Speaker Bios

Tools & Techniques Session Speaker Bios

The League's National Conference Education Program includes 27 sessions on restoration, development, marketing, operations, facilities, technology, and programming along with important case studies of best practices from around the nation, offering something for everyone. Late Sunday afternoon, July 14, we will offer two "Early Bird" Intensive sessions for those who can't wait to get started. Two segments of concurrent Tools & Techniques sessions will be offered on both Monday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 16. On Wednesday, one segment of concurrent Tools & Techniques sessions will be offered.

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. Several 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.

All Education Sessions are presented at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel.

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Last Updated 07.15.19


Maureen Andersen

Maureen Andersen
CEO, INTIX, Indianapolis, IN

Maureen Andersen, CEO of INTIX, has 35-plus years of experience spanning not-for-profit, commercial arts, Broadway, regional ticketing, performing arts and colleges. She has experience that spans the ticket office, call centers, season tickets, group sales, marketing, fundraising and management.

Tyler Bates

Tyler Bates
Director of Programming, ATG North America & General Manager, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, NY

With over 15 Years of experience in live entertainment, Tyler Bates has a well versed background in event production, promotion, and venue management. After nearly 5 years as a tour accountant and a tour promoter for AEG Live in New York, Tyler moved on to work as the Director of Programming for Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY overseeing all of the non-sporting content ranging from concerts, to comedy shows, to family entertainment and beyond. After opening up Barclays Center and working there for almost 3 years, Tyler took on a position as VP of Operations and Business Development at Communion Presents North America tasked with looking after business operations in expanding Communion’s presence into new markets and venues, while overseeing the team in booking and developing young artists. Currently as the General Manager of Kings Theatre Tyler manages the day to day team in operating, programming, and marketing the venue while exploring new business ventures and partnership opportunities for Kings Theatre and other Ambassador Theatre Group venues.

John Bell

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 tiny stage with no fly capabilities, Tampa Theatre is one of the busiest historic theatres in the country. John has served on the Board of Directors of the League of Historic American Theatres, serving as LHAT's Chairman of the Board in 2014 and 2015. He is a member of the Florida Facility Managers Association, the Florida Professional Presenters Consortium, and the Tampa Cultural Executives Council. John holds a BA degree in Theatre Arts from Catawba College in North Carolina and was inducted into Catawba's Blue Masque Hall of Fame in 2012.

Brooke Bernard

Brooke Bernard
Development Director, Belcourt Theatre, Inc., Nashville, TN

Brooke Bernard joined the Belcourt Theatre's staff as their first full-time development director in 2014. Previously, she was an independent film producer whose work premiered at 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.

Robert Bull

Robert Bull
Managing Partner, The Compass Group, Baltimore, MD

Robert (Rob) Bull has over 25 years of successful fundraising experience for nonprofit organizations, both as a development officer and as a consultant. His professional fundraising skills include campaign planning and management, major gift strategy development and solicitation, volunteer leadership recruitment and development, and the art of “The Perfect Ask.” Robert also served as the Chief Development Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has worked with hundreds of museums and cultural heritage organizations, designing curriculum and facilitating workshops to build their capacity for sustainability. Robert is an exceptional fundraising strategist, having helped hundreds of organizations raise over $1 billion, mostly regarded for creating effective teams, motivating staff and volunteer leaders, and solving some of the most complex problems facing nonprofit organizations. As a frequent speaker and facilitator at regional and national conferences, Robert's style is described as “the professor’s classroom where you want to sit up front and take notes!”

Shane E. Burkett

Shane E. Burkett
Director, Strategic Marketing, Agile Ticketing Solutions, Hermitage, TN

Shane Burkett is Director of Strategic Marketing at Agile Ticketing Solutions. He has been providing marketing ideas to small and medium-sized organizations, including historic theatres, for nearly a decade. His passion for theatre and cinema goes far beyond the box-office operations and into the heart of the patron; understanding the patron's desire to connect with the stories and be a part of the inspiration that is theatre. His professional background in learning and development, legal and compliance along with a terrific sense of humor provides workshop participants with an enjoyable way to absorb a variety of subject matter.

Meredith Arms Bzdak, PhD

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

Meredith Arms Bzdak, PhD, is a partner with Mills + Schnoering Architects in Princeton, NJ. She holds a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College and a PhD in Art History from Rutgers University. As Associate Graduate Faculty at Rutgers, she has taught classes on the development of the modern American city, the preservation of the recent past, and modern Italian architecture. Meredith currently serves on the Board of Directors of Docomomo US and is a former board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). She is the author of "Public Sculpture in New Jersey; Monuments to Collective Identity."

Eugene Carr

Eugene Carr
Chief Innovation Officer, Patron Technology, New York, NY

Gene Carr, Chief Innovation Officer of Patron Technology, is an entrepreneur who has been a visionary in bringing Internet-based technology solutions to arts and cultural organizations since the early days of the consumer web. Eugene’s first technology company in 1995 was the groundbreaking national arts listing site Culturefinder.com, funded by AOL Ventures and Comcast.

Alfred Cerullo, III

Alfred Cerullo, III
SGT Board Member and CEO of the Grand Central Partnership, Lawyer, Staten Island, NY

Fred Cerullo is President/CEO of the Grand Central Partnership (GCP) and a Commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission.

Over the course of his career, Cerullo has been an elected and an appointed official, as well as a board member of many non-profit organizations. Cerullo began his career as Counsel to the Minority Leader of the New York City Council. He became one of the youngest ever New York City Councilmembers, winning his first of four consecutive elections to the New York City Council representing the South Shore and portions of the Mid-Island communities of Staten Island, while also holding the position of City Council Minority Leader.

Cerullo became one of the youngest ever New York City Commissioners when he was tapped to run the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and later became the City Commissioner of Finance, after running both agencies simultaneously for six months.

Cerullo served on the Mayoral Transition teams of Rudolph W. Giuliani and Michael R. Bloomberg as well as serving on the Mayor’s Committee on Appointments. Prior to his appointment to City Planning, Cerullo was a Member of the New York City Campaign Finance Board for more than four years, having the distinction of being the first Board Member to have participated in the landmark campaign finance program.

