Executive Placements

Corey Cowart San Antonio Symphony Executive Director

San Antonio Symphony Appoints Corey Cowart as Executive Director

17:47 28 November in Executive Placements

San Antonio Symphony has selected Corey Cowart as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure on January 1, 2019. With more than a decade of experience in arts administration and institutional advancement, Mr. Cowart most recently served as Executive Director of the Amarillo Symphony. Joining in 2015, he worked with the board on a new strategic plan that expanded audience and donor bases, resulting in increased contributed income, earned revenue, and annual paid attendance. In addition to bringing significant artistic growth, Mr. Cowart established the Happy Holiday Pops concerts, commissioned major works from Amarillo Symphony’s Composer-In-Residence Chris Rogerson, and incorporated a standalone nonprofit K-12 music competition into the organization’s education initiatives. Mr. Cowart began his career at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and later served as Vice President of Development for Minnesota Opera. A Houston native, he holds a bachelor of...

Jacob G. Padrón Artistic Director Long Wharf Theatre

Long Wharf Theatre Names Jacob G. Padrón as Artistic Director

18:30 27 November in Executive Placements

Long Wharf Theatre has selected Jacob G. Padrón as Artistic Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure on February 1, 2019. Mr. Padrón combines extensive industry experience­—posts at The Public Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival—with a vision for what is possible and what is next. In 2016 he founded The Sol Project, a national theater initiative that showcases Latinx playwrights and artists of color through collaborative partnerships with leading theaters in New York and across the country, most recently with Yale Rep (El Huracán). As its Founder and Artistic Director, The Sol Project cultivated a network of Off-Broadway and regional theaters committed to building a body of work by Latinx writers for the new American theater. Mr. Padrón also recently served on the staff at WarnerMedia (HBO, Warner Bros., and Turner), where he helped lead the company’s philanthropy in...

David Lawrence Cultural Council of Palm Beach County CCPBC

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Appoints David Lawrence As President and CEO

16:40 25 September in Executive Placements

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County (CCPBC) has selected David Lawrence as President and CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on August 20, 2018. For nearly two decades Mr. Lawrence has held various roles at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, serving as president and CEO for the last nine years. In this role, he led a professional staff in the areas of marketing, grants, programs, services, fund development, public art, arts education, and advocacy efforts. With the board, he developed and implemented the organization's strategic plan, citywide cultural tourism planning efforts, and new cultural investment strategies. He has led 46 for XLVI (46 murals painted throughout the city of Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI), Vibrant Corridors (murals painted on the walls of railroad and highway underpasses), and a number of nationally acclaimed, ground-breaking artist fellowship programs. Mr. Lawrence also partnered with...

Lars Hasselblad Torres Artisan's Asylum

Artisan’s Asylum Names Lars Hasselblad Torres As Executive Director

16:46 21 September in Executive Placements

Artisan’s Asylum has selected Lars Hasselblad Torres as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on August 8, 2018. A lifelong artist, educator, entrepreneur, and public scholar, Mr. Torres has a passion for creating democratic social change through high caliber leadership, effective communication, and restless innovation. He most recently served as President and Founder of Local 64, a creativity sandbox that provides workspace, community, and creative support to Central Vermont’s independent and creative workforce. As Executive Director of The Generator in Burlington, Vermont, Mr. Torres led the organization through a five-fold fundraising and budget increase. He has also served as Director, Office of the Creative Economy for the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, seeking ways to remove barriers to economic growth for independent creatives, startups, and companies. Mr. Torres holds a Bachelor’s degree in international studies from the School for...

Joshua Fraenkel Jam Theatricals

Jam Theatricals Selects Joshua Fraenkel As Senior Marketing Director

14:04 07 September in Executive Placements

Jam Theatricals has selected Joshua Fraenkel as Senior Marketing Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He began his tenure on September 4, 2018. Mr. Fraenkel most recently served as Marketing and Communications Director at International Entertainment Consulting. In this role, he was responsible for the media, advertising, marketing, digital, social, and press planning and strategy for Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones, an 18,000-square-foot exhibit in Chicago. He has also served as Account Manager and Account Supervisor at several entertainment, arts, and culture organizations, including Type A Marketing, 87AM, SpotCo, and AKA NYC. In these various roles, Mr. Fraenkel has overseen the media, press, and marketing plans for live entertainment-based accounts, working directly with internal and external stakeholders to take strategies from planning to execution. Using a holistic approach, he has created multiple successful marketing and media strategies. Mr. Fraenkel holds a bachelor of arts degree...

