Speaker Bios

Tools & Techniques Session Speaker Bios

The League's National Conference Education Program includes 25+ sessions on restoration, safety, technology and programming along with important case studies of best practices from around the nation, offering something for everyone. Late Sunday afternoon, we will offer four concurrent case study sessions that will demonstrate the best practices of several venues across the U.S. Two segments of concurrent Tools & Techniques sessions will be offered on Monday, July 17, and one Segment of concurrent sessions will be offered on Wednesday, July 19.

Facilitated discussions, workshops, panel discussions, and case studies provide real solutions to real problems. Four concurrent Tools & Techniques segments on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will offer best practices, emerging trends and practical information for improving your historic theatre, your business and your community. The majority of the sessions will be repeated following a 30 minute networking break to give each person an opportunity to attend as many sessions as possible. A few sessions will only be offered once (please note schedule below).

Click here to learn about this year's two optional Early Bird Intensive Education Sessions.

All Education Sessions are presented at the Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Last Updated 07.11.17

Aaron Bare
Director of Marketing, Etix, Morrisville, NC

Aaron Bare, Director of Marketing for Etix, brings more than 15 years of venue marketing and management experience in sports, concerts and the performing arts to Etix and its client marketing division, Rockhouse Partners. With an extensive knowledge of both traditional and modern marketing practices, Aaron believes Rockhouse Partners' purpose is to practically blend the advantages of modern digital marketing with the real-word, everyday needs of their Etix clients. The only metric for success at Rockhouse is client satisfaction.

Janis Barlow
Principal, Barlow & Associates, Toronto, ON

Janis Barlow is a consultant in arts and heritage resource management, specializing in the development of cultural resources and, in particular, the design and management of theatres for the performing arts. Her background combines comprehensive project planning and management experience. Her practical experience embraces the full range of technical, artistic and administrative roles. In 1981, she accepted a contract with Ontario's Ministry of Culture and Recreation as a Theatre Consultant to analyze planning and feasibility studies for Ministry funded theatre projects. From 1985 to 1990, she served as Project Manager for the $30 million Elgin and Winter Garden theatre rehabilitation, overseeing planning, design, administration, construction and fund raising. Barlow has served on several Boards of Directors including the Toronto Theatre Alliance, World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (an international UNESCO project), the Theatre Museum Canada, the League of Historic American Theatres, Carousel Players and The Foster Festival, named for famed Canadian playwright, Norm Foster. She was the founding President of Arts Consultants Canada. She holds degrees in drama and sociology from the University of Guelph and studied architecture and design at Ryerson University and George Brown College in Toronto.

Jonathan Baron
Executive Associate, Saban Theater, Beverly Hills, CA

Jonathan Baron is Executive Associate at Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA, where he is in charge of non-traditional bookings.

John Bell
CEO, Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL

John Bell is an experienced historic theatre leader having successfully managed two different historic theatre projects over his career. He began his career in arts administration with the North Carolina Arts Council and later assumed duties as the Managing Director of the historic Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC in 1979. After he assumed management responsibilities in Tampa in 1985, Tampa Theatre revamped its programming to include a heavy mix of first run and classic films supplemented by concerts, education programs and special events. This successful formula remains in place today, as the Theatre presents approximately 535 film events, 20 major concerts, 45 educational field trips, four weeks of summer camp, and scores of corporate and community events a year. In spite of having a stage depth of only 8', Tampa Theatre's annual attendance averages 140,000 a year and remains one of the busiest venues in the country. John has served on the Board of Directors of the League of Historic American Theatres, is a member of Rotary, the Florida Facility Managers Association, the Florida Professional Presenters Consortium, the Tampa Cultural Executives Council, and was a founding member of the Ybor City Cultural Heritage Consortium. John holds a BA degree in Theatre Arts from Catawba College in North Carolina.

Brooke Bernard
Development Director, Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN

Brooke Bernard is the first full-time development director of the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, TN. Previously, she was an independent film producer whose films premiered at film festivals across the world including Sundance, Cannes and Rotterdam. She has a deep knowledge of and passion for independent filmmaking, and of the cultural/economic role of art houses in communities.

Lee Berry
Chief Development Officer, Michigan Theater Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI

Lee Berry is an entertainment industry veteran with over 20 years' experience promoting concerts and festivals before joining the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI in 2004. He is passionate about community-based, mission-driven theatres and the role of philanthropy in making them successful. Lee holds both BA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan.

Meredith Arms Bzdak, PhD
Partner, Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC, Princeton, NJ

Meredith Arms Bzdak, PhD, an architectural historian, is a Partner in the Princeton, NJ firm Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC. As Associate Graduate Faculty at Rutgers University in the Art History Department, she teaches classes on the development of the modern city, the preservation of the recent past, and modern Italian architecture. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of DOCOMOMO US and DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State and is the author of Public Sculpture in New Jersey; Monuments to Collective Identity. She holds a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College and a PhD in Art History from Rutgers University.

