Heather M. Kitchen
Halifax & San Francisco
Halifax & San Francisco
Financial analysis and atrategy
Institutional capacity building
Heather M. Kitchen is a theatre administrator with more than 40 years of professional experience. She specializes in strategic and program planning, fundraising, financial analysis, board development, and union negotiations. Throughout her illustrious career, Ms. Kitchen has led several performing arts organizations in Canada and the United States, as well as having had a noted international career in production and stage management.
Ms. Kitchen held the position of general manager of the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton for four seasons. Working with general director Robin Phillips, she oversaw the management of the company that annually produced up to 14 plays, an International Children’s Festival, a Teen Festival, and the school programs in its five-theatre complex.
As production manager at Theatre New Brunswick in Fredericton for four seasons, Ms. Kitchen reduced production costs by 30 percent. She worked in stage management for 15 years in many of the major regional theatres across Canada, including six seasons at the Stratford Festival, five seasons with The Neptune Theatre, and four seasons at Canadian Stage Company.
“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 the organization is essential to achieving a healthy balance. Once these key factors are in place, the organization can be positioned as a productive solution to the greatest needs in a community rather than a competing priority.”
Most recently, Ms. Kitchen was managing director of the Dallas Theater Center in Texas, where she grew its budget of $7.5 million to more than $12 million and successfully completed a $13.1 million capital campaign. Previously as executive director at the 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. Additionally, Ms. Kitchen was instrumental in the further development of the famed Conservatory at A.C.T. and its top five ranked MFA program.
Ms. Kitchen is a noted teacher of stage, production, and theatre management, having taught and guest lectured at more than 20 universities and colleges throughout Canada and the United States, including Ryerson University, the Universities of Waterloo, Western Ontario, Guelph, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, Stanford University, and University of California Berkeley, among others.
Ms. Kitchen holds an honours BA in drama and theatre arts from the University of Waterloo and an MBA 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
Canadian Stage Company
Dallas Theater Center
The Citadel Theatre
The Neptune Theatre
Presidio Graduate School
Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo
The Stratford Festival
Theatre New Brunswick
The University of Western Ontario
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