Speaker Bios

Virtual Education Speaker Bios

The League's National Conference Education Program includes 13 sessions on reopening, technology, diversity, and insurance along with important reopening best practices from around the nation, offering something for everyone.

All Education Sessions are presented virtually.

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Last Updated 07.08.2021


Steve Adelman

Steve Adelman
Vice President
Event Safety Alliance &
Attorney
Adelman Law Group, PLLC, Scottsdale, AZ

Steve Adelman is Vice President for the Event Safety Alliance and head of Adelman Law Group in Scottsdale, Arizona. His law practice focuses on risk management and litigation regarding live events throughout North America, and he also serves as an expert witness in crowd-related lawsuits. Steve Adelman is widely recognized as an authority on event safety and security. He writes the monthly “Adelman on Venues” newsletter, teaches “Risk Management in Venues” at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and he frequently appears in national and local media for analysis of safety and security incidents at public accommodations. Steve Adelman graduated from Boston College Law School in 1994.


Courtney Barwick

Courtney Barwick
Digital Marketing Manager
Rockhouse Partners/Etix

Courtney Barwick is an experienced marketing professional with a demonstrated history of working in the events and ticketing industry. She’s passionate about analyzing results to drive marketing strategies. As a Digital Marketing Manager at Rockhouse Partners, Courtney works with Etix clients one-on-one to develop data-driven strategies across different marketing channels to help them promote their events.


John Bell

John Bell
President & 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 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.


Robert Bull, Jr.

Robert (Rob) Bull, Jr.
President
The Compass Group, Inc., Alexandria, VA

Robert Bull serves as president of The Compass Group, guiding the company’s exceptional consulting services and driving strategic growth and development. Robert's career spans more than two decades of fundraising consultation, resulting in more than $1 billion in philanthropic gifts across the sectors of conservation, healthcare, arts, and education. Robert’s impact through fundraising extends beyond client service into education, teaching individuals and institutions next-level success through his dynamic speaking, presenting, and lecturing in the classroom and beyond.

Robert holds a M.S. in Organizational Leadership and Management from Antioch University New England and a B.A. in Theatre and Arts Administration from Goucher College. He is pursuing a PhD at Antioch University in the Graduate School of Leadership and Change.


Deb Clapp

Deb Clapp
Executive Director
League of Chicago Theatres, Chicago, IL

Deb Clapp joined the League of Chicago Theatres as their Executive Director in July of 2008. Since that time the League has increased its earned and contributed revenue many times over and increased its scope of programming to include a robust professional development program as well as large scale promotional programs. In collaboration with the League team and partners across the city of Chicago, Deb has been responsible for the creation and successful implementation of any number of successful initiatives that accomplish the League’s mission of ensuring that theatre in Chicago continues to thrive. Especially notable projects include: the Chicago August Wilson Monologue Competition; Chicago Theatre Week; The Year of Chicago Theatre (2019); and three new granting programs. Prior to the League Deb worked in management positions at Goodman Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and Hartford Stage. Deb has has served as a grant panelist for many grant making organizations and as a judge for the National Women’s Hall of Fame induction in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2021. She has written several articles for American Theatre Magazine about women founders in the American Theatre. She previously served on the board of directors for Double Edge Theatre in western Massachusetts. Deb is the proud recipient of the 2014 Corona Award from Eclipse Theatre for her service to small and mid-sized companies in Chicago.


Michael DiBlasi, ASTC, IALD

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

Michael DiBlasi is a partner and principal designer of Schuler Shook and has been an integral part of the firm since its inception 34 years ago. Michael’s background includes lighting design for dance, opera, theatre and special events, which provide a strong basis for his theatre consulting work. This hands-on understanding of the requirements for performance venues, including technical, functional and aesthetic issues, is an invaluable resource when renovating or designing a new performance space for professional and educational facilities.


Molly Fortune

Molly Fortune
Executive Director
Newberry Opera House, Newberry, SC

Molly Fortune is currently the Executive Director at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, South Carolina. She has held this position since September 2015 where she is a leader for a world-renowned performing arts center. She leads a staff that oversees ticketing, programming, marketing, operations and patron engagement. She strongly believes that historic buildings provide a window or door for economic development and revitalization of America’s downtowns.