Gene Carr
Founder & CEO, Patron Technology, New York, NY

Gene Carr, founder and CEO of Patron Technology, has been an innovator in the area of e-marketing for arts & cultural organizations since 1996, when he founded CultureFinder.com. Initially funded by AOL.com and Comcast, it became an award-winning nationwide arts calendar and online ticketing service. Gene earned a BA in history from Oberlin College, and a music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, earning Phi Kappa Lambda honors, and then earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. Gene worked in arts management serving as the executive director of the American Symphony Orchestra from 1991 to 1996. Gene is the author of Breaking the Fifth Wall: Rethinking Arts Marketing for the 21st Century (2011) as well as three previous books on e-marketing: Wired for Culture: How E-mail is Revolutionizing Arts Marketing (Third Edition) (2007), Sign-Up for Culture: The Arts Marketer's Guide to Building an Effective E-mail List (Second Edition) (2007), and Web Sites for Culture: Essential Principles for Great Arts Web Sites (2005). He also writes a blog: Wired for Culture.

David Cocke, SE
President, Structural Focus, Gardena, CA

David Cocke is a registered structural engineer in who founded Structural Focus in 2001. He is a recognized expert in structural design and seismic evaluation especially in historic preservation, adaptive reuse and retrofit projects. Projects include the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts which included a new building and adaptive reuse, the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre and Wilshire Boulevard Temple (with EverGreene and MATT). David is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Conservancy and a former Trustee of the California Preservation Foundation.

Jesse Cole
Location Manager

Jesse Cole is a Location Manager, the member of the film crew responsible for finding and securing locations to be used, obtaining all fire, police and other governmental permits, and coordinating the logistics for the production to complete its work. His credits include: The Grinder, The Prestige, Speechless, New Girl.

Russ Collins
Executive Director, Michigan Theater Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI

Russ Collins leads the Michigan Theater Foundation which operates Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater (1920s Movie Palace) and State Theatre (1940s Cinema Style). Professional recognition: IndieWire "Influencers;" Knighted Republic of Italy; AHC Founder Award. Russ taught film studies and arts management and holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Arts Administration from the University of Michigan.

Deb Dale, CFRE
Fundraising Counsel, Smith & Dale, LLC, Tucson, AZ

Deb Dale, CFRE, is a founding partner of Smith & Dale, LLC, a consulting firm providing services that result in increased revenue for nonprofits of all sizes. Deb has helped numerous nonprofits raise over $35 million in funds, and provided board facilitation, strategic planning, educational trainings and performance audits for countless more. She is an Association of Fundraising Professionals Master Trainer®, has earned her CFRE credential (Certified Fund Raising Executive) and was named the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Fundraising Executive of the Year. She has been honored by the University of Arizona's Eller College and was named one of Tucson's '40 Under 40' Business Leaders.

Michael DiBlasi, ASTC, IALD
Partner, Schuler Shook, Minneapolis, MN

Michael DiBlasi, ASTC, IALD is a partner and principal designer of Schuler Shook and has been an integral part of the firm since its inception 30 years ago.

Michael began his career in technical theatre design, which is the basis for his theatre consulting work. His hands-on understanding of performance venue requirements, including technical, functional and aesthetic issues, provides an invaluable resource to the design of theatre facilities. His theatre consulting experience includes renovated and new performance spaces for professional, community and educational facilities.

Michael's involvement in the project begins with pre-design and programming studies that help shape the immediate and long range requirements for the facility. His involvement continues throughout the project as Michael collaborates with all members of the design team to develop the project's original vision into its successful completion.

Andrew J. Douglas, PhD
Director of Education, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA

Andrew J. Douglas, PhD, became the first director of education at Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI), a non-profit cinema arts center near Philadelphia, in July 2005. Since then, he has developed the organization's educational offerings, which now include programs for school groups and various community organizations, a summer filmmaking workshop for high school students, and a film studies curriculum offered at BMFI and the Philadelphia Museum of Art that has presented roughly 200 distinct courses, series, and seminars on a range of topics, reaching nearly 1200 students of all ages annually. In all, BMFI educates well over 3000 people about film each year.

Pam Elyea
VP, History For Hire Prop House, Glendale Arts/Alex Theatre Board Member, Glendale, CA

Pam Elyea is VP and co-owner of History For Hire Prop house. Pam and her husband Jim have run History For Hire, located in North Hollywood, for over thirty years. Occupying over 30,000+ sq ft their inventory of out of date technology can be seen in everything from iPhone commercials to historical films such as Hidden Figures. History For Hire's credits include: The Majestic, The Goldbergs, Titanic, Platoon and LA LA Land.

Molly Fortune
Executive Director, Newberry Opera House, Newberry, SC

Molly Fortune became the Executive Director of the Newberry Opera House in South Carolina in September 2015. Prior to relocating to Newberry, Molly served as the Director of Restoration & Operations for the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia until April 2015. A fiercely protected National Landmark and nationally acclaimed theatre, the Fox is a multi-purpose performing arts venue which hosts over 450 events and has more than 780,000 patrons per year. During her tenure at the Fox, Molly was influential in the development and implementation of new strategic initiatives such as the Fox Theatre Institute, an outreach and consulting division for which she served as Restoration Consultant. However, her main focus was on the one and only in-house restoration department of a theatre anywhere in the country. She was with the Fox's Restoration Department in 2001. Projects completed under her tenure as the Restoration Director of the Fox included: carpet re-weaving, handrail installation, ceiling restoration, Landmarks Lounge creation, historic finishes documentation, furniture appraisal, lighting appraisals, organ restoration; lighting restoration and improvements, exterior lighting, boiler and air wash restoration to name just a few. The Restoration Department spends over $1 million in capital improvements each year. Molly received her BFA in Interior Design from Converse College, studied architecture at the University of Kansas, and received an MFA Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to her active involvement with LHAT, she is on the Board of Advisors for the Savannah College of Art and Design as well as Converse College. She is also active as a mentor and peer reviewer for several professional Preservation and Museum oriented organizations and publications.

