Art and Theater Administrator/Producer

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Desired position type: Full-Time/ Part-Time/ Contract
Location: Whitehall Michigan, United States

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I recently completed a three-year stint as the manager of the Howmet Playhouse, a 97-year old historic theater in Whitehall, MI. As a one-woman department, I was responsible for working with the City of Whitehall and community members on fundraising, building maintenance, and producing a professional Summer Fine Arts Festival, among other arts events. I am still an active member of the fine arts community in West Michigan as the co-chair of the Muskegon Area Fine Arts Festival and the choreographer for the musical theater program at Western Michigan Christian High School.


St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude
May 2009
Double Major: Political Science and Communications, Media, and Theatre Concentration: Theatre Studies


Howmet Playhouse, Whitehall, MI November 2010 – November 2013
Managing Director
• Responsible for all aspects of year-round theater operations, both artistic and business: artistic direction, production, business and event management, all legal business agreements and contracts for facility rentals and outside acts, all PR, marketing, web, and social media, budgeting, building maintenance and capital projects, grant writing, and fundraising
• Managed all paperwork, records, bills, and reporting regarding theater operations
• Experienced public speaker and comfortable working with the general public in any setting
• Experienced in house and box office management and customer service; adept at navigating computer box office software, Microsoft Office, and social media technology
• Hired and managed technical and artistic staff (full time and contract) and supervised volunteer corps
• Negotiated and executed contracts for all employees and presenting artists for facility
• Achieved goal of re-branding the image of Playhouse as a professional theater by developing professionally designed programs and marketing pieces for all events with a professional graphic designer
• Tripled press recognition of the Playhouse and brought the theater into the fiscal black two fiscal years in a row
• Experienced in logistics, event planning, and execution of events of all scales

Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival, Muskegon, MI July 2010 – Present
Festival Co-Chair
• Work with festival chair to continually refine the mission and activities of the festival, as well as lead meetings and maintain communications involving all participating arts leaders from the wider community
• Sit on Publicity, Finance, and Theme committees for the festival; act as the technology chair and maintain festival website and social media presence

Western Michigan Christian High School Musical Theater Program, Muskegon, MI February 2010 – Present
Assistant Director & Stage Manager (2010- 2013); Choreographer (Present)
• Assist the musical director in all aspects of production of the yearly musical, including auditions, casting, rehearsal schedules, production meetings, direction, technical aspects, and choreography for a program consisting of 25-40 students

Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors, Muskegon, MI November 2013 – Present
Advisor Assistant
• Assist two financial advisors with client paperwork, organizing client events, and day-to-day office management

Goodwill Industries West Michigan , Muskegon, MI February 2010 – November 2010
Michigan Works! Workforce Development Center WIA/NWLB Case Manager
• Maintained a case load of over 120 No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) participants currently enrolled in training
• Prepared and presented information for program orientations and field questions from potential participants
• Provided career assessment and guidance to help job seekers find the appropriate training and career field
• Motivated participants in job search and assisted in resume and cover letter editing and job readiness skill building

Envision E.M.I., Vienna, VA September 2009 – February 2010
Faculty Advisor, National Young Leaders Forum: National Security, Law and CSI
• Guided high-achieving high school students through educational and career-based curriculum on topics of national security and law in the context of a professional conference
• Escorted students on high-profile site visits in the greater Washington, D.C area
• Ensured the well-being and safety of students during their time in Washington, D.C.


  • K-12 Theater Education (4 years)
  • K-12 Dance Education (4 years)
  • Stage Management (8 years)
  • Web Content Management (3 years)
  • Box Office Management (3 years)


    marketing, Public Speaking, Team Management, Volunteer management

Groups & Associations

    Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival

Spoken Languages


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