Signature Theatre Appoints Timothy J. McClimon as Executive Director

Timothy J. McClimon Executive Director Signature Theatre (Signature) has selected Timothy J. McClimon as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). He will begin his tenure on July 1, 2022.

McClimon joins the Signature team carrying with him leadership experience at companies including Second Stage Theater—where he was Executive Director, as well as a board member for over 25 years—and American Express—where he was President of the American Express Foundation and Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility. Encompassing roles at the AT&T Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, his accomplished and respected career provided him numerous vantage points of theater nonprofits (including, over the years, Signature itself)—their vitality, and the challenges they face—both from within, and from outside as a funder.

Bringing to bear his vast experience and expertise in fundraising, marketing, and financial management, McClimon will be working alongside Artistic Director Paige Evans to advance the organization’s missions. McClimon is an adjunct professor of Performing Arts Administration at New York University and previously taught at Johns Hopkins University and Brooklyn College.

McClimon earned a bachelor of arts in English at Luther College, a master of science in counseling psychology from St. Cloud University, and a juris doctor from Georgetown University.

In making the announcement, Signature Board President Douglas E. Chittenden said, “As we sought to fill this position, we were so happy Tim emerged as the leading candidate: the work he has demonstrated at Signature during this transformative moment for theatre has been nothing short of inspiring. The decades of experience he has, with his multifaceted understanding of the nonprofit sector and his exemplary work in funding, will help Signature significantly in its support for theatre artists and their exceptional contributions to our culture.”

“Signature has a unique and important mission in the ecosystem of U.S. theatre,” said McClimon. “The playwrights Signature supports are national treasures—and deserve to be celebrated and produced in the best possible way in the best possible facility. The organization’s commitment to creating a beautiful home for playwrights that lends itself to their work is what drew me to Signature as a funder, as an audience member, and now as Executive Director. It’s an honor to continue my partnership with Paige and the Signature staff.”

“It was a great pleasure working with the search committee, board, and staff at Signature Theatre,” said ACG Vice President Geoff Chang. “ACG extends our congratulations to Timothy McClimon on his appointment to Executive Director. In this key role, we are confident that his strategic, innovative, and collaborative leadership will usher the Signature into its next chapter of vibrancy.”

June 2022

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