Roger Fricke, LEED AP
Sr. Vice President Pre-construction, MATT Construction, Los Angeles, CA

Roger Fricke has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry and oversees MATT's preconstruction services. His construction experience in Southern California includes The Broad, the Petersen Automotive Museum, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and Wilshire Boulevard Temple. In his early career, he restored historic homes in the Seattle area. Currently, Roger's historic projects include two adaptive reuse projects: the Howard Hughes Spruce Goose hangar and a historic theatre.

Robert Friend
Vice President Business Development and Consulting, Patron Technology, New York, NY

Robert Friend has more than 30 years of leadership in the nonprofit arts and entertainment industry with extensive experience in strategic and financial business operations, fundraising, marketing, sales and technology. As VP of Business Development and Consulting for Patron Technology, Robert is responsible for developing and implementing market strategies to drive sales, intelligence, and revenue growth for the PatronManager community. He is the author and lead consultant for the PatronInsight professional consulting services program and plays a major role in the company's growth and transformation objectives. Robert is an Adjunct for Brooklyn College's Graduate Program in Performing Arts Management. He served as Director of Institutional Advancement for Connecticut's Historic Garde Arts Center, Director of Marketing and Operations for California's Tony Award winning La Jolla Playhouse, and Associate Director of Marketing for Connecticut's Tony Award winning Long Wharf Theater. He served as founder and lead consultant for Strategic Entertainment Group, providing insight and support for arts organizations across North America. Robert is a graduate of Boston's Emerson College and serves on the College's Board of Trustees. He is a past member of the League of Historic American Theatres Board of Directors and currently serves as Board Secretary for INTIX, the International Ticketing Association.

Jeffrey Gabel
Founding Executive Director, Majestic Theater, Gettysburg, PA

Jeffrey Gabel is the Founding Executive Director of Gettysburg College's Majestic Theater in the heart of historic, downtown Gettysburg. Hired in 2003, Gabel supervised the successful $16.5 capital campaign and building project to fully restore the 1925 Colonial Revival vaudeville and silent movie theater and expand it into the 60,000 square foot Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center which includes the 800 seat historic theater and two cinemas, an art gallery, café, lobbies, backstage rehearsal hall and production facilities, and a roof top swimming pool for the adjacent Hotel Gettysburg. Gabel also created the center's business plan, including branding, staffing, programming, marketing, fundraising and concessions. Since its grand re-opening in 2005, the center has presented over 1,400 live performances with leading artists from around the world, nearly 10,000 daily showings of first-run independent art films, raised $1.4 million for local non-profits from fundraisers, and generated more than $600,000 in new amusement taxes to support local government and schools. In 2015 on the theater's 90th birthday, Gabel launched the Majestic Centennial Endowment Fund which has raised $3.5 million to enhance programming. In 2016, Gabel was elected chairman of LHAT's national board, on which he's served since 2011. The same year Gov. Tom Corbett appointed him to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Before joining Gettysburg College, Gabel was Executive Director of the Portsmouth, NH 1876 Music Hall, where he reversed the theater's negative financial position by increasing annual donations by $200,000, launching the Telluride by the Sea Film Festival and securing a $400,000 Save America's Treasures grant. Prior to his historic theatre career, Gabel enjoyed a 15 year career in arts management including PBS, foundation grant-making, and as Chuckles the Clown, who appeared as a special guest on the national television series "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood."

Erik Gable
Director of Marketing and Audience Development, Croswell Opera House, Adrian, MI

Erik Gable is director of marketing and audience development for the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Michigan. A former newspaper journalist, he also holds a degree in history from Grinnell College. During the Croswell's recent sesquicentennial celebration, he compiled the theater's history into a 246-page book and wrote the dialogue for a full-length musical about the Croswell's 150 years in existence.

Elissa Glickman
CEO Glendale Arts, Alex Theatre, Glendale, CA

Elissa Glickman, CEO of Glendale Arts, the private nonprofit that manages the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale California. Elissa has been with the organization since 2004. In 2014, she oversaw a $6 million dollar renovation of the theatre which added 6600 square feet of backstage, loading dock and production space to the 1925 venue. Under Glickman's management, the Alex has received several community awards including the Business of the Year from the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, The Preservation Award from the Glendale Historical Society and The Theatre of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Theatre Foundation, to name a few. Over the past few years, the Alex Theatre has been used as a film location for: RuPaul's Drag Race, Last Comic Standing as well as a number of national commercials, comedy specials and live concert events.

Becca Goland-Van Ryn
Managing Director, Spektrix, New York, NY

Becca Goland-Van Ryn, Managing Director for Spektrix, oversees North American operations and looks after how to continuously develop Spektrix's offerings to meet the needs of arts organizations. She has an extensive understanding of the arts industry from experiences working at non-profit and commercial arts organizations such as Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City Center, Arden Theatre Company, The Pearl Theatre Company, Serino/Coyne and most recently as Director of Operations at the digital marketing company Capacity Interactive. Spektrix works with 300+ arts organizations across the US, Canada and the UK, including New York Theatre Workshop, Round House Theatre, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and The Curran.