Presently, Fred serves on the Boards of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Foundation, The Maritime Museum, the American Museum of Natural History Planetarium Authority, the St. George Theatre Restoration, Inc. and St. John’s University School of Law Alumni Association. He is also a Board Member of the NYC BID Association and is an active member of numerous organizations citywide.

Cerullo, who resides in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island, was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Great Kills, Staten Island, and is a graduate of the New York City public school system. He received bachelor’s degrees in English and American Studies from St. John’s University. A member of the bar in New York, New Jersey, California, and Washington D.C., he earned his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. He has received numerous awards over the years, including the St. John’s University Pietas Medal and the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Medal. He also received the President’s Medal from both St. John’s University and the City University of New York College of Staten Island. Most recently Fred was named one of New York City’s “50 Over 50” by City & State Magazine, and also landed in the Top Ten of Staten Island’s Most Powerful People by the same publication.

Fred Cerullo is a member of SAG/AFTRA appearing in daytime dramas, films, movies made-for-television and cable, and has had starring roles in numerous stage productions.

Tom Clareson

Tom Clareson
Project Director, Performing Arts Readiness project, and Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services, LYRASIS, Atlanta, GA

Tom Clareson is Project Director of the Performing Arts Readiness project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help performing arts organizations nationwide learn how to protect their assets, sustain operations, and be prepared for emergencies. He also serves as Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS, consulting and teaching on preservation, disaster preparedness, digitization, digital preservation, special collections/archives, remote storage, funding, strategic planning, and advocacy for libraries, archives, and museums.

Chris Collier

Chris Collier
Renew Theaters, Doylestown, PA

Chris Collier is with Renew Theaters, Inc. a nonprofit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt, management company. Renew was created to allow the same management team to operate multiple theaters, while allowing each theater to maintain its own separate, local identity. Renew makes no profit — it is a “pass through” company that supplies the services at cost. Renew currently operates four Pennsylvania/New Jersey movie theaters: the County Theater in Doylestown, PA (since 1993), the Ambler Theater in Ambler, PA (since 2003), the Hiway Theater in Jenkintown, PA (since 2013) and the Princeton Garden Theatre in Princeton, NJ (since 2014). We also helped reopen the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in 2005 and ran its movie operations until 2009. Each of our theaters is a separate, 501c3 tax-exempt corporation. Each theater has its own local Board of Directors and its own separate finances. Renew manages each theater according to each individual mission to: Exhibit art, independent and world films; Educate the community about the film and media arts; Serve as a community and charitable resource for the arts; Preserve the historic theaters as cultural resources.

Russ Collins

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

Russ Collins is Executive Director & CEO of Michigan Theatre Foundation, which operated the Michigan and State Theatres in Ann Arbor, MI. Russ is also Founding Director of Art House Convergence.

Scott Cryer, AIA LEED AP BD+C

Scott Cryer, AIA LEED AP BD+C
Culture+Performing Arts Leader, DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky, Washington, DC

Scott Cryer, AIA LEED AP BD+C leads a team of designers who create transformative cultural and performing art spaces across the country. He is a firm believer in integrated design, including diverse voices and disciplines in the design process, and helps to build lasting relationships long after project completion.

Doreen P. Cugno

Doreen P. Cugno
Co-Founder and CEO, St. George’s Theatre, Staten Island, NY

As President and CEO, Doreen P. Cugno handles strategic planning, budgets, operations, programming, development, fundraising, maintenance and capital restoration projects. The organization has grown from 3 ladies and a dozen volunteers to a staff of 7 F/T and 100 P/T employees, over 100 volunteers, and a strong and dedicated Board of Directors.

Doreen holds a B. A. in Dance with a Minor in Music from Point Park University and had an extensive career as a dance educator/choreographer in Staten Island for over 20 years. She is the co-owner of the family business Mrs. Rosemary's Dance Studio that was established in 1959. Doreen resides in Staten Island with her husband Michael and two children, Michael-Scott and Rose.

Michael DiBlasi

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

Michael DiBlasi, ASTC, IALD is a partner and principal designer in the Minneapolis office and has been an integral part of Schuler Shook since its inception. His hands-on understanding of performance venue requirements; including technical, functional and aesthetic issues; provides an invaluable resource to the design of theatre 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.

Janet Zoubek Dickson

Janet Zoubek Dickson
Access Coordinator, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ

Janet Zoubek Dickson is the Access Coordinator for McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey. She oversees the services benefiting people with disabilities, Audio Description for people with vision loss, ASL for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, Open Captioning for people with hearing loss. She also works with several departments at the theatre to bring about sensory friendly performances for people on the autism spectrum, and those with developmental or cognitive differences. She has been an Audio Describer for over 30 years, since the service began. She also trains new audio describers and consults with other New Jersey theaters on implementing various accessibility programs. Janet is a member of the Cultural Access Network of NJ, a project of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Steven Ehrenberg

Steven Ehrenberg is Director of Production, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn; Director of Technical Production Ambassador Theatre Group, North America. Before assuming duties as Director of production at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn three years ago, Steven was the principal and owner of Eberg Stage Solutions, a firm involved in both consulting on and managing a variety of live performance productions, theatrical building renovations and new theatre construction. Steven has been involved in projects including The Colonial Theatre, Boston, The Hudson Theatre, The Kings Theatre, The Boston Opera House, The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, The Theatres at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Theatres on the Kotai Strip in Macau, The Phantom Las Vegas Theatre , The Jersey Boys theatre in the Palazzo, The Venetian Showroom, The Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Showroom, and many other projects and productions. Steven has been the Vice President of Technical Production for BASE Entertainment, The Vice President of Technical Supervision for Live Nation, Theatrical Division. Steven serves on the Entertainment Technician Certification Program council and is currently working on The Colonial Theatre in Boston for ATG.

