FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2021
Contact: Amanda Bertone
(888) 234.4236 Ext. 219
BOSTON — Arts Consulting Group (ACG), the leading provider of hands-on management consulting services to the arts and culture industry, today announced that Dámaso Rodríguez has joined the firm as Vice President within the Planning & Capacity Building area. Based in Portland, Oregon, he has worked as a producer, director, educator, and arts administrator at theaters and universities, bringing more than 20 years of experience as an arts leader at both start-up organizations and venerable institutions across the United States.
Rodríguez spent nine seasons as Artistic Director at Artists Repertory Theatre, where he established new artistic programs and guided the 40-year-old organization through many periods of transition, including the property sale and facilities planning process for a $32 million redevelopment of the theater’s downtown home. Under his leadership, Artists Rep joined the League of Resident Theatres, produced more than 60 shows and events, and pivoted to digital productions during the pandemic. He established a new works development program as well as a resident artists initiative involving nearly 40 diverse artists across theatrical disciplines. Rodríguez also developed ArtsHub, an organizational residency and resource-sharing program, and the DNA: Oxygen program, which works to transform the company into a theater rooted in anti-racist, anti-bias practices.
Rodríguez has served as Associate Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse and Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Los Angeles' Furious Theatre Company. With more than 100 production credits to his name, he has produced and directed new and classic plays at prominent regional theaters such as Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, Boston Court Pasadena, Intiman Theatre, New Dramatists, The New Harmony Project, A Noise Within, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights' Center, Seattle Rep, and South Coast Repertory.
In making the announcement, ACG Senior Vice President Douglas Clayton said, “We are honored to add Dámaso Rodríguez to the ACG team and to have an experienced leader of his caliber. His extensive managerial background and deep experience as an artistic leader will be very valuable in supporting arts and culture organizations with the complex challenges of strategic planning, capacity building, hiring new leaders, and other services. His leadership experience and dedication to the field puts Rodríguez on the front lines of our changing industries and his combination of effective experience and understanding of change will be invaluable in his work with ACG.”
“I am energized by the opportunity join this dynamically talented team at ACG to serve cultural institutions throughout North America, and especially near my home in the Pacific Northwest,” said Rodríguez. “I’ve spent 20 years working steadily to advance the missions of the organizations I was lucky enough to lead. I view the role of consultant as a privilege. It is the chance to play a supporting role in empowering and championing the work of other arts leaders and colleagues as they strive to overcome challenges, embrace opportunities, or fulfill shared visions for the betterment of their communities and the ongoing transformation of the arts and culture field.”
In addition to serving on the faculty at Columbia College in California and Portland Actors Conservatory, Rodríguez Rodriguez has guest lectured at numerous institutions of higher education, including Occidental College, Texas A&M University, University of Portland, Willamette University, Portland State University, Point Park University, University of Texas at Austin-Los Angeles Program, and University of Southern California’s master of fine arts in dramatic writing program. A member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and two-time grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, Rodríguez has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, NAACP Theatre Award, LA Weekly Theatre Award, Back Stage Garland Award, Stage Scene Los Angeles Award, and Pasadena Arts Council Gold Crown Award. Fluent in Spanish, he has served as a Theatre Communications Group Delegate to the Havana International Theatre Festival and as a guest of Spain’s Ministry of Culture for the Ibero-American Theatre Forum. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in theatre arts from Texas A&M University.
About Arts Consulting Group
ACG is the leading provider of hands-on interim management, executive search, revenue enhancement, strategic planning & community engagement, facilities & program planning, and other capacity building services for the arts and culture industry. Founded in 1997, ACG is a full-service firm that effectively works with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, universities, government agencies, and for-profit entities that operate in the creative industries. The firm takes a contemporary approach to client challenges and opportunities focused on growing institutions, advancing arts and culture, and enhancing communities. ACG team members have leadership experience in every artistic and cultural discipline and they seamlessly adapt to clients’ rapidly changing strategies, business models, and operating environments. The firm currently has locations in Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit ArtsConsulting.com or contact info@ArtsConsulting.com or (888) 234.4236.