Jeff Greene
President, EverGreene Architectural Arts, New York, NY

Jeff Greene, President and founder of EverGreene, has led large-scale interior conservation, restoration, and new design work for theaters and other significant spaces across the US. He is considered one of the foremost experts in both traditional and innovative techniques for murals, ornamental plaster and decorative finishes. Jeff, the recipient of the Institute for Classical Art & Architecture's Arthur Ross Award, has served on numerous boards, including the League of Historic American Theaters, and Association for Preservation Technology. Significant projects include the restoration of the Curran Theatre (SF) and Pantages Theatre (LA).

Bruce Greenhill
Managing Director, Ironwood Theatre, Ironwood, MI

Bruce Greenhill, is the Ironwood Theatre's sole full-time employee. Bruce joined the Ironwood Theatre team in January 2012. An 11-year career in hospitality management and tourism marketing was followed by a return to school to earn his degree in Policy & Planning from Melbourne, Australia's RMIT University. The major focus of his studies was rural and regional economic development. A stint in a rural municipality's planning and zoning office was followed by four years of strategic planning with the highly-respected Trevor Budge planning consultancy, where Bruce made significant contributions to numerous projects including housing and social needs assessments, community recreation plans, heritage protection guidelines, a regional tourism development policy, and economic development plans. Bruce migrated to Northern Wisconsin in 1991, where he applied the skills he learned in regional development planning to management of a couple of not-for-profits including a member-based tourism promotion agency and later, a community-supported environmental education center. He views his management of the Historic Ironwood Theatre as the natural progression of a career that is all about connections – people to places, people to ideas, and people to people. Says Bruce: "Theatre has always been a favorite extra-curricular activity of mine, so the opportunity to combine the management of a performing arts facility with heritage protection, economic development, and community engagement, well…it was just too good an opportunity to pass up!"

Peyton Hall, FAIA
Managing Principal, Historic Resources Group, LLC, Pasadena, CA

Peyton Hall, FAIA, is the Managing Principal of Historic Resources Group, LLC and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Environmental Design from Yale University. Post-graduate studies include a Certificate from the Center for Palladian Studies in Vicenza, Italy, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in residence at the National Cultural Properties Institute in Tokyo, Japan. He has presented papers at the conferences of the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute for Conservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Association for Preservation Technology International, the Society of Architectural Historians, the League of Historic American Theatres, the Theatre Historical Society, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy. His historic theatre consultancy includes the Alex Theatre (Glendale, CA), Miles Memorial Playhouse (Santa Monica, CA), Orpheum Theatre (Wichita), Fillmore Towne Theatre (Fillmore, CA), Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles), American Cinematheque at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Palladium, the Wiltern Theatre (Los Angeles), and the Fox (Riverside, CA).

Becky Hancock
Executive Director, Historic Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN

Becky Hancock has over 15 years of fund development, event planning, and project management in the nonprofit sector. As Executive Director of the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation since 2013, she oversees all theatre activity, serves as the public face of the organization, and works with the HTTF Board of Directors to preserve and maintain this important community asset and Official State Theatre of Tennessee. The Tennessee Theatre is active 200+ days annually, presenting 40 touring concerts, 6 Broadway titles, 10 classic films, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Knoxville Opera, and numerous community and private events each year. In 2005, the Theatre completed a $30 million comprehensive renovation and has since welcomed 1.7+ million patrons and helped revitalize downtown Knoxville.

Allison Inman
Education and Engagement Director, Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN

Allison Inman is education and engagement director at the Belcourt Theatre, Nashville's nonprofit film center. She directs in-theatre engagement events—filmmaker and academic Q&As, performances, seminars, film clubs, field trips—and takes the Belcourt's Mobile Movie Theatre to schools, shelters, and community centers, finding cinephiles in every pocket of the city. Before the Belcourt, she worked in communications consulting and public media, first for Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver and then for ITVS, where she hosted documentary screening/engagement events in Denver, New Orleans and Nashville. She recently joined the board of directors of Southern Documentary Fund.

Greg Laemmle
President, Laemmle Theaters, Los Angeles, CA

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Megan Lytle
Front of House Manager, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN

Megan Lytle joined the Embassy Theatre as the Front of House Manager in 2015. She has over 20 years' experience in the food and beverage industry. She directly supervises the bar staff and is in charge of all bars, concessions, and merchandise. She has been a certified trainer for TEAM Coalition since February 2016 and assists with TEAM training for all volunteers and staff at the Embassy Theatre.

Nick Keenan
Founder, Gameflow Interactive, Portland, OR

Nick Keenan is the founder of Gameflow Interactive, a web and experience design agency that builds web platforms that activate audiences for cultural organizations. Nick developed Gameflow's approach to content strategy and customer experiences – driven by storytelling and game mechanics to motivate audience behavior – through fifteen years' experience as a theatrical producer, sound designer, and web technology "therapist" in Chicago.

Kelly Maahs
Front of House Director, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN

Kelly Maahs joined the Embassy Theatre as the Front of House Manager in 2012 and has served as the Front of House Director since September 2013. She has a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Indiana University and over 20 years' experience in the food and beverage industry. She currently supervises the event staff, volunteers, and all things related to food and beverage. She has been a certified trainer for TEAM coalition since February 2013 and conducts TEAM training for all volunteers and staff at the Embassy Theatre.

Donald Mason
Executive Director, Lyric Theatre, Lexington, KY

Donald Mason is the Executive Director of the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, KY, tasked with directing the historic African American venue into a leading regional cultural arts organization. Donald has become an advocate for diversity and inclusion in Central Kentucky, specifically in the Arts sector.