Jon Elbaum

Jon Elbaum
Executive Director, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY

Jon Elbaum serves as the Executive Director of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Built in 1875, the Music Hall is listed in the National Register and has been in almost continuous use since that time. With 1175 seats, the hall is renowned worldwide for its acoustics and has hosted thousands of concerts by celebrated artists including Yo Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Elvis Costello, Trey Anastasio, Ella Fitzgerald, Pete Seeger, Sarah Vaughn, Wynton Marsalis, and many more. During his tenure at the hall, the number of in-house presentations has more than doubled and total ticket sales have nearly tripled. Jon also served in leadership capacities at the Ames Center in Burnsville, Minnesota and the Bridge View Center in Iowa. Jon received a BA from Grinnell College and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He is a recovering musician.

Linda Forlini

Linda Forlini
Vice President, TicketPhiladelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Linda Forlini is a respected management professional with more than 30 years of industry experience. She joined Ticket Philadelphia in 2015 and is responsible for the overall management of the organization and the various services it provides to the Kimmel Center, Inc., The Philadelphia Orchestra and other resident companies and clients.

Molly Fortune

Molly Fortune, Executive Director at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, South Carolina, strongly believes that historic buildings are key to the economic development and revitalization of America’s downtowns. The Opera House is a leader in events not produced on their stage. They hosted NASA and a three-day STEAM camp leading up to the total eclipse on August 21, 2017. This event brought over 25,000 people to downtown and another 50,000 to the county. The Opera House helped Newberry be a NASA Designated City and was the only place in the path of totality to have an Astronaut call the eclipse. Previously, Molly was the Director of Restoration and Operations at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, the only in-house theatre restoration department in the country. She was involved in the development of the Fox Theatre Institute, an outreach and consulting division. Molly received her BFA in Interior Design from Converse College and an MFA in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Summa Cum Laude with Distinction.

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Luanne Franklin
Director of Performing Arts, Lexington Center Corporation, Lexington, KY

Luanne Franklin is the Director of Performing Arts for the historic Lexington Opera House (circa 1886). She is responsible for booking and promoting national touring companies for the Broadway LIVE and Variety LIVE series at the Opera House, along with other professional artists. She works directly with local arts organizations that use the historic theatre for their home stage, as well as commercial and private rental clients. She supervises the schedule and all operations of the theatre. She is also responsible for sponsorship and development for the Broadway series. Employed by Lexington Center Corporation, Luanne is beginning her 20th year at the theater, where she also works closely with the Opera House Fund, the not-for-profit organization that offers financial support to much of the programming at the theatre.

Robert Friend

Robert Friend
VP Business Development & Consulting, PatronManager, New York, NY

Robert Friend has more than 30 years of leadership in the non-profit arts and entertainment industry and has extensive experience in strategic and financial business operations, fundraising, marketing, sales, and technology. Robert recently completed a 20-year tenure delivering the core marketing curriculum for Brooklyn College’s Graduate Training Program in Performing Arts Management.

Jeffrey Gabel

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 $3.8 million to enhance programming.

In 2016, Gabel was elected chairman of the League of Historic American Theatres, a national board on which he's served since 2011, the same year Gov. Tom Corbett appointed him to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and then Vice Chair in 2015. Before joining Gettysburg College, Gabel was Executive Director of the Portsmouth, NH 1876 Music Hall, the oldest opera house in New England. During his five-year tenure, he reversed the theater's negative financial position by increasing annual donations by $200,000, launching the Telluride by the Sea Film Festival (now celebrating its 18th year) and securing a $400,000 Save America's Treasures grant from the U.S. Department of Interior.

Gabel enjoyed a 15-year career in public television in Maine and Alaska as an award-winning quiz show host, producer, publicist, fundraiser, and station manager. His broadcasting career culminated with a seven-year appointment to the PBS national office in Washington, D.C. in 1984 where he served first as Associate Director of Cultural Programming in charge of Classical Music, and then as the national Director of Children's Programming. He is credited with helping to develop award-winning new series including Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?, The Magic School Bus, and Barney the Dinosaur. At PBS, Gabel served on national advisory and grant review panels for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment of the Arts. In 1991, Current Magazine named him "One of the 10 most important people in public broadcasting" for his role in programming the Metropolitan Opera's epic 15-hour telecast of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle.

Gabel hails from Camp Hill, PA and holds a B.A. Degree in Opera from Mansfield University. He began his show business career in 1971 just outside of Gettysburg as a clown with a small student circus and was immediately hired to tour professionally for several seasons with Hoxie Bros., the 2nd largest big top circus in America playing 300 consecutive one night stands annually. As Chuckles the Clown, he appeared as a special guest on the national television series Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood in 1986.

Melissa Geiger

Melissa Geiger
Managing Director, Aloha Performing Arts Company, Kealakekua, HI

Melissa Geiger joined the Aloha Theatre professionally in 2014, following several years of volunteer involvement in all aspects of the company. Her prior work in investment banking and real estate have proven useful in the sometimes chaotic world of non-profit theatre, where Melissa loves combining business and the arts. She feels fortunate to call Hawaii home, and enjoys exploring the Big Island with her husband and their Bernedoodle pup.

Jeff Greene

Jeff Greene
Chairman & Founder, EverGreene Architectural Arts, Brooklyn, NY

Jeff Greene and his team of designers and craftsmen have combined art, science, and technology to restore some of the country’s most significant interior spaces for over 40 years. As Founder and Chairman, Jeff has led large-scale interior conservation, restoration and new design work, and is considered one of the foremost experts in innovative techniques for restoring murals, plaster, and decorative finishes.

Becky Hancock

Becky Hancock has over 20 years' experience in the performing arts and nonprofit sectors. As Executive Director of the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation, 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 more than 2 million patrons and helped revitalize downtown Knoxville.

Becky's career began in arts administration, working in New York City for a public relations firm representing classical musicians and performing arts organizations. She moved back to her hometown in 2001 to work for AC Entertainment, managing the daily operations of Tennessee Theatre until 2007. She was actively involved in the 2005 renovation, participating in both operational/programmatic planning and assisting the Board in fundraising. Prior to her 2013 return to the Tennessee Theatre, she was Assistant Director of Knox Heritage, a preservation advocacy organization.

