Arts Administrator

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Desired salary: $64,500.00
Desired position type: Full-Time/ Part-Time/ Contract
Location: Washington District of Columbia, United States

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I am a qualified and professional creative arts administrator, with experience in art, dance, festivals, music, special events, and theatre.
An exceptionally organized manager with excellent communication skills, financial intellect and a strong ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
I have a deep appreciation and love for the vital role of the arts in the community.
It is my goal to work for a respected arts or educational organization where I can continue to make an important contribution and impact to our cultural landscape.


  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Master of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts Producing and Management
  • Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts Administration; Minor, Business Management


Professor/Production Manager/Producing Artistic Director August 1997 – April 2015
Howard University, Division of Fine Arts, Washington, District of Columbia
Program Coordinator for the Theatre Arts Administration Program, Interim Coordinator for the Dance Program and Production Manager/Producing Artistic Director for the Department of Theatre Arts’ theatrical season of plays and dance programming. Lecture and teach on the subjects of theatre arts, dance, and non-profit management. Serve on numerous committees of the University. Grant writer/fund raiser for the Department of Theatre Arts.

Chairperson/Executive Director January 2010 – Present
International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc., Washington, District of Columbia
Providing leadership to the Board of Directors, setting policy, achieving the organization’s mission, implementing strategic planning. Chair meetings of the Board and serve as an ex officio member of committees. Appoint chairpersons of committees, and help guide and mediate Board actions with respect to organizational priorities and governance concerns. Develop and monitor financial reports of the organization, and play a leading role in fundraising activities.

Executive Director September 1999 – Present
D.d.Saunders & Associates, Inc., Washington, District of Columbia
Founder/Chief Executive Officer of a comprehensive fine arts advisory firm, which offers its clients the full range of arts services in artist management, representation and production. The organization represents established, mid-career, and emerging local, national and international artists.

Manager July 2002 – October 2010
Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, Washington, District of Columbia
Manager for a 1,500 seat auditorium on the University’s Campus with $750K+ budget. Handle programming, scheduling, booking, budget, staffing of technical, box office, administrative personnel. Coordinate special events on University campus.

Gala/Production Coordinator May 2001
Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta, Georgia
Gala/Production Coordinator for the annual spring gala fundraiser, “Swing With The Stars.” Oversaw planning and implementation of fundraising events. Provided on-site coordination for gala activities, which included two celebrity golf tournaments along with any evening of performances. Coordinated PR and advertising campaign. Facilitated communication and planning with volunteers and staff.

House Manager December 1998 – May 1999
Lincoln Theatre, Washington, District of Columbia
Responsible for logistical coordination of all events at the theatre. Supervised and maintained a staff of forty volunteers. Dealt directly with the public on a daily basis while working under pressure.

Business Manager August 1997 – December 2007
The Malone Group, Inc., Washington, District of Columbia
Managed all secretarial and financial aspects of the organization, including the preparation of budgets, fundraising, filing tax forms, etc. Serve in the capacity of Business/Company Manager for the co-production of Black Nativity with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Development Events Manager/Development Associate January 1996 – July 1997
Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta, Georgia
Managed operations for the Development area, including fundraising (production, children’s theatre, general operating expenses), events management, budget functions and calendar maintenance. Assisted the Development Director with enrolling new corporate sponsors through research as well as active solicitation to reach established financial goals. Coordinator and Production Manager for the annual spring gala fundraiser, “Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett” and “A Conversation with Gregory Peck and Friends.” Maximized the income potential of fundraising and special events for the
Alliance Theatre and the Volunteer leadership to generate operating revenue. Met an established financial goal for each event. Provided on-site coordination for events. Coordinated PR and advertising campaigns for all special events. Facilitated communication and planning with volunteers and staff.
Supervised development intern. Created and managed The Leadership Circle, a gift giving program for small businesses.

Producer/Managing Director December 1994 – December 1995
Several Dancers Core, Atlanta, Georgia
Responsible for all financial aspects and management of the organization’s budget. Produced and coordinated the annual dance festival. Researched and wrote grants for funding of all programming, presentations and initiatives. Supervised staff of three.


  • Internet
  • Web Design and Webmaster
  • HTML
  • Ticketmaster
  • Vendini
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Quicken
  • QuickBooks
  • Data Entry
  • Calendar programs
  • Artist Management and Representation
  • Production and Producing Management
  • Grant writing/Fund raising
  • Event Planning
  • Singing
  • Acting
  • Dancing
  • Visual Arts
  • Theatre
  • Music

Groups & Associations

    Actors' Equity Association, Board of Trustees Member International Association of Blacks in Dance, Chairperson Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Member Black Theatre Network (BTN), Member Dance/USA

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