Donald serves on the LexArts Board, VisitLEX Commission, Picnic With The Pops Commission, Business Volunteers for the Arts, EMERGE Conference Steering Committee and a Leadership Lexington Class of 2017 graduate.

He holds a B.S. in Management and Ethics from Asbury University and is an MBA candidate at Southern New Hampshire University with a Masters certificate in music business and a Modern Musician specialization from Berklee College of Music. Beyond the artistic side, Donald is a double Boxer dog dad (Max and Bella), as well as four turtles, (Cannonball, Miles, Mingus and Thelonious) and would love to have lunch with Bill Withers.

Randy McKay
Executive Director, Jefferson Live/Cascade & Holly Theatres, Redding, CA

Randy McKay is the Executive Director of Jefferson Live, the nonprofit tasked with management of the Cascade Theatre (Redding, CA) and renovation of the Holly Theatre (Medford, OR). With a background in show management from rock music to theater and ballet to symphony, his credits include San Francisco Opera, Tony Award-winning companies American Conservatory Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Emmy Award-nominated Ballet San Jose, three Broadway shows and numerous rock concert tours for acts large and small. The Holly Theatre is his third historic theater restoration project. He has managed facilities ranging from 65-5,000 seats in markets large and small and somehow always has managed to wring just a little bit more out of his concession operations each year.

Peter Means
Senior Director of Development, Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ

Peter Means is the Senior Director of Development at ASU Gammage. He is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of all aspects of development. Prior to ASU, Peter was Director of Advancement at the Connecticut Association for the Performing Arts' historic Shubert Theater in New Haven, overseeing all fundraising programs in addition to working closely with the executive director and board of directors on all strategic initiatives. Before CAPA, Peter was a professional dancer for 17 years, performing in theaters on four continents, including Cairo Opera House, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, and many historic theaters across the US.

Miriam Morgan
VP of Arts Campus Administration and COO, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, IN

Miriam Morgan is the Vice President of Arts Campus Administration, COO for Arts United located in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. She oversees three buildings on the arts campus which house nine non-profit organizations and two theaters, including the internationally renowned Arts United Center designed by Louis I. Kahn. Miriam's background includes over 20 years in technical theatre, stage production, and lighting design. In her current position she oversees all downtown arts campus activity, including tenant services, venue scheduling, technical and stage services, and maintenance.

John Nein
Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA

John Nein is a Senior Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival where he has worked since 2001, dealing primarily with American and international feature films as well as the festival's panels. He curates Sundance Institute's film preservation initiative, the Sundance Collection at UCLA. John grew up in Europe and the United States, studied history as an undergraduate at Carleton College and earned his MFA in Film Directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He is also the curator of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles' film culture conversation series Lost & Found at the Movies at the downtown Central Library. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Bob Nocek
President, Bob Nocek Presents, Durham, NC

Bob Nocek is an independent concert promoter working in venues along the East Coast, and the former CEO of The Carolina Theatre in Durham.

Lance Olson
Executive Director, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe, VT

Lance Olson is the executive director of the Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation in Stowe, VT, which owns and operates a 400-seat proscenium theater in a rural community of 4,500 full time residents with a focus on outdoor recreation. Since 2012 he has built brands emphasizing the uniquely Vermont artists and cultural "Peak Experiences" attractive to locals and visitors alike, supporting the professionalization of many regional artists by providing a first class listening environment. The Foundation recruits audiences from Philadelphia to Maine and Montreal by employing CRM-based tools across all platforms to engage one person at a time. Prior to Stowe, Olson served 19 years in Boston as manager of the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College and Associate Director of ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage. Olson transformed the Majestic from the "grand dame" of Boston's theatres into the most active in the historic theatre district, with 45 weeks of performances attracting 125,00 people each year. He served as founder of Rutgers SummerFest, at Newark NJ Symphony Hall, and treasurer of the League of Historic American Theatres. He holds an MFA degree in Theatre Administration from Brooklyn College.

Susan Palmer
President, The Palmer Westport Group, Santa Fe, NM

Susan Palmer is the President of The Palmer Westport Group, an arts management consulting firm, which specializes in strategic, master and business planning, fundraising and organizational development for non-profit arts and cultural organizations. Prior to forming the Palmer Westport Group, Susan was Executive Director of historic The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA; a co-founder of Barrington Stage Company - a producing theatre company performing in a restored vaudeville house, that recently won two Tony awards for The Putnam County Spelling Bee; managing director of the historic Berkshire Theatre Festival; Information Systems Manager at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, an international dance festival that takes place in an historic theatre in Becket, MA; Director of Major Gifts at WGBY Public Television. Susan has been on the faculty of Association for Performing Arts Presenters, a national service organization for presenting theaters, a presenter at New York Council of Nonprofit's (NYCON) annual meeting, a speaker at the Foundation Center at their Boston conference, and has been a program presenter at the League of Historic American Theatres at their national conferences in Boston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Schenectady, San Diego, New York and Chicago.

Jan Pascale
SDSA, Set Decorator, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governor, Designers Branch

Jan Pascale SDSA is a set decorator and founding member of the Set Decorators Society of America. She is also a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Designers Branch. Jan won an Emmy for Boston Public and was nominated for an Oscar for Good Night and Good Luck. Jan's credits include: Sicario, Training Day, Argo, Horrible Bosses 1&2, Anchorman 1&2.

