Photography by Liza Voll

Bruce D. Thibodeau, DBA


Boston & Toronto

292 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2801

52 Church Street, Suite 217
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2B5
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 201

Founding ACG in 1997, Dr. Bruce D. Thibodeau (he/him/his or she/her/hers) provides strategic oversight of the firm’s Leadership Transitions, Revenue Enhancement, and Planning & Capacity Building areas. As President, he has guided hundreds of nonprofit, university, and government clients in effective executive searches, cultural facilities planning, fundraising and marketing assessments, strategic planning and business assessments, and board governance. Dr. Thibodeau is committed to a more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible arts and culture sector and to the vibrancy of the communities served by these organizations.

Dr. Thibodeau has also conducted extensive research in exploration of stakeholders, nonprofit arts management, and cultural facility project management to highlight how stakeholders influence and are influenced by nonprofit arts and culture organizations. His research and client work focus on how public and private dialogues between internal and external stakeholders prompt their iterative learning, deeper social and emotional bonds, and a sense of community built around shared project goals and mutually beneficial outcomes. Dr. Thibodeau has facilitated numerous community engagement processes that have increased the public dialogue and stakeholder awareness of the arts and culture sector’s value and its impact on communities. His expertise highlights the important roles of project champions and followers as they overcome inertia and gain momentum derived from their social connections, personal commitments, and financial capacities to support the sector.

"Arts and culture experiences are born of the ideas, dreams, and passions of creativity and vision. Sustainability comes from a commitment to a better future through those experiences"

"Aligning organizational mission to the power, legitimacy, and urgency of stakeholders will inspire mutually beneficial outcomes."

"Strategies and business models give us direction but exploring our human experience through the arts gives us purpose."

Prior to founding ACG, Dr. Thibodeau held various management roles at Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. A regular guest speaker at national and international arts, culture, and academic conferences, Dr. Thibodeau’s academic presentations include the Academy of Management and Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, and publications include International Journal of Arts Management, and The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society.

Dr. Thibodeau holds a bachelor of music from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, master of business administration from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, and a doctorate of business administration from the Grenoble Ecole de Management (France). He also has multiple certifications in competencies, communications, and motivations analysis from Target Training International. Dr. Thibodeau speaks conversational French, as well as basic Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Thibodeau's ACG clients include:

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Arts Commons
Association of Performing Arts Professionals
Atlanta Ballet
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Center Theatre Group
Cincinnati Opera
Dallas Opera
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Harvard Art Museums
Long Wharf Theatre
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Museum of Latin American Art
National Art Education Association
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sarasota Orchestra
Textile Museum of Canada
Toronto Public Library
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
University of California San Diego – Stuart Collection
University of California Los Angeles – Fowler Museum
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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