Becky is a graduate of Leadership Knoxville's Class of 2006, and she is a member of the Executive Women's Association and Tennesseans for the Arts. She also currently serves on the board of Visit Knoxville and Knoxville's Central Business Improvement District. She spends her free time practicing yoga, renovating her historic home, and making music with her husband and friends.

De Heaton

De Heaton
Executive Director, Corning Opera House Cultural Center, Corning, IA

De Heaton is the Executive Director of the Corning Opera House Cultural Center in rural southwest Iowa. Prior to her work for the opera house, she taught K-12 music in public and private schools. As school budgets were cutting arts programs, De began advocating for the arts. She joined the opera house board in 2008 when restoration was still a dream. This led to a career switch to promote the arts and help our small community thrive. The restoration was completed in June 2012 and De became the director. As we start our seventh year of business, De is passionate about enriching and enhancing others’ lives through the arts and community involvement. The opera house has received 2017 Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and SCORE’s 2018 National Outstanding Community Impact Award. De has a Bachelor’s in Music Education, Masters in Education and her family resides in Corning, Iowa.

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Temah Higgins
Principal, Bond Theatrical Group, New York, NY

Temah Higgins is a Principal of Bond Theatrical Group. Temah has been booking and marketing shows across North America for twenty years. Past projects include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, Edward Scissorhands, Hair, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, Matilda, Miss Saigon, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Swan Lake, and War Horse among others. She spent 9 years as the Executive Vice President at Broadway Booking Office, and prior to that served as the Vice President for Booking and Engagement Management at AWA Touring Services. She started her career at the Kennedy Center, where she was the Programming Manager for all dance, festivals, jazz and performance art. Temah is a proud member of ATPAM and The Broadway League, and is the grateful recipient of the Broadway League’s 2015 George MacPhearson Award.

Lila Honaker

Lila Honaker
Director of Marketing and Outreach, Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN

Lila Honaker has been working in the entertainment marketing industry since 2005 in the music, performing arts, and television sectors. In her current role, she is responsible for the overseeing the Tennessee Theatre brand and its marketing strategy, creating awareness for the non-profit organization and its mission, fundraising through donations, grants, and sponsorships, and developing special events, educational programming, and community partnerships. Lila has a background as a performer and arts educator and is a member of Tennesseans for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. She serves on the marketing committees for Visit Knoxville and Knox Heritage and branding committee for Knoxville’s Central Business Improvement District.

Philip Horn

Philip Horn
Advisor to the Board, Friends of the West Shore Theatre, New Cumberland, PA

Philip Horn was Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) from 1993 to 2015. He received the Sidney R. Yates Advocacy Award from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. While Program Manager for Touring and Presenting at the California Arts Council he led the first study of Presenting as an arts discipline. PCA was recognized by the Kennedy School of Government through Harvard’s Innovations in American Government competition. He received the National Accessibility Leadership Award from the NEA and VSA International for Excellence; National Leadership Award from the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts; and the Gary Young Award from National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. He has served on the national PTA board of directors. He holds an honorary doctorate from Juniata College in Pennsylvania and been recognized with a lifetime membership in the Pennsylvania PTA among many other honors.

Vincent Innocente

Vincent Innocente
Manager of Marketing and Audience Services, St. George’s Theatre, Staten Island, NY

Vincent Innocente is the Manager of Marketing and Audience Services at St. George Theatre Restoration Inc, the non-profit organization that operates the historic St. George Theatre and is dedicated to its ongoing restoration. In this role, Vincent is responsible for marketing/public relations, social media management, and customer affairs, and assists with event planning, education programs, artist relations, and fundraising initiatives.

Prior to joining St. George Theatre, Vincent served as Business Associate and Special Events Coordinator at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, where he was involved in many events, film shoots, and rentals. In 2012, he co-curated an art exhibit entitled “Island Sounds: Celebrating 500 Years of Music on Staten Island” in the Main Hall highlighting the great contributions Staten Island has made to the world of performing arts.

Vincent has been very active in his community for many years, volunteering with organizations such as the Unity Games, Major League Baseball, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, St. Roch School, St. Peter’s Boys High School, St. John’s University, and others. An accomplished musician, he performs both solo and with his band Cause and The Effects.

He is a 2016 recipient of the SIEDC 20 Under 40 Award, recognized as one of 10 Up and Comers in Staten Island in the 2018 City & State NY magazine, and is a proud member of the Executive Club of Staten Island, a network of young professionals and community leaders who share a desire to succeed.

Vincent holds a B.S. in Communication Arts and a MBA in Marketing Management from St. John’s University.

Geoffrey Kershner

Geoffrey Kershner
Executive Director, Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg, VA

Geoffrey Kershner is the Executive Director at the Academy Center of the Arts (Lynchburg, VA) and the founder of the Endstation Theatre Company. Under his leadership, Endstation was the winner of the 2012 Rising Star Award (Virginians for the Arts). In his time at the Academy Center of the Arts, the organization increased need-based scholarships for arts programming by 124% and increased the overall operating budget by approximately 200%. Geoffrey has served on Virginia Commission for the Arts (Area 2, statewide) grant review panels and was a member of the National Arts Strategies' 2014-2015 Chief Executive Cohort. Currently, he is a member of the Americans for the Arts' Emerging Leaders Council.

Brian Laline

Brian Laline
Chairman, SGT Board of Directors and Executive Editor of the Staten Island Advance, Staten Island, NY

Brian J. Laline is executive editor of the Staten Island Advance/SILive, a local Newhouse daily newspaper and website in the southernmost borough of New York. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, and a master’s degree in English with a concentration in secondary education from Wagner College on Staten Island. Laline briefly taught 10th-grade English in Philadelphia’s Frankford High School before returning to his hometown of Staten Island and beginning a 47-year journalism career. He began as a local news reporter, became a copy editor not long after, was city editor and associate editor before being named editor in 1992. He was named executive editor in 2015. Laline is deeply involved in not-for-profit and cultural institutions on Staten Island. He is chair of the board of directors of the St. George Theatre; secretary of the board of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Staten Island’s premiere cultural institution. He serves on the board of the College of Staten Island Foundation, is a member of the board of the Museum of Maritime Navigation, and had served on numerous other boards over the years such as Meals on Wheels, the YMCA, and was vice president of the Staten Island Chapter, Boy Scouts of America. He is married, the father of three and grandfather of four granddaughters.