Maureen Patton
Executive Director, 1894 Grand Opera House, Galveston, TX

Maureen Patton is the Executive Director of The Grand 1894 Opera House and oversees its administration, programming and fundraising, including the $2.2 million capital campaign which completed the final phase in January, 1986, the Centennial Campaign of $2.75 million and a recent capital campaign, "Preserving Grand Entertainment…Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" which raised almost $7 million in contributions and pledges. In the midst of that campaign, she found herself guiding a significantly damaged theatre after Hurricane Ike through recovery and reopening. The Grand's early reopening, which received national media attention, served as an economic catalyst for the Island as well as an emotional inspiration for Galvestonians. Patton holds a B.A. degree in Music and a Master's Degree in Music Theory and Composition. Before assuming her present position, Mrs. Patton was a voice instructor and director of opera workshop programs at Midwestern University and Galveston College in addition to performing extensively as a soloist.

Adam Philipson
President/CEO, Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

Adam Philipson has been CEO of the Count Basie Theatre since 2012 and previously ran the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

Brian Phoebus
Senior Vice President, Maury Donnelly & Parr, Baltimore, MD

Brian Phoebus is the Executive Vice President of National Trust Insurance Services, LLC (NTIS) and a partner at Maury, Donnelly & Parr, Inc (MDP). Brian was essential in the creation of NTIS. He previously worked as an underwriter for historic homes and for the properties owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He saw the need for a more robust program, which he ultimately created and pitched to MDP to become the administrator in 2004. Brian has almost 20 years of experience in the insurance industry and has collaborated with LHAT since 2005.

Spencer Pratt
City Manager, Peerspace, Los Angeles, CA

Spencer Pratt joined Peerspace in 2014 and launched the Los Angeles market when Peerspace was still an iPhone only app. Since then, he's helped grow both sides of the marketplace, ultimately specializing in the host portion of the business. Currently, Pratt oversees local supply operations in the Greater LA area and in Austin, Texas. He is an LA native with a passion for all of the cultural underpinnings the city has to offer.

Adam Qualter
Crew Chief and Head of Props, Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON

Adam Qualter is the Crew Chief at Centre in the Square, a 2000 seat performing arts center in Kitchener, Ontario. Centre in the Square opened in 1980 and is now an older facility, not yet appreciated as historic but still dealing with many of the same issues. With the second largest stage in Canada, Centre in the Square entertains a very broad notion of what can be "staged". Prior to Centre in the Square, Adam was the Producer and Instructor for the Theatre Program at Wilfrid Laurier University and taught courses in lighting, stagecraft and dramatic literature for the Theatre Program at Fanshawe College. He also spent ten seasons as a member of the stage crew at the Stratford Festival. Adam was an active member of the Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology, serving the Ontario Section as co-chair of both the Health and Safety Committee and the Programming Committee. He was a member of the City of Kitchener's CulturePlan, helping to develop a citywide Strategic Cultural Masterplan and was appointed to The Region of Waterloo History Museum Feasibility Study. Currently Adam is a volunteer with the annual Downtown Kitchener Blues Festival.

Julie Ragland
Development Director, Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ

Julie Ragland, Development Director of the Rialto Theatre in downtown Tucson, Arizona, has over 15 years of experience working in the non-profit field, with over 10 of those in fundraising and membership development. Julie has worked at various local and national non-profits, including the historic Fox Tucson Theatre, and since joining the staff of the historic non-profit Rialto Theatre, has helped grow membership by 64% and has successfully launched a $1.5 million capital campaign project.

Jere Righter
Artistic Director, Croswell Opera House, Adrian, MI

Jere Righter is the artistic director of the Croswell Opera House, the oldest theater in Michigan and one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in the United States. Before coming to the Croswell, she served as vice president for advancement at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan, and as a major gifts officer at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. She led the Croswell through its recent successful capital campaign, which raised more than $8 million between 2014 and 2016.

Wynn J. Salisch, CCM, CHS, MBKS
Chairman & CEO, Casablanca Ventures, New York, NY

Wynn J. Salisch, CCM, ETA CPP, MBKS is the founder and Principal of the merchant payments firm Casablanca Ventures LLC. A veteran leisure industry professional with over a half century of experience in show business – from onstage, backstage and front of house to venture development and corporate management – plus payments and hospitality, he's directed over 1,000 theatre and food & beverage operations worldwide, helped build the Clearview Cinemas theatre circuit and design New York's Angelika Film Center, and created successful hospitality destinations, among many other credits. He teaches payment processing and cybersecurity for trade associations nationwide, studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and with Tony Award-winning lighting designer Jean Rosenthal, and is a graduate of The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Wynn has been awarded the Electronic Transaction Association's Certified Payments Professional designation (earned by less than 1% of the payments industry) and is a Partner on the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force and a member of the International Cinema Technology Association, British Kinematograph Sound & Television Society, Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers, League of Historic American Theatres, the boards of directors of the Asian American International Film Festival and La MaMa E.T.C., and the advisory board of the Provincetown International Film Festival, and was given honorary memberships in the Cinema Projectionists Union of Iceland and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision - the New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound. Casablanca was started 15 years ago as a payments industry merchant advocate to rescue friends and associates from fast-talking merchant services salespeople claiming to offer savings but leaving them with hidden high costs, confusing fees, and poor service. The company provides analysis, education and solutions in payments and data security and works with dozens of top-notch providers around the world to find the best solutions for their clients' specific needs with maximum savings, service and security. With its origins in hospitality, the company is completely focused on giving its clients exceptional customer service, which has resulted in the highest client loyalty rate in the payments industry. Casablanca's help is always completely free and without obligation.