In the previous 3 years, the Newberry Opera House has been a leader in events not necessarily produced on the stage. Under her leadership the Opera House hosted NASA and a 3 day STEAM camp leading up to the total eclipse on August 21, 2017. This event brought in over 25,000 people to downtown and another 50,000 to the county for the events. The Opera House worked with NASA to be named a NASA Designated City for the event and was the only location in the path of totality to have an Astronaut call the eclipse. During December 2018, the Smithsonian hosted a tour exhibition in the lobby of the Opera House focused on Rural Communities at a Crossroads. Prior to these two events, she has worked with the Newberry Opera House Foundation to reorganize and become a strong force in nonprofit work for the Midlands. The Opera House continues to think outside the box for programming and community engagement.

Prior to her work in Newberry she held the position of Director of Restoration and Operations at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. And even before her work at the Fox Theatre, Molly was employed by the Department of Defense as a Cultural Resource Specialist in Historic Preservation and Programming for two military installations in the Southeast.

Molly received her BFA in Interior Design from Converse College with a minor in Physics; received an MFA in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design Summa Cum Laude with Distinction. Molly is married to LTC (ret) Christopher Kemper and has two daughters and four dogs.


Dan Friedman

Dan Friedman
Director of Development
Bedford Playhouse, Bedford, NY

Dan Friedman is a lifelong film fanatic who takes time off from watching movies to serve as Director of Development & Programming for Bedford Playhouse. As the original employee of the Playhouse since its infancy, Dan oversees fundraising, memberships, sponsorships, and the varied and dynamic programming that is inherent in the organization’s mission. He has worked with and for non-profit arts organizations of all sizes and disciplines for over 15 years, including as Director of Development for the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY from 2012-2015 and the Villa Maria School in Stamford, CT from 2008-2012. Dan also volunteers with local community theaters whenever his schedule permits. Choosing his favorite movie is similar to choosing his favorite child -- but at the top are "Sunset Boulevard", "The Man Who Would Be King", and "Duck Soup".


Rosemary Gill

Rosemary Gill
Executive Director
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bradford, MA

Rosemary Gill is Executive Director at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center (The Z), a historic theater in downtown New Bedford, MA. She is responsible for all aspects of The Z’s programming, management, and operations and leads the organization’s strategic direction.

She has worked at The Z since 2007, initially as Assistant Director and Director of Education until her promotion to Executive Director in 2013.

Her work in presenting and the development of community and arts education programming has been recognized nationally by the NEA, the Foundation for Luso-American Development, NEFA, among others. Rosemary received the Brotherhood Award from the Prince Henry Society for her leadership in developing Viva Portugal, a free downtown festival celebrating the arts and culture of Portugal, was honored by the Dartmouth School Music Association for her commitment to arts education and was recognized by the City of New Bedford’s Human Relations Commission for her commitment to upholding dignity and justice for all.


Lynn Battle Green

Lynn Battle Green
Managing Director
Morton Theatre, Athens, GA

Lynn Battle Green is the Managing Director of the Morton Theatre in Athens, Georgia where she supervises the municipally owned theatre’s rental operation, and Athens Creative Theatre, a community theatre program. As a graduate of the University of Georgia, Lynn was active in the Theatre Department and the student-run Black Theatrical Ensemble. There she gained experience as an actor, production director, stage manager, artistic director, and PR coordinator. Her professional career includes managing social, corporate, private, and civic special events. This includes stints supervising hospitality staff for the UGA Athletic Association for football and 1996 Centennial Olympic games, and as a certified wedding planner. For nearly two decades, Mrs. Green has served at the Morton Theatre in several capacities: performer, volunteer coordinator, board member, and on staff as the box office manager, rental coordinator, and supervisor. Lynn represents the facility on several community boards and committees, and as a guest lecturer.


Becky Hancock

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

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 220 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 entertained more than 2.4 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 has loved LHAT since her first conference in Miami in 2003. A 1996 University of Tennessee alum, Becky completed a year in Leadership Knoxville in 2006, and she is an active member of the Executive Women's Association and Tennesseans for the Arts. She also currently serves on the board of Visit Knoxville. She spends her free time cooking, renovating her historic home, and making music with her husband and friends.


Laura Kratt

Laura Kratt
Executive Director
Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, Boone, NC

Laura Kratt is seasoned arts administrator with over 20 years of experience in the arts presenting and producing field. In 2018, she became the first Executive Director of the Appalachian Theatre managing its historically sensitive $8 million renovation and grand reopening in the heart of downtown Boone, N.C. Past senior leadership positions include managing two National Historic Landmark theatres, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the State Theatre of Georgia-The Springer Opera House. She served as owner’s representative to the construction team and fundraiser for historic theatre renovation projects totaling over $20 million in during her career. Classically trained in piano and voice, Kratt is a graduate of Wake Forest University in History and Music and pursued Arts Management Masters Degree studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She currently serves on the Conference Committee for the Association for Performing Arts Professionals and the N.C. Presenters Consortium Board of Directors.


