 1998. She has been involved in a variety of projects on topics ranging from women’s leadership, adolescent development, sex education, afterschool program quality, sexual assault, same-sex marriage, to racial/ethnic identity. Her most recent work, with Dr. Sumru Erkut, was a multimethod, multi-informant study of why so few women are leaders in larger nonprofit theaters in the U.S.

Presenter: Breakout Session #3 – Board Governance
Saturday, 2:30pm

Debbie Chinn joined Opera Parallèle as Executive Director in February 2017. Prior to her arrival she served as an arts advisor for the Ventura Music Festival where she provided board facilitation services and to Music Camp International which delivers music training programs to children in Romania and Ukraine. Debbie is the former Executive Director of the Carmel Bach Festival (CBF) where, from 2012-2016, she led the administrative and operations of the Festival. Over the past 25 years, Debbie has held executive leadership positions as Managing Director at Cabaret. Emika has previously held positions at theatres including Yale Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She currently sits on the board of Theater Bay Area, the largest regional theater service organization in North America, and most recently served on the board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), the national coalition of ensembles created by and for theater practitioners.

Panelist: Plenary Session – Leadership Shifts: From the Wellesley Report to Executive Search
Saturday, 4pm

Presenter: Breakout Session #4 – Interviewing and Navigating the Search
Sunday, 9am

With more than 20 years of experience in cultural organization leadership, programming, strategic planning, marketing, and executive search, Jenna Deja now serves as ACG Vice President based in Chicago. Ms. Deja previously spent 12 years at Chicago’s legendary comedy theater The Second City, most recently as Managing Producer. During her tenure, the organization increased touring production revenues and reach, revitalized ticket sales strategies, and established the UP Comedy Club. Ms. Deja has co-produced The Art of Falling in partnership with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, co-produced more than 20 critically and commercially successful shows with some of the country’s most venerable theaters, including Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Actors Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and Center Theatre Group.

Presenter: Breakout Session #4 – Getting Out of Your Own Way as a Leader
Sunday, 9am

David Diamond heads Career Coaching for Artists which presents workshops for professionals on career development, leadership and creativity and provides resources for navigating a career to theatre students at Columbia University, Yale School of Drama, and others. David curates the La MaMa Umbria International Symposia which bring renowned artists together each Summer for workshops, residencies, and performances. He serves on the Steering Committee for Theatre
Without Borders, producing conferences including Socially Engaged Performance: A Global Conversation. He is an author, community activist, and a Founder/Trustee of the Barrow Group Theatre in New York. More information can be found at www.davidjdiamond.com.

Moderator: Plenary Session – Successive Leadership: Leading on While Passing the Baton
Sunday, 11:15am

Liz Diamond is a Resident Director at Yale Rep and Chair of Directing at Yale School of Drama where she has directed and taught since 1992. She has directed new works at Yale Rep and at theatres in New York and across the US, including A.R.T., the Public Theatre, Arena Stage, Zankel Hall, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, collaborating with writers including Seamus Heaney, Suzan-Lori Parks, Marcus Gardley, Octavio Solis and Nilo Cruz. She has staged critically acclaimed productions of new translations of Euripides, Brecht, Molière, and Racine, as well as her own translation of Stravinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat. Liz is has won OBIE and Connecticut Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Direction, and has served as a Visiting Professor at Shanghai Theatre Academy. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and in spring 2018 she will direct Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars at Yale Rep and at A.C.T. in San Francisco.

Panelist: Pinnacle Conversation – A Clarion Call for Advancement
Sunday, 1:30pm

Carol Dunne is excited to lead Northern Stage for her fourth season as Producing Artistic Director. She brings a wealth of experience from her former position as Producing Artistic Director of the New London Barn Playhouse and as an award winning Senior Lecturer at Dartmouth College. At Northern Stage, Carol has directed the acclaimed productions of Our Town, The Mountaintop, Into the Woods, Good People, White Christmas, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Songs for a New World, in which she also performed. Carol has worked professionally as an actress and director at the Tony Award-winning Cleveland Play House (as a member of the company for ten years), The Great Lakes Theater Festival, and at Northern Stage.

Moderator: Plenary Session – Leadership Shifts: From the Wellesley Report to Executive Search
Saturday, 4pm

Rachel Fink, a Berkshire Leadership Summit Steering Committee member, is a producer, educator, arts advocate, cultural leader and mentor, currently serving as Managing Director of Theatre Bay Area. Prior to TBA, Rachel Fink founded Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s School of Theatre which she led for 16 years and where she developed nationally-recognized arts-centered vocational and avocational programs for youth, teens and adults. Rachel has been a member of the British Council’s Cultural Leadership International Programme, American Express/Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders, 2016 artEquity cohort, and has planned numerous convenings to address issues of inequity and access in arts leadership. BA: CWRU. MFA: Yale School of Drama.