Michael Schnoering, FAIA
Partner, Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC, Princeton, NJ

Michael Schnoering, FAIA is a founding partner at Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC, one of the most well-known firms in the arenas of Historic Preservation, particularly on cultural projects. He has worked on a number of historic theatres renovations and expansions, including the Civic Theatre of Allentown, The State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ and the Buck's County Playhouse. He serves on the Board of the League of Historic American Theatres.

Sheila Dwyer Schwartz, CFRE
Principal, Dwyer Philanthropy, Adrian, MI

Sheila Dwyer Schwartz, founder and principal of Dwyer Philanthropy, has spent more than 30 years in the nonprofit fundraising sector. Before founding her own company to help more nonprofits realize their goals, her experience included serving as chief philanthropic officer for a multimillion-dollar health system, where she headed a team of nearly 30 fundraising professionals and support staff to build a world-class fundraising platform.

Tony Sias
President and CEO, Karamu House, Inc., Cleveland, OH

Tony Sias is the newly appointed president and CEO of Karamu House, Inc., the nation's oldest multicultural arts institution, located in the heart of Cleveland's historic Fairfax community. Under Tony's direction, Karamu -- Swahili for a joyful gathering place -- produces professional Theatre, provides Arts Education and, presents Community Programs for all people, while honoring the African-American experience. Prior to Karamu House, Tony was the Director of Arts Education for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and Artistic Director of Cleveland School of the Arts. A few of his favorite directing credits include West Side Story, Footloose, Carmen Jones, Free Man of Color, A Decade of Dreams, In the Continuum, Summer Nights and Fireflies, Dreamgirls, Guys and Dolls and Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting. His acting credits include On the Road with Duke, Angels in America Parts 1 & 2, Black Eagles, Big River, Oak and Ivy, Jazz Poet on Broadway, and the title role in the one-man show Paul Robeson. Among the many awards and recognitions Tony has received are the Ohio House of Representatives Tribute for Excellent Leadership in CMSD's All-City Arts Program, Outstanding Direction for In the Continuum at Cleveland Public Theatre from Times Newspaper, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Contributions in Education and Cultural Arts, the Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement for his performance in Jazz Poet on Broadway (2002), and most recently, he was regarded as one of 2016's Most Interesting People presented by Cleveland Magazine. Tony co-authored the article, "Use of Live Theater to Increase Minority Participation in Alzheimer's Disease Research," published in Alzheimer's Disease and Associates Disorders: An International Journal. In 2008-2009, Tony served as a delegate from the U.S. Department of State in Istanbul, Turkey, representing the Council of International Programs, USA in the Engaging Marginalized Youth Arts for Peace Project. He is a proud graduate of Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, with a Bachelor of Science degree in dramatic art and a Master of Fine Arts in acting from The Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Paul Siemborski, AIA
Principal, DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky, Cleveland, OH

Paul Siemborski has been active in the League serving on the board for a second term and presenting at the annual conference on numerous occasions. He also serves as a board member of the Cleveland Play House, America's first regional theatre. As Principal at Westlake Reed Leskosky, Paul works with historic theaters and clients all over the country and is also responsible for the public relations and marketing. He oversees the development of new initiatives, making certain initial planning and concept design provides the proper framework for planning and implementation. In the initial design stage, Paul works closely with project leadership and key stakeholders to determine project goals, budget, design intent, phasing and implementation, and relevant long term impact on the facility. Paul is versed in organizing and leading consultants strategic to the project goals, including: economic analysts, business operations, marketing and branding, funding and traditional building trade consultants. Paul's recent work includes master plan consulting for various private high schools, colleges and performing arts clients.

Stephanie Silverman
Executive Director, Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN

Stephanie Silverman has been Executive Director of the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, TN since 2007. She also serves as Board VP of LHAT, and Treasurer of Art House Convergence. Stephanie previously worked for Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago; Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; and founded the Arts on the Green Festival, Omaha, NE. She was recently named Nashvillian of the Year.

Emily Simmons
Development Director, Association for The Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, PA

Emily Simmons has served as the Colonial Theatre's Development Director since February 2015. She brings a decade of experience fundraising and grant writing for organizations with education programs including a national pediatric literacy nonprofit Reach Out and Read, the Pennsylvania SPCA, and the first urban environmental education center, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. She manages the Colonial's membership, annual fund, $8M 'Bank on the Arts' building expansion campaign, and grants. After nearly 20 years of operating as a nonprofit, the Colonial is reconsidering its mission. Its expansion from a one-screen to a three-screen theatre center has prompted an exploration of how best to develop its existing Young Audiences program series into a robust, relevant, and resonant education program. Emily completed a certificate in Fundraising at Villanova University via a scholarship from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has a master's degree in English literature from the University of Connecticut, where she also taught and specialized in non-realist dramatic literature and the gothic and supernatural modes. Emily graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Gettysburg College with a bachelor's degree in both English and Theatre arts. While there, she was a member of its Owl and Nightingale Players.