Eric Larsen

Eric Larsen
Marquee & Specialty Design, Wagner Electric Sign Company, Midland, MI

Eric Larsen started in the sign industry at age twelve in 1978. He worked for several sign companies including national companies designing, building, installing, and maintaining signs. In 1984, he started his own sign company specializing in hand lettering and historically accurate sign design. In 1990, he started designing signs and wayfinding for theme parks, water parks, zoos, and arenas. In 1994, he won a national award for his design and manufacturing of signage at the Soaring Eagle Casino featuring two three dimensional eagles with 30' wingspans as the grand entrance. From there, Eric started designing and engineering signs and sign systems for other manufacturers of signs while doing large unique projects from his own shop. During this time Eric won several awards for design. In 2009, Eric won the International Sign Assoc. Traditional / Historic design of the year award for the State Theatre Marquee in Bay City Michigan. He competed against five thousand entries from 27 countries to win the award. In 2012, he finished in the top ten of the ISA awards for the Bohm Theatre Marquee. In 2018, Eric finished in the top ten of the ISA awards for the Temple Theatre Marquee. In 2017, Eric joined the Wagner Electric Sign team to concentrate only on theatre marquee design. Together with WESCO they have designed and built nine marquees in the past two years with seven being built this year alone. Currently they have over 14 theatres they are working with on design / build for installation beginning in 2020. Wagner Electric Sign Company has been building Historic Theatre Marquees since 1954 and has won several awards for their projects. WESCO concentrates on Historic Theatre Marquees as its main source of production and is the largest producer of Theatre Marquees in the United States. President Mark Wagner and head of production Daryl Wagner produce very high-quality marquee projects with attention to detail and boast many satisfied clients.

Steve Lurie

Steve Lurie
Founder & President, Music Without Borders, LLC, Stamford, CT

Hailed by the New York Times as “an impresario,” Steve Lurie is founder and president of Music Without Borders, LLC, a music business solutions company focused on the concert industry. MWB presents and produces concerts throughout the Northeast and US for numerous performing arts centers, festivals, charity events and private/corporate functions, including many historic theaters. With nearly 30 years of experience in the music industry, Lurie’s expertise and encyclopedic knowledge of music and artists combined with a keen understanding of consumer tastes, have helped him create a niche for himself as a much sought-after specialist.

As a concert presenter and producer, Lurie has presented over 7,000 concerts in most genres of live entertainment. With an unrivaled knowledge of the music business he has helped turn around many arts organizations.

MWB’s current roster of venues includes: Tarrytown Music Hall (Tarrytown, NY), Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy, NY), Garde Arts Center (New London, CT), Hawaii Theatre (Honolulu, HI), Landmark on Main Street (Port Washington, NY), Lebanon Opera House (Lebanon, NH), SOPAC (South Orange, NJ), Palace Theater (Stamford, CT), Palace Theater (Waterbury, CT), Tibbits Opera House (Coldwater, MI) and many other locations around the US. More info at www.MusicWithoutBorders.com.

Brandon Lyons

Brandon Lyons
Direct Sales & Relationship Manager, DonorSearch, Marriottsville, MD

Brandon Lyons is DonorSearch’s Manager of Multi-Channel Partnerships. His primary focus is to form partnerships with multi-channel marketing agencies to deliver the tools and actionable intelligence that non-profit organizations need to achieve their donor prospect identification and qualification objectives. Brandon plays an integral role in DonorSearch’s ability to offer innovative solutions to the marketplace through collaborative partnerships. Prior to joining the DonorSearch team four years ago, Brandon built his own business that continues to thrive today.

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Mollie Mann
Principal, Bond Theatrical Group, New York, NY

Mollie Mann is a Principal of Bond Theatrical Group. Mollie’s 20-year career began in her home state of Tennessee, where she assisted with press & marketing for the Broadway series at The Orpheum Theater in Memphis, followed by two years at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, where she coordinated the efforts of both the Development and Education Departments. In 2000, she moved to New York where she has spent the last 18 years as a Booking Agent, booking National tours of Beauty and the Beast, Rent, Mamma Mia, Annie, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Million Dollar Quartet, Jesus Christ Superstar, White Christmas, Cinderella, Motown and many more. Mollie was most recently Executive Vice President of Sales at The Booking Group.

Joe Markley

Joe Markley
Director, C. L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City, KS

Joe and Sheila Markley met and earned BME and MM in Vocal Performance degrees at Emporia State University. Both have been public school vocal music instructors in Kansas for 30 years teaching choirs, private voice, piano and organ. Both have served as church musicians directing adult choirs, youth choirs, and handbell choirs, serving as administrators and organist since 1976. They both teach private voice and piano lessons and Joe teaches organ. They have served as Musical Directors and Accompanists at the Great Plains Theatre in Abilene, KS, as well as the Junction City Little Theatre. They began their tenure at the C. L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City in 2014. They are Co-Directors of the Opera House. In addition, they are Co-Presidents of the KHTA, Kansas Historic Theatre Association. The C. L. Hoover Opera House was award Business of the Year in 2016 by the Junction City Chamber of Commerce.

Sheila Markley

Sheila Markley
Development Director, C. L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City, KS

Joe and Sheila Markley met and earned BME and MM in Vocal Performance degrees at Emporia State University. Both have been public school vocal music instructors in Kansas for 30 years teaching choirs, private voice, piano and organ. Both have served as church musicians directing adult choirs, youth choirs, and handbell choirs, serving as administrators and organist since 1976. They both teach private voice and piano lessons and Joe teaches organ. They have served as Musical Directors and Accompanists at the Great Plains Theatre in Abilene, KS, as well as the Junction City Little Theatre. They began their tenure at the C. L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City in 2014. They are Co-Directors of the Opera House. In addition, they are Co-Presidents of the KHTA, Kansas Historic Theatre Association. The C. L. Hoover Opera House was award Business of the Year in 2016 by the Junction City Chamber of Commerce.