Presenter: Breakout Session #2 – Artistic Director/Managing Director Relationships
Saturday, 1pm

Mandy Greenfield is the Artistic Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival, one of the most influential American theater institutions for over six decades. In 2015, she expanded the New Play Development initiatives of WTF with the establishment of a New Play Commissioning Program and the creation of a Playwright-in-Residence position at the Festival. Prior to joining WTF, Mandy served as Artistic Producer of Manhattan Theatre Club where she produced more than seventy-five world and American premiere plays and musicals both on and off Broadway. The recipient of a 2017 Lilly Award, Mandy is a member of the Broadway League and she serves on the Advisory Board of the Drama League and The Relentless Award. She has been a judge and director of The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Panelist: Plenary Session – Leadership Shifts: From the Wellesley Report to Executive Search
Saturday, 4pm

Sheila Hennessey is an experienced recruiter at Koya Leadership Partners, with a focus on the West Coast region. Her expertise spans the full recruitment life cycle including needs assessment, research strategy, candidate development, and client management. Sheila’s clients have included the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Smithsonian Institution, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Johns Hopkins University among many others. A professional actress, Sheila has appeared onstage and in national network television programs including “The Wire” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.” Sheila serves on the board of Laguna Playhouse.

Presenter: Breakout Session #2 – Using Financial Tools to tell the Organizational Story
Saturday, 1pm

Julie Hennrikus has been the Executive Director of StageSource since 2011. Prior to that she worked at Emerson College, as the General Manager of Emerson Stage. She continues to teach arts management classes as adjunct faculty. Prior to Emerson, she was the Program Manager of the Memorial Hall/Lowell Hall Complex at Harvard University for ten years. Julie is on the leadership council of MASSCreative, and serves on several committees in the arts community. Julie is a published author with mystery series. She writes the Clock Shop mysteries as Julianne Holmes, and the Theater Cop mystery series as J.A. Hennrikus.

Speaker: Keynote Address – All The Lights On: Reimagining Theater With Ten Thousand Things
Saturday, 9:30am

Michelle Hensley is the founder and Artistic Director of Ten Thousand Things Theater in Minneapolis, where she has directed and produced over 25 years of award-winning drama brought directly to nontraditional audiences in prisons, shelters and housing projects, as well as the general public. A McKnight Theater Fellow, Michelle was named the Star Tribune’s Best Artistic Director in 2012, received the Francesca Primus Prize for outstanding contribution to the American theater by a female artist, in 2015 published her book “All The Lights On,” and just last last month received the Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement. In December TTT will host a national gathering of over a dozen theaters now practicing its touring model, including NYC’s Public Theater, San Diego’s Old Globe, Baltimore’s Center Stage and Delaware and New Orleans Shakespeare Festivals.

Presenter: Breakout Session #1 – Let’s Talk about Boards
Saturday, 10:45am

Panelist: Plenary Session – Leadership Shifts: From the Wellesley Report to Executive Search
Saturday, 4pm

Dr. Joan Lancourt has been Board Chair at Underground Railway Theatre and at Company One Theatre in Boston, and is the founder of the Greater Boston Theater Board Leaders Group. Joan has 30+ years of experience managing in and consulting to global and local organizations in a variety of industries and non-profit sectors, on issues ranging from the creation of organizational visions, strategic plans, and new management processes to organizational assessments, program and policy design and implementation, leadership coaching, team development, and designing and managing organizational and cultural change. She is co-author of Intentional Revolutions: A Seven Point Strategy for Transforming Organizations which identifies the critical success factors for making sustainable organizational change.

Presenter: Breakout Session #4 – Communication for Leaders
Sunday, 9am

Dr. S. Atyia Martin was appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of the 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. She has also been adjunct faculty at Northeastern University in the Master of Homeland Security program. Previously, Dr. Martin was the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). Her previous professional experience includes the Boston Police Department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center; City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management; the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI); and active duty Air Force assigned to the National Security Agency. www.atyiamartin.com

Panelist: Pinnacle Conversation – A Clarion Call for Advancement
Sunday, 1:30pm

Joy Meads is Literary Manager/Artistic Engagement Strategist at Center Theatre Group. At CTG, dramaturgy credits include Archduke by Rajiv Joseph, Good Grief by Ngozi Anyanwu, Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Forever by Dael Orlandersmith, Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison (2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist), A Parallelogram by Bruce Norris, The Royale by Marco Ramirez, and Radiate by Daniel Alexander Jones. Previously, Joy was Literary Manager at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Associate Artistic Director at California Shakespeare Theater. Joy has also developed plays with NYTW, Berkeley Rep, Denver Center, the O’Neill, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Rep, and Campo Santo. Joy is a proud member and co-founder of The Kilroys: www.thekilroys.org.