Allison Larena

Allison Larena
President & CEO
Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ

Allison Larena, President and CEO of the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) since 2002, has over thirty years of experience in theatre management. Ms. Larena has been instrumental in transforming MPAC into a world class performing arts center and growing the theatre’s annual operating budget from $1.5 million to $14 million. Over the past two decades, Ms. Larena spearheaded multiple fundraising campaigns and capital improvement projects to expand and upgrade the venue, built in 1937, into a state-of-the art facility. Today, MPAC welcomes more than 240,000 patrons to 250 events annually, serves more than 40,000 children through education and outreach programs and has an economic impact of $15 million.


Rebecca Madding

Rebecca Madding
Executive Director
Maiden Alley Cinema, Paducah, KY

Rebecca Madding is the Executive Director of Maiden Alley Cinema (MAC) in Paducah, Kentucky, the only arthouse cinema in the western Kentucky region, specializing in independent, documentary, and foreign film, as well as cult classics. The theater also serves as a live music and performance venue. Rebecca became the Executive Director of MAC in March of 2020. Rebecca is a native of Aberdeen, Ohio and a graduate of Murray State University. MAC is the host of the River's Edge International Film Festival, 48 Hour Film Project, and Cinema Systers Film Festival.


Keryl McCord

Keryl McCord
President & CEO
Equity Quotient

Keryl McCord is President and CEO of Equity Quotient (EQ), a national consulting firm dedicated to transforming the arts through the lens of erasing racism to achieve cultural equity. Ms. McCord founded EQ after more than thirty years in the arts with organizations such as Alternate ROOTS, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the African Grove Institute for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. McCord recently retired as Director of Operations from Alternate ROOTS.


Philip Morris

Philip Morris
CEO
Proctors, Schenectady, NY

Philip Morris is the CEO of Proctors, the performing arts center of the Capital Region located in Schenectady, NY, and of downtown Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre (theREP), a professional, not-for-profit theater which is the regions only member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), and Universal Preservation Hall (UPH) in Saratoga Springs.

Previously, Mr. Morris served for 25 years as the Executive Director of the Arts Council for Chautauqua County. There, he established The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum and Festival of New Comedy, created The Robert H. Jackson Center for Justice, renovated a 1,300-seat theater and a dozen other properties in downtown Jamestown, NY for new cultural uses ranging from a student jazz sound stage to live-work spaces for artists.

Mr. Morris became the CEO of Proctors in 2002 and continued his focus on cultivating both the arts and the community. During his tenure Proctors has raised and invested nearly $50 million to expand its stage, increase public spaces, create conference facilities, and add the GE Theatre, a 430-seat multi-purpose ‘black box’ theatre. A central heating & chilling plant was also built, which serves a dozen neighboring buildings and businesses while simultaneously creating a snowmelt system under the sidewalks around Proctors’ block thereby helping all the buildings save money and substantially reducing their carbon footprint. Recently, Proctors added a third-floor renovation, the Addy, with an 80-seat training theater and video and orchestral education facilities.

Proctors has been pivotal to downtown Schenectady’s redevelopment and is now open nearly every day of the year with music, theatre, dance, films, conventions & meetings, community activities, a winter green market, and major Broadway touring shows. The educational programs at Proctors and theREP touch over 75,000 young people a year with programs in schools, in the theatres, and through a robust summer school. With a comprehensive vision to impact the region’s education, economic development, and civic engagement Proctors, theREP and UPH are at the cutting edge of the intersection of the arts and public life.


Björn Olsson

Björn Olsson
Executive Director
Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY

Björn Olsson spent the first couple of decades of his career as a professional singer and actor, in his native Sweden as well as in Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and the US. He and his wife Karina began volunteering at the Tarrytown Music Hall in the early aughts, her parents had saved it from the wrecking ball a few decades prior. They have since built the historic theater into a nationally recognized performing arts venue, as well as a popular community stage for recitals, film and local fundraisers. Being a member of LHAT has been an indispensable resource in putting it all together. With over 200 events and over 95,000 visitors, the 843 seat theater, once considered a “white elephant”, the Music Hall is now an indispensable destination, employer and economic driver for Westchester County. When not tearing out his hair about how to best get his beloved Music Hall ready for another 135 or so years, he is doing it to keep up with his two young daughters. “We are blessed to not be likely to run out of challenges for the foreseeable future!”