Keith Marston

Keith Marston has almost 30 years' experience in theatre property management with a passion for the theatrical entertainment industry, a love of theatre history and theatre architecture and design with a working knowledge of commercial theatre in America today.

Keith has been Facilities Director with The Shubert Organization, Inc. in New York, NY since October 2001. He is involved in all matters of the department's business including working with city agencies and professional architects and engineers. He oversees all aspects of day to day maintenance and operations including the custodial and engineering departments and painting and maintenance crews. He is the chief liaison for incoming production requirements into 17 Broadway theatres and half a dozen Off-Broadway theatres, and coordinates restoration schedules for the same theatres post-production.

His project management experience includes completion of a new Tele-Charge call center space after 30 years in a previous location. He works with adjacent construction and development teams in the Times Square area, as well as with Shubert's real estate and legal departments to secure optimum conditions and protections for productions either loading-in, loading-out, or running, and he works closely with house mangers to address each theatre's needs.

Prior to serving as Facilities Director, Keith became a Project Manager with The Shubert Organization in March 1987, when he was responsible for completion of a wide variety of projects from start to finish, including full theatre renovations, seating and carpet replacements in theatres with productions in place, and multiple exterior facade restorations. He worked in cooperation with NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission on projects affecting the landmark status of Shubert Theatres. He led complete departmental renovations at Shubert's corporate offices as well as high-end buildouts for Broadway producer. He was Building Manager of the Sardi Building, which houses Shubert's corporate headquarters, The Dramatists Guild, and the renowned eatery to the stars, Sardi's Restaurant.

Prior to joining Shubert, from 1986-87 Keith was a Media Resource Service Associate for Scientists Institute for Public Information (SIPI), where he aligned academic experts with electronic and print media sources (news outlets). In 1986, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he was an apprenticed master plasterer in the creation of The Gothic Revival Room of the American Wing.

Keith has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from SUNV Purchase and an associate degree from Westchester Community College.

Vanessa Martinez

Vanessa Martinez
Theatre Services Manager, Majestic Theatre & Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, Ambassador Theatre Group Venues, San Antonio, TX

Vanessa Martinez currently serves as the Theatre Services Manager for the Majestic Theatre and the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. Vanessa leads the House Manager and Usher teams in personalized & innovative ways of guiding patrons through their venue experience. Vanessa has several years of experience working in various capacities in the performing arts industry.

John McEwen

John McEwen
Executive Director, NJ Theatre Alliance, West Orange, NJ

John McEwen serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a service organization for the state’s 33 professional theatres. The Alliance provides advocacy, technical assistance, and programming that supports collaboration among the state’s non-profit professional theatres, encourages professional theatre activities, provides a wide range of marketing and audience development initiatives, and helps member theatres in their growth and development. John is the Founder and Chairman of the Cultural Access Network of New Jersey, Vice President of ArtPRIDE, and Trustee of the New Jersey Fund for the Blind, and The School of the Arts at Montclair State University.

Ian Moore

Ian Moore
Chief Executive Officer, NuBax Limited, Hadlow, Kent, UK

Having qualified from Liverpool University with a medical degree, Ian Moore spent three years in sales and marketing in the UK Pharmaceutical industry. Awarded Top UK Sales Rep in 1984, in 1985, Ian moved to become a Financial Investment Analyst specializing in the Healthcare Industry. For 17 years he had various senior management positions in the Investment Banking Industry. In 2002, Ian joined MAN Group as a Business Consultant for start-up businesses. These varied roles led to in-depth analysis of company strategies, fund raising and corporate communications. Ian joined start-up company NuBax following its formation in 2004 and now advises start-ups and family business on strategy and Business Development. Ian holds 2 other Non-Executive Board positions, including a role with Kirwin & Simpson Theatre Seating.

Darryl Moser

Darryl Moser
Business Development Manager, DonorPerfect CRM Fundraising Software, Fort Washington, PA

Darryl Moser is currently the Business Development Manager for DonorPerfect and is responsible for growing and developing partner relationships within the DonorPerfect ecosystem. DonorPerfect's Partner Program enables independent software vendors to plan, build, and market apps and services that extend DonorPerfect’s capabilities, and create new ways for them to connect with our customers. Darryl also brings 25 years of ticketing software development and technology implementations around the globe with Gateway Ticketing Systems, serving key attraction and transportation clients. Applying appropriate levels of technology and software to enhance the guest's experience but also giving operators the necessary information and streamlined systems is the balance that is sought when helping clients architect their automation solutions.

Katie Mullins

Katie Mullins
Marketing Specialist, Rockhouse Partners, Raleigh, NC

As a Marketing Specialist for the Rockhouse team, Katie Mullins works with Etix clients to execute digital marketing strategies that prioritize ticket sales at all points of the event life cycle. She uses her live events and data-driven marketing experience to craft intentional, audience-focused campaigns for clients like the National Theatre, Richmond Ballet, Miller Theater, and Augusta Symphony. Katie joined Etix as a Training Specialist in 2015 before starting her role on the Rockhouse Partners team in 2016. Prior to Etix, she worked two summers at Live Nation as a Marketing Intern supporting the summer concert series of two Raleigh amphitheaters.

Janet Newcomb

Janet Newcomb
Executive Director, National Coalition on Arts' Preparedness and Emergency Response, Corning, NY

Prior to becoming Executive Director of National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response and the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Performing Arts Readiness Project in 2017, throughout her 30+ year career in arts management and education, Jan Newcomb directed eight arts organizations including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, four arts councils in NY and SC and a community arts center and served as Director of Grants at the SC Arts Commission. In 2009, Jan began consulting on leadership transition and development for arts organizations, including Long Wharf Theatre, Lexington Philharmonic, Miami Summer Music Festival, South Arts, and others. In 2015, she designed and was asked to direct the MA in Leadership in the Arts & Entertainment Industries Program at NYIT in Manhattan. Jan works virtually out of her home in Corning, NY and holds a BA in Music, Hood College; MA in Dance, from George Washington University.