Overture Center for the Arts Announces Sandra Gajic As President and CEO

Overture Center for the Arts Announces Sandra Gajic As President and CEO

01:47 01 September in Executive Placements

Overture Center for the Arts (Overture) has selected Sandra Gajic as President and CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She began her tenure on August 13, 2018 and succeeds past President and CEO Ted DeDee who retired in May 2018. With nearly 40 years of management experience in the private and public sectors, Ms. Gajic most recently served as Director of Vancouver Civic Theaters. In this role, she was responsible for the development and successful implementation of a new business model for four theaters owned and operated by the City of Vancouver. She also established stronger partnerships with resident companies, doubled revenues, and contained expenses. For 16 years she served as Operations Manager at Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. She has held additional roles as Executive Director of Shumka Dancers in Edmonton, Chief Executive Officer of Edmonton Opera, and General Manager and Interim CEO at Arts Commons...

Monica Jeffries Hazangeles Strathmore

Strathmore Names Monica Jeffries Hazangeles As President and CEO

17:20 23 August in Executive Placements

Strathmore has selected Monica Jeffries Hazangeles as President and CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on September 1, 2018. Ms. Hazangeles succeeds Strathmore Founder and CEO Eliot Pfanstiehl, who is stepping down after 37 years leading the North Bethesda culture and arts center. An arts professional for 25 years, Ms. Hazangeles first joined Strathmore in 1994 and became President in 2011. In her roles, she has helped guide the evolution of the organization into a multidisciplinary arts presenter and producer. In addition to securing $110 million in public and private funding to build the Music Center at Strathmore, she has also advanced many of the organization's programs, including the Strathmore Children’s Chorus, an annual dance competition for high school students, the Strathmore Student Concerts, and Bloom, a community arts initiative aimed at raising up local talent and creating a network...

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library NCSML Cecilia Rokusek President and CEO

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Names Cecilia Rokusek as President and CEO

17:50 17 August in Executive Placements

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) has selected Cecilia Rokusek as President and CEO, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on September 1, 2018, succeeding Gail Naughton, who has served in the role since 2002. A native Midwesterner, Ms. Rokusek has held top academic and administrative positions at numerous colleges and universities for more than four decades. She currently serves as the Provost and Chief Executive Officer at Larkin University in Miami, Florida. In addition to serving as Florida’s Slovak Honorary Consul for the past 10 years, she has established many academic affiliations with institutions in the Czech and Slovak Republics, in several other European countries, and in South Korea. Prior to her current position, Ms. Rokusek has held various roles at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Winona State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Governors State...

Karina Bharne Symphony Tacoma Executive Director

Symphony Tacoma Announces Karina Bharne As Executive Director

15:51 15 August in Executive Placements

Symphony Tacoma has selected Karina Bharne as its next Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure in September 2018. Experienced in all facets of orchestra administration, Ms. Bharne most recently held the role of Interim Executive Director with the San Antonio Symphony, where she successfully stabilized operations during a time of significant organizational change. Her other roles at the San Antonio Symphony have included Vice President/General Manager and Director of Orchestra Personnel. Ms. Bharne’s professional experience also includes leadership roles at various arts organizations throughout the United States and Canada, including the Goh Ballet in Vancouver, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Ms. Bharne is an active volunteer with Spay Neuter Inject Protect San Antonio, an organization dedicated to helping create a sustainable animal population. A trained musician, she holds...

Gabriella Sanna Director of The Rivers School Conservatory Chair of The Rivers School Performing Arts Department

Gabriella Sanna Named As Director of The Rivers School Conservatory and Chair of The Rivers School Performing Arts Department

22:03 02 August in Executive Placements

The Rivers School and The Rivers School Conservatory (RSC) have selected Gabriella Sanna as Director of the Conservatory and Chair of Rivers’ Performing Arts Department, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). Returning to the Rivers community, Ms. Sanna previously held various roles at RSC, including Chamber Music Department Chair, Registrar, and private piano instructor. She began her new role with Rivers and RSC on August 1, 2018. Deeply committed to music performance and music education, Ms. Sanna has nearly two decades of experience in arts administration. She most recently served as Executive Director at Project STEP, which provides rigorous string training, performance opportunities, and family support for children from underrepresented communities in the Greater Boston area. For six years she held the role of Executive Director  at the Dedham School of Music, where she exponentially increased enrollment and developed an array of outreach and educational programs....

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