Presenter: Breakout Session #2 – Artistic Director/Managing Director Relationships
Saturday, 1pm

Presenter: Breakout Session #3 – Artistic Director/Managing Director Relationships
Saturday, 2:30pm

Panelist: Plenary Session – Leadership Shifts: From the Wellesley Report to Executive Search
Saturday, 4pm

Laura Penn joined SDC as Executive Director in 2008 after a 25-year career in LORT management. While keeping a keen eye on the challenges currently facing directors and choreographers, Ms. Penn has begun forging partnerships with key industry constituents, focusing on improving the union’s communications capabilities and expanding its reach and scope within the industry. She is an active member of the Broadway Coalition of Unions and Guilds (COBUG), a member of the Tony Administration Committee and Freehold Studio/Theatre Lab, and a nominator for the Chita Rivera Awards. Ms. Penn continues to serve on the committee for Broadway Salutes and is a founder of this annual event celebrating Broadway artists.

Presenter: Breakout Session #2 – Size Matters: A Discussion about the Challenges and Benefits of Leadership in Theaters of Different Size
Saturday, 1pm

Ellen Richard is the Executive Director of the Laguna Playhouse. She has led some of America’s most prestigious theatres, including the Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre and American Conservatory Theatre (ACT). She has 6 Tony Awards as producer for Cabaret, Sideman, Assassins, A View from the Bridge, Glengarry Glenross, and Nine. At ACT she commissioned the Wellesley Centers for Women to produce the Women’s Leadership Study. Ms. Richard has achieved tremendous growth in earned income and maintained an unparalleled record of surpluses across a 35 year history. Ms. Richard currently serves on the board of Theatre Communications Group.

Panelist: Plenary Session – Successive Leadership: Leading on While Passing the Baton
Sunday, 11:15am

Martha Richards is the Founder and Executive Director of WomenArts, formerly known as The Fund for Women Artists. Prior to WomenArts, Richards served as Executive Director of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College and as Managing Director of StageWest in Springfield, Massachusetts. She writes and lectures frequently on arts and cultural policy issues. Richards has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law. She was one of the founding directors of California Lawyers for the Arts.

Presenter: Breakout Session #1 – Finance Speak
Saturday, 10:45am

Presenter: Breakout Session #3 – Finance Speak
Saturday, 2:30pm

Sarah Shampnois is the Managing Director and a founding member of Company One Theatre. She holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in Nonprofit Management from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University and a BA from Clark University in Environmental Science and Policy. Sarah has worked for non-profit and government agencies including AmeriCorps, New Jersey Community Water Watch (NJCWW), MassPIRG, and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development under President Clinton. She also served as the Educational Team Leader for NJCWW and has taught environmental education and the arts in the Camden, NJ and Worcester, MA school systems.

Panelist: Plenary Session – Successive Leadership: Leading on While Passing the Baton
Sunday, 11:15am

Hana S. Sharif is a director, playwright, producer and currently the Associate Artistic Director at Baltimore Center Stage. Previous positions include Associate Artistic Director, Director of New Play Development, and Artistic Producer at Hartford Stage; Program Manager of the ArtsEmerson Ambassador Program; Developmental Producer/Tour Manager of Progress Theatre’s musical The Burnin’. Hana also served as co-founder and Artistic Director of Nasir Productions. Hana is the recipient of the Aetna New Voices Fellowship and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) New Generations Fellowship. She serves on the board of directors for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and The Sprott Foundation.

Panelist Pinnacle Conversation – A Clarion Call for Advancement
Sunday, 1:30pm

Kristen van Ginhoven, chair of the Berkshire Leadership Summit Steering Committee, is the Artistic Director of WAM Theatre, which she co-founded in 2010. Kristen is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and Canadian Actor’s Equity Association, and is a theatre artist for the International Schools Theatre Association. She was a member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and is a member of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival of Canada. She has a BA from Dalhousie University, BEd from Queen’s University, and an MA from Emerson College, where she received the Presidential Fellowship. www.wamtheatre.com

Presenter: Breakout Session #1 – Creative Producing: Women Creating Paths to Freedom Inside and Outside of the Institution
Saturday, 10:45am

Moderator: Pinnacle Conversation – A Clarion Call for Advancement
Sunday, 1:30pm

Erin Michelle Washington of Montgomery, AL attended Florida A&M University and obtained her MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater. In 2009, Erin started Soul Productions, a company that exposes urban communities to emerging independent artists who are pioneering new approaches to music and theatre. Washington has created engagement strategizes for over ten major institutions. Recently serving as a Producing Associate at American Conservatory Theatre, she was a producer for the Women’s Leadership Conference and a Co-Creator of the Bayview Arts Festival. Currently living in Atlanta, GA she is building the Soul Center: Art, Conversation, Conversation, Community. www.soulc.org