Kim Pevia

Kim Pevia
Equity Quotient

Kim Pevia is an experienced life strategist, an engaging keynote speaker, and a uniquely skilled experiential style transformational workshop facilitator. K.A.P., Inner Prizes, specializes in identifying and addressing the issues that can keep us stuck by continually developing a personalized toolbox to help us hurdle over them. Her favorite work is done in circles. Diversity of favorite topics include Emotional intelligence, Gifts of Conflict, Impacts of Historical Trauma, Cultural Healing, Innocuous Nature of Fear. Proud member of the Lumbee Nation. Pronouns: she, her, hers


Christine Sandin

Christine Sandin
Executive & Artistic Director
Sunset Cultural Center & Forest Theater, Carmel, CA

Christine Sandin is currently the executive & artistic director of the Sunset Cultural Center and outdoor Forest Theater in iconic Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She has worked in both the performing arts and venue management field for nearly thirty years, both in nonprofit and commercial ventures. Her past titles include festival director & talent buyer for a 3-day, 3-stage blues festival with over 10,000 attendees; sales & marketing director for the 6,000-seat Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, New Hampshire; and artist manager for various musical acts. Christine is a 1989 graduate of Babson College (Wellesley, MA) entrepreneurship program, with a major concentration in marketing. Christine’s business plans have been published in college textbooks such as The Start-Up Guide by David H. Bangs, Jr., and she frequently serves as an industry panelist for organizations like the San Antonio Arts Commission and Turnaround Arts (Kennedy Center).


Kyle Schneider

Kyle Schneider
Operating & Producing Manager
Raue Center for the Arts, Crystal Lake, IL

Kyle Schneider brings a wide range of educational and administrative experience to his Producing and Operations Manager at Raue Center for the Arts. As part of the core producing team at Raue Center, Kyle helps maintain the educational, theatre, and performing art programs and can often be found at the theater, ensuring the best possible audience experience and staff working environment. Before his current position, Kyle studied audio engineering and design, serving as the Sound Supervisor and Production Coordinator and being the in-house sound designer for Williams Street Repertory.


Michael Schnoering, FAIA

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

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.

Mr. Schnoering holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and is a Registered Architect in 15 states and the District of Columbia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the League of Historic American Theatres, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and the Cultural Access Network (CAN) of New Jersey. He is the author of numerous articles on the process of theater planning and is a consistent presenter at LHAT and CAN events.


Stephanie Silverman

Stephanie Silverman
Executive Director
Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN

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 recently 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 and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Silverman is the immediate past chair of the board of the League of Historic American Theatres and been active with the Art House Convergence since its early days. The Nashville Scene recognized her as Nashvillian of the Year in 2016. Silverman is married to electric violinist Tracy Silverman.


Darlene (Dee) Smolik

Darlene (Dee) Smolik
President
Plymouth Soundings LLC, Lenoir City, TN

Darlene (Dee) Smolik, President of Plymouth Soundings, LLC, is a Tax Credit Consultant helping clients “navigate” Historic and New Markets Tax Credit financing. She specializes in nonprofit and quasi-governmental projects.

Dee is a licensed CPA with 35 years of project development experience using a variety of funding sources and including multiple theatre rehabilitations. Dee provides customized service in all aspects of financing, accounting, reporting, and compliance from project inception through investor exit after the compliance period to maximize the value and effectiveness of the Historic Tax Credits for each client.

Dee acted as construction project coordinator, owner’s representative, and financial manager for the $30+ million rehabilitation of the Historic Tennessee Theatre. Some of her completed Performing Arts Center clients include Proctor’s, Clemens Center, Adler, Fox (Spokane), Stanley, Ulster Performing Arts Center, Universal Preservation Hall, and the REP. Several other projects, including the Holly Theatre in Medford, Oregon, are in progress.


Maddie Snider

Maddie Snider
Marketing Services Manager
Rockhouse Partners/Etix

Maddie Snider is the Marketing Services Manager at Rockhouse Partners, the in-house digital marketing agency for Etix. A graduate of the North Carolina State Poole College of Management, Maddie came to Etix in the summer of 2018. In 2021, Maddie was promoted to her current role overseeing marketing strategies for dozens of clients across multiple industries and verticals. Maddie specializes in event life cycle marketing and ticket sales strategies.


Ken Stein

Ken Stein
President and 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
Partner
Stages Consultants, Highland Park, NJ

Alec Stoll is internationally respected as a theatre planner and designer, and has worked as a theatre consultant for more than 20 years. He has played integral roles in the programming, planning, design, and construction of well over 250 academic, professional and community venues as well as historic renovation and restoration projects.