Adam Philipson

Adam Philipson
Chief Executive Officer, Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank, NJ

Adam Philipson became the CEO and President of the Count Basie Theatre on November 1, 2012. In his six plus years at the helm of the Basie he has assisted in ushering a complete turn-around of the theatre operationally and fiscally. He is responsible for doubling the operational budget and successfully rebranding the Basie to more prominently feature its education and outreach activities and its non-profit mission as a community change agent. He has diligently aligned the Boards, staff and community around a unified vision for the future and has secured more than 80% of the Basie’s $27 million capital campaign that will add a second venue and education wing as well as making the Basie barrier free with a new lobby, elevator and outdoor plaza.

John Quick

John Quick
National Director of Sales, Vendini, Inc., San Francisco, CA

John S. Quick III is a National Director of Sales at Vendini with over a decade of successful sales experience. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace, John regularly focuses his meetings on the things we can control to assist employees with positive outcomes. John enjoys tropical vacations with his wife but can also be found on long walks with his two English Labradors.

Becky Roubos

Becky Roubos
Director of Sales, Agile Ticketing Solutions, Hermitage, TN

Becky Roubos joined Agile Ticketing Solutions in 2014. Most people know her as the Director of Sales, a role in which she spearheads client acquisition, creating and building mutually beneficial relationships with Agile’s partners. Fewer people know that she holds a master’s degree in music composition. Becky’s ability to see the individual details of a project that need to work in harmony to compose the larger picture is exactly the kind of long-game thinking that her position requires for success. When Becky isn’t working to make the business to business relationships at Agile more profitable, she enjoys relaxing at home with her husband and cat, experiencing new gastronomical delights around Nashville, and taking long, windy walks.

Numa Saisselin

Numa Saisselin
President, Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc., Jacksonville, FL

Numa Saisselin is the President of the Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc., the nonprofit corporation that manages and programs the historic Florida Theatre in downtown Jacksonville, Florida in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building. A 2,000 seat circa 1927 historic theatre presenting all forms of music, dance, theatre and film, the Florida Theatre is one of the Top 5 most attended theatres in the country under 2,000 seats according to attendance reported to Pollstar magazine.

Michael R. Schnoering, FAIA

Michael R. Schnoering, FAIA is a Partner with Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC, a full-service architectural firm with broad experience in the planning and design of new buildings and historic preservation. He manages the firm's theater projects. In his work with historic theatres, he is particularly focused on project planning, budgeting and fundraising, program development, site design, and project scheduling. He is also interested in engaging with owners and managers of mid-century Modern theatres to help them understand and enhance their newly historic buildings, and he specializes in identifying and designing integrated solutions to accessibility challenges.

Stephanie Silverman

Stephanie Silverman has been the Executive Director of the Belcourt Theatre for over a decade. The Belcourt is a three-screen non-profit film center dedicated to presenting the best in contemporary & repertory cinema alongside high quality film education programs in the theatre and throughout the community. Housed in a newly renovated and restored 1925 neighborhood theatre in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, the Belcourt has been recognized as a national model for sustainable art house theatres by its peers and industry leaders. Prior to her tenure with the Belcourt, Silverman worked for many arts organizations including the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Premiere Exhibitions (then R.M.S. Titanic, Inc.), and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Silverman is the chair of the board of the League of Historic American Theatres and is on the board of the Art House Convergence. The Nashville Scene recognized her as Nashvillian of the Year in 2016. Silverman is married to electric violinist Tracy Silverman and they live with their children in central Nashville.

Darlene (Dee) Smolik

Darlene (Dee) Smolik
President, Plymouth Soundings, LLC, Loudon, TN

Darlene (Dee) Smolik serves as President of Plymouth Soundings, LLC, a financial consulting firm "Helping Clients Navigate Tax Credit Financings," specializing in State and Federal Historic and New Markets Tax Credits for nonprofit or private "developers. Dee is a licensed CPA and has over 35 years of accounting and development experience and $900MM of closed tax credit financings as well as direct experience in theatre rehabilitations.

Dee worked as overall project coordinator, owner's representative, and financial manager (including the Tax Credit financing) for the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation from 2002 through 2005 to accomplish a $30+ million rehabilitation and reopening of the 1631 seat, 1928 Graven and Meyger designed "Grand Entertainment Palace." NTCIC, a "for-profit" subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, through the newly created Bank of America fund, provided the Tax Credit investment and guidance, the Tennessee Theatre project was the first theatre to be able to twin Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits, resulting in almost $7 million of additional equity.

Dee has extensive experience working with both nonprofit and privately held performing arts centers, several of which are members of LHAT, including the Adler in Davenport, IA, the Fox in Spokane, Proctor's in Schenectady, Stanley in Utica, Clemens Center in Elmira, NY and currently Ulster Performing Arts Center in Ulster, NY, Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs, NY, the Holly in Medford, OR, and theREP in Albany, NY. Additionally, she has provided financial consulting services to several other member theatres as they consider the potential impacts of tax credit financing on their organizations.

Dee personally provides all the Tax Credit consulting services to each client and adapts her scope to the specific needs of the situation. During a financing, Dee guides the client through the financial information requirements content and form needed, recommends candidate investors and CDEs, assists in determining best fits and deal structure, and guides/monitors due diligence process prior to closing. Dee also reviews the client's current cash flow protocols, recordkeeping systems and reporting structure to identify modifications needed to accommodate the multiple companies created from the process and the related compliance restrictions. Dee guides staff through implementation of the changes and successful execution of the compliance needs from first consideration of tax credit financing to post compliance wind down.

