Heather M. Kitchen
Halifax & San Francisco
Halifax & San Francisco
Financial analysis and atrategy
Institutional capacity building
Heather M. Kitchen is a theater administrator with more than 40 years of professional experience, specializing in strategic and program planning, fundraising, financial analysis, board development, and union negotiations. During her illustrious career, Ms. Kitchen has led several performing arts organizations in both the United States and Canada. She has also had a noted international career in production and stage management.
Prior to joining ACG, Ms. Kitchen served as Managing Director of Dallas Theater Center (DTC) for five seasons. While at DTC, the theater grew its budget of $7.5 million to more than $12 million and successfully completed a $13.1 million capital campaign, helping solidify the organization as a leading player in the American regional theater movement. As Executive Director of American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco for 14 seasons, Ms. Kitchen grew the organization’s budget from $11 million to $20 million and eliminated $2.6 million in debt and deficit. She also led the first ever endowment campaign to strengthen A.C.T.’s financial position, allowing an expansion of its artistic goals and achieving $31 million in support. Ms. Kitchen was instrumental in the further development of the famed Conservatory at A.C.T. and its top five ranked Master of Fine Arts program.
“A balance of excellence in programming, sustainability of resources, and adherence to core values provide the foundation of vigorous nonprofit arts and culture organizations.”
“A strong partnership between the programmatic, financial, and trustee leadership within an organization is essential to achieving a healthy balance. Once these key factors are in place, an organization can be positioned as a productive solution to the greatest needs in a community rather than a competing priority.”
Ms. Kitchen held the position of General Manager of the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta for four seasons. Working with General Director Robin Phillips, she oversaw the management of the company, which annually produced up to 14 plays, an International Children’s Festival, a Teen Festival, and the school programs in its five-theater complex. As Production Manager at Theatre New Brunswick, Ms. Kitchen reduced production costs by 30 percent. She worked in stage management for 15 years in many of the major regional theaters across Canada, including six seasons at the Stratford Festival, five seasons with The Neptune Theatre, and four seasons at Canadian Stage Company.
Ms. Kitchen is a noted teacher of stage, production, and theater management, having taught and guest lectured at more than 20 universities and colleges throughout Canada and the United States, including Stanford University, Ryerson University, University of California Berkeley, and the Universities of Waterloo, Western Ontario, Guelph, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, among others. Ms. Kitchen holds an honours bachelor of arts degree in drama and theatre arts from the University of Waterloo and a master of business administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Ms. Kitchen’s professional and client work includes:
American Conservatory Theater
Bay Area Theatresports
The Citadel Theatre
Dallas Theater Center
Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
Theatre New Brunswick
The University of Western Ontario
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