Philip Sokoloski
Vice President Integrated Communications, FilmLA

As Vice President of Integrated Communications at FilmLA, Philip Sokoloski oversees corporate communications, community relations, marketing and research programs for the world's largest and busiest film office. With more than 120 projects being filmed each day on L.A. area streets and soundstages -- including celebrated projects like La La Land, Modern Family and American Horror Story, plus thousands of commercials. Philip holds a M.A. in strategic public relations from USC Annenberg, and a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Ken Stein
President & CEO, League of Historic American Theatres, Austin, TX

Ken Stein became the League's President and CEO in 2012 following a thorough national search. He is the former Executive Director of the Austin Theatre Alliance, and more recently, Vice President at the AT&T Center in Dallas. Upon his hiring, Ken said, "When I left the Paramount and State Theatres, it was with a very heavy heart, but I knew I would eventually find my way back to the historic theatre movement, a cause I am very passionate about." Many League members are familiar with Stein from his presentations at the Annual League Conferences in Cleveland and San Antonio. Stein has worked with several non-profits over the past 20 years. He began his career in the for profit sector with Humana Inc. where he spent 5 years as Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Since entering the non-profit arena, Stein has raised over $100 million for local, regional, and national non-profit organizations. His accomplishments with special events and on-line fundraising have been featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The NonProfit Times, InternetWeek.com, Business Week Online and Direct Marketing News. In 2008, Stein was recognized for his use of social media platforms by Fast Company Magazine which listed him as one of the most influential people on the internet during the 2008 elections. His writing has been positively reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post and Atlantic Monthly Magazine.

Alec Stoll, ASTC
Principal, Stages Consultants, Highland Park, NJ

Alec Stoll, ASTC has 15 years of nationwide experience backstage and a further 18 in theatre consulting. He is internationally respected as a theatre planner and designer. Alec has played integral roles in well over 100 academic, professional and community venues as well as historic renovation and restoration projects. Alec is a past board member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants, the League of Historic American Theatres and the RCHP Affordable Housing Corporation. Alec holds an MFA in Theater Production Management from Brandeis University and a BFA in Technical Theatre from Emerson College.

Don Telford
Retired CEO of San Diego Theatres, Inc., San Diego, CA

Don Telford, retired CEO of San Diego Theatres, Inc, began his career at the San Diego Civic Theatre and Concourse in 1976, on what was supposed to be a six-month internship. Don's decades of service were under several diverse governances and employment models. In 1993, the San Diego Convention Center Corporation assumed responsibility for the Civic Theatre and Concourse. Four years later, Don was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of the Convention Center Corporation, and the enhanced responsibilities included continued oversight of the Civic Theatre. In 2003, the Convention Center Corporation created San Diego Theatres as a subsidiary 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and appointed Don as its first President. He led the start-up of this corporation, including development of board/ staff relations, mission, vision, benchmarking, personnel guidelines, reporting structures, and stakeholder relationships.

Tom Tomlinson
Project Director, Downtown Theatre District Revitalization, Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Winston-Salem, NC

Tom Tomlinson is an experienced, large theater operator with special skills in the area of association management and Board leadership as former President of the Board of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. He has served as professional director / designer / stage manager for over 100 productions in community, regional, and World's Fair productions. Tom is currently Project Director, Downtown Theatre District Revitalization, for the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in North Carolina. From March 2014 - April 2016, he was the Executive Director of the new Charleston Gaillard Center in South Carolina, which opened in Fall 2015. Until March 2014, Tom was Executive Director of the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center ("SKyPAC") in Bowling Green, KY, which opened in 2012 and consists of an 1,800-seat main performance hall, a 200-seat flexible Studio Theatre, two rehearsal halls, galleries, and an 800-seat outdoor amphitheater. SKyPAC also operates the historic Capitol Theater, which was renovated in 1981 and has an 800-seat auditorium and the Houchens Gallery. Tom is a contributor to the LHAT-CHAT and has led numerous historic theatres, including: Michigan Opera Theatre/historic Detroit Opera House in Detroit, MI (opened as the Capitol Theater in 1922); Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL (1926); Pantages Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, WA (1924); and Capitol Theatre in Yakima, WA (1902).

Kelly Updike
Executive Director, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN

Kelly Updike has been the executive director of the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, Indiana, since June 2006. One of the largest historic theaters in the state, the Embassy seats 2,471 and is a rental facility for national headliners, Broadway touring companies, private and corporate events and home to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Kelly oversees all aspects of the nonprofit theater, including facility maintenance and renovation, staff management, board and community relations and finance. Prior to joining the Embassy, she was director of communications & marketing for The Leona Group, a national charter schools management company. She also has held communications and media relations positions at Lincoln Financial Group and Fort Wayne Community Schools. Kelly is a Ball State University graduate. She serves on several local boards, including Visit Fort Wayne.

Kyle Wright, Sr.
Interactive Marketing and Analytics Manager, The Shubert Organization, New York, NY

Kyle Wright, Sr., Interactive Marketing and Analytics Manager at The Shubert Organization, works on understanding who your audience represents, one of the most important focuses for arts and entertainment. Core to nurturing future arts audiences and patrons is first understanding who is SITTING IN THE SEATS, and then focusing on good hospitality- creating stellar experiences for ALL audiences regardless of ability or background. In venue technology and data warehousing combined with appropriate social and digital marketing tools are a significant piece of the puzzle when it comes to engaging with patrons and finding new and emerging audiences. He is responsible for overseeing strategy, data-integration, analytics and partnership development for digital marketing and emerging in-venue technologies.