Dee frequently presents at the annual conference on Tax Credit projects, 990 reporting changes, and Board responsibilities in both processes, has also served as presenter for LHAT's Theatre Renovation 101 Regional Seminar, as well as presenter on individual projects at the National Conference and has written for InLeague. Currently, Dee is currently a Board Emeritus member and serves on the League's Audit Committee. She also actively participates in the Historic Tax Credits Coalition, the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, the Partnership for Jobs Creation, and the National Trust Forum, as a voice for the importance of these financing tools for Theatres, and an advocate for change in the process to better meet the needs of the Arts.

Luanne Sorrentino

Luanne Sorrentino
Co-Founder and Fundraising Efforts, St. George’s Theatre, Staten Island, NY

Luanne Sorrentinobegan her professional dance career the day after her graduation from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a Fine Arts Degree in Dance/Theatre

As a Co-Founder of St. George Theatre Restoration Inc., Luanne was the driving force, with her mom and sister, in bringing the theatre back to life after being padlocked for 30 years. As the Chief Financial Officer, she was tasked with front of house staffing and hospitality, maintenance, and fundraising.

Since 1992, Luanne has been teaching, choreographing, and managing Mrs. Rosemary’s Dance Studio. Today, she still works with the theatre’s fundraising and development efforts. Luanne resides in Staten Island with her husband Tony and is the proud step-mom to Gabriella and Alexandra.

Ken Stein

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.

Stein lives in Austin, Texas with his husband and daughter where he serves on the Board for KMFA Classical Radio and continues to volunteer for the Paramount and State.

Alec Stoll, ASTC

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.

Justin Sullivan

Justin Sullivan
Customer Experience Director, Majestic Theatre & Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, Ambassador Theatre Group Venues, San Antonio, TX

Justin Sullivan currently serves as the Customer Experience Director for the Majestic Theatre and Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. Justin leads the Theatre Services, Security, Parking, and Concessions teams in implementing the best possible guest experiences. Previously, Justin has worked with a team opening a brand new, state-of-the-art performing arts center where he served on the Front of House and Programming teams. Justin also has experiences working with grass-roots arts and cultural organizations.

Kevin Sullivan

Kevin Sullivan is a Client Executive in the National Trust Insurance Services (NTIS) division of Baltimore-based insurance agency Maury, Donnelly & Parr. NTIS is a joint venture between MDP and the National Trust for Historic Preservation which was formed in 2003 to meet the challenging insurance issues facing historic properties across this Country. In short, NTIS is a specialized insurance broker, consultant, and program administrator specifically created for the owners and stewards of historically prominent buildings (and the organizations that operate within). NTIS operates in all 50 States. As part of the NTIS team, Kevin oversees current client service and new client procurement. He is a graduate of Denison University and earned an MBA from the University of Baltimore. He also holds the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Kevin works extensively with historic theaters, often on-site, to reduce risk and properly insure operations and historic properties. Popular presenter at LHAT conferences. Maury Donnelly & Parr is an LHAT national partner.

Wendy Waszut-Barrett, PhD

Wendy Waszut-Barrett, PhD
President, Historic Stage Services LLC, Minneapolis, MN

Wendy Waszut-Barrett, PhD, is the president of Historic Stage Services LLC. She works as an historical consultant, designer and scenic artist, specializing in the restoration and replication of painted scenery for a variety of performance venues. Waszut-Barrett also teaches historical scene painting classes throughout the United States and Canada. Her main mission is to raise awareness of the significance of the painted aesthetic within the framework of theatre history. Waszut-Barrett writes daily about historic theaters, theatre manufacturers and scenic art for her blog www.drypigment.net. Recent publications include “The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple: Freemasonry, Architecture and Theatre” (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2018) and “Setting the Stage” (Marquee Q4, 2018).

Kurt Wehmann

Kurt Wehmann
Principal, Theatre Consultants Collaborative, Hudson, NY

Kurt Wehmann is Principal of Theatre Consultants Collaborative. His theatre consulting career was ignited by his interest in acting while an architecture student in Boston. Upon graduation, he moved to NYC to work at Sachs Morgan Studio where he immersed himself in the planning and design of many beloved Broadway theatres. He went on to work as an architect with Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, focusing on the design and construction of unique performing arts facilities around the country. Eventually, he began to wonder what life was like outside of the Big Apple. In 2016, he took a two-year “sabbatical” in North Carolina at which time he joined TCC; he recently returned north to a special little place called Hudson, NY.

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Seth Wenig
Executive Vice President, NETworks, Columbia, MD

Seth Wenig, Executive Vice President, oversees the producing function and the development of all of NETworks tours. He joined forces with Ken Gentry to start up NETworks Presentations as Production Manager for over 30 national tours, including Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Jekyll and Hyde, Victor Victoria starring Toni Tennille, Cinderella with Deborah Gibson and Eartha Kitt, Showboat, and Seussical The Musical with Cathy Rigby. Seth spearheaded NETworks Presentations International, moving his family to London for three years where he served as Executive Producer for Fosse starring Ben Vereen and Ruthie Henshall as well as a UK tour of The King and I. He joined forces with Cameron Mackintosh to produce the UK and US tours of My Fair Lady. This relationship would bring NETworks such titles as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon. Since returning from the UK, Seth has served as Executive Producer for Hairspray, The Producers, The Lincoln Center Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, The King and I, War Horse, A Bronx Tale and Young Frankenstein. He met his wife Tammy while doing regional theatre in Upstate NY and is most proud of his greatest productions Marlo and Camden.

Athos Zaghi

Athos Zaghi
Principal, Theatre Consultants Collaborative, Toronto, ON

Athos Zaghi is a Principal of Theatre Consultants Collaborative, He developed his passion for designing performing arts facilities in the early ‘90s while at Lett/Smith Architects, where he served as project architect for the new Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, just down the block from the ‘Royal Alex’. He subsequently spent four years as a designer with Theatre Projects before joining TCC at the firm’s inception in 2003. Athos initiates design concepts for performance spaces that effectively incorporate theatre technologies, the architect’s vision, and the acoustician’s shaping requirements.