Alec’s current historic projects include the Colonial Theatre in Keene, NH; the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, TN; and the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA. He holds a BFA in Technical Theatre from Emerson College and an MFA in Theatre Production Management from Brandeis University. For more information about our historic theatre expertise, visit our website.


Jennifer Tankleff

Jennifer Tankleff
President & Co-Owner
IWEISS, Fairview, NJ

Jennifer Tankleff is the President and Co-Owner of IWEISS. Since joining the company in 1994, Jennifer has worked on over 40 restoration projects for some of the nation’s most historic theatres. Prior to becoming President, Jennifer led IWEISS’s drapery business, where she oversaw the design and installation of custom stage curtains and backdrops for over 500 Broadway shows and touring productions. As a true leader in the space, Jennifer’s unmatched passion for the arts, paired with her team-first management style, has been a key driver of IWEISS’s growth and success over the past 27 years. When she isn’t working, Jennifer can be found travelling and enjoying all types of entertainment with her husband and 8-year-old twins.


Chelsie Thompson

Chelsie Thompson
President
Renaissance Performing Arts, Mansfield, OH

Chelsie Thompson is the President of Renaissance Performing Arts. Housed in an historic 1928 theatre, the Renaissance annually presents over 55 public events ranging from touring acts, self-produced Broadway shows and professional symphony concerts, performances on the Mighty WurliTzer theatre organ, a wide variety of community events, and twelve unique education programs serving over 16,000 regional students each year. Having previously worked in positions with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA), and COSI Columbus Science Center, Ms. Thompson holds a Bachelor's in Music Performance from the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, as well as a dual MA/MBA in Arts Administration from the University of Cincinnati. She is an active member of several boards, serving as an officer for Richland Newhope Industries, United Way of Richland County, and the Capital University Alumni Advisory Board, among others, and is a 2016 recipient of her community's "10 Under 40" award.


Kelly Updike

Kelly Updike
President & CEO
Embassy Theatre Foundation, Inc., Fort Wayne, IN

Kelly Updike has been the president and CEO of the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, Indiana, since June 2006. She oversees 30+ staff and an operating budget of more than $4mm (pre-pandemic). The Embassy, a nonprofit organization, is annually listed in Pollstar’s Top Worldwide Theatres. The Embassy, built in 1928, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The organization completed a $10mm renovation project in 2016 that includes a two-story ballroom and rooftop patio. Prior to joining the Embassy, Kelly’s career was in communications, and she has worked in education and for a national insurance company. A Fort Wayne native, she is a Ball State University graduate with a major in journalism/public relations. Kelly serves as board chair of Visit Fort Wayne and is a board member of Greater Fort Wayne. Kelly and her husband Chris have two daughters and two grandchildren.


Terry VanderWell

Terry VanderWell
Senior Business Development Executive
EverGreene Architectural Arts, Inc., Chicago, IL

Terry VanderWell has been with EverGreene for over thirty years, joining the New York office in 1984 before moving to Chicago in 1997 to establish the firm’s Midwest office. Terry has extensive experience in fieldwork, which includes plaster and decorative paint restoration, as well as mural creation and conservation. While also serving as a Project Manager for EverGreene during his tenure, Terry has managed hundreds of projects – many large, multi-phased projects, including numerous historic theaters. Terry is often called upon to assist prospective clients throughout the country in developing scopes of work, budgets, scheduling, and complex project coordination.


Duncan Webb

Duncan Webb
President
Webb Management Services, Inc., New York, NY

Duncan M. Webb, President of Webb Management Services, Inc., has been a management consultant in and for the cultural sector 32 years. The firm has completed over 450 assignments throughout North America and in six other countries, delivering feasibility studies, business plans and strategic planning to governments, arts organizations, developers and educators. Recent clients include the City of Bozeman, The Zeiterion Theater, Florida Gulf Coast University, the City of Arlington TX, George Mason University and the Center for Percussive Arts.

Mr. Webb was born, raised and educated in Canada, where he received degrees in economics and business administration. He began his career as a banker, engaged in commercial, real estate and international lending. He then spent six years as a producer of commercial, industrial & experimental theatre before starting his consulting career in 1988.

Webb is on the faculty of Baruch College’s graduate program in arts administration. He is also the author of Running Theaters: Best Practices for Managers and Leaders, the second edition of which was just published by Allworth Press. He is currently on the board of INTAR Theatre in New York City and the Colorado New Play Festival.