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Executive Leadership in the Performing Arts Program

The Executive Leadership in the Performing Arts Program supports the growth of future C-suite executives including chief executive officers, chief operating officers, chief financial officers and chief advancement/chief development officers. The program will help recognize and support the myriad qualified arts professionals who are viable candidates for senior roles positions and strengthen their capacities to lead large civic cultural organizations into the future. 

Program Design

Fellows benefit from a multifaceted and experienced-based curriculum with five interlocking components:

  • Training on leadership theory and practice;

  • Residencies-in-practice at participating performing arts centers;

  • One-on-one leadership coaching;

  • Networking opportunities; and

  • Participation in a leadership summit.

Throughout the program, the fellows will explore ways to transform anchor performing arts organizations to become more equitable, diverse, inclusive, accessible and reflective of the communities they serve. They will participate in workshops with Stanford faculty and engage with leadership of Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts, as well as its performing arts presenting organization, Stanford Live.

Each fellow will work with a dedicated coach from NAS, which has created a first-of-its-kind cohort of coaches who are arts and culture leaders themselves and have the lived experience needed to support clients working to redefine the structures, practices, and policies of the status quo; the fellows will have direct access to performing arts center CEOs in both the U.S. and Canada. Each will also receive a stipend to support their continued professional development once the program concludes.

LACNA Foundation Board

Kendra Whitlock Ingram, President and CEO 

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA

Christopher Harrington, President and CEO

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN

Josephine Ramirez, Executive Vice President

TMC Arts, The Music Center, Los Angeles, CA 

Deborah F. Rutter, President

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.

Kelley Shanley, President & CEO

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Joan Squires, President
Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha, NE

Program Design Working Group

Rebekah Boggs, Consultant
AMS Planning & Research

Gail Crider, President & CEO

Dr. Deryn Dudley, Director, Learning, Evaluation and Engagement

Kendra Ingram, President & CEO
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust


Josephine Ramirez, Executive Vice President

 TMC Arts, The Music Center

Anne Shulock, Assistant Vice President for the Arts

Stanford University

Steven Wolff, Founding Principal

AMS Planning & Research


Seed project funding for the program is provided by the performing arts centers themselves with additional support from Barbara and Amos Hostetter, Pivotal Ventures, a Melinda French Gates company, and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

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