Executive Director

Resume posted by zekewhat in Theatre.
Desired salary: $80,000.00
Desired position type: Full-Time
Location: Powell Ohio, United States

zrettman@gmail.com
Tel:
323-356-3772
Mobile:
323-356-3772

Summary

I serve as both the Executive Director for Opera Project Columbus in Columbus, OH and as the Managing Director for the Hudson Theatres in Hollywood, CA.

In just over two years with Opera Project Columbus, I have improved the creative team, expanded production values, and I have helped to expand the donor base. Grant sponsors have also increased by 40%. We are currently working on plans to incorporate more accessible performance avenues and outreach to underserved communities in Central Ohio.

As Managing Director of the Hudson Theatres for nearly 20 years, I have helped to elevate the Hudson’s status to the top small stage rental venue in Los Angeles. We strive to offer the best customer service for patrons and producers, and we continue to be the premiere venue in Los Angeles for the growth of hit shows.

Education

EDUCATION

1992-1996                                                              Columbus, OH

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre                                The Ohio State University

Experience

EXPERIENCE  

Nov 2015-Present:                                                                   Columbus, OH

Executive Director                                                          Opera Project Columbus

  •    Achieved a 50% increase in donor support
  •    Collaborated with board members to hone the company’s identity and brand
  •    Networked with local arts organizations to drive sales and visibility
  •    Expanded the design concepts and talent base
  •    Served as primary liaison with venues
  •    Created new marketing strategies and community outreach efforts
  •    Mentored stage directors and production staff
  •    Managed under budget productions while maintaining highest standards of quality

Feb 2000-Present:                                                                                Hollywood, CA

Managing Director                                                                     Hudson Theatres

  •    Increased the return rental client rate by 30%
  •    Improved the reputation and brand recognition of the company to the top 1% in the LA market
  •    Implemented an upgraded system for front of house communications
  •    Elevated staff productivity using alternative training techniques and evaluation methods
  •    Enhanced language on rental contracts to offer more protections for all parties
  •    Conducted general accounting, maintenance requests and product purchasing
  •    Controlled the aesthetic preservation and improvements of our theatre complex
  •    Administered all front of house operations

Oct 2005-Nov 2015:                                                                               Los Angeles, CA

Freelance Producer                                                                          Various Theatres

  •    Coordinated all production logistics from budget inception to strike
  •    Recruited and hired house staff, production staff, stage crew, talent, musicians and dancers
  •    Negotiated contracts with venues and contractors
  •    Maintained all insurance and legal requirements
  •    Supervised accounting

May 1997-Nov 2015:                                                                           Los Angeles, CA

Freelance Director                                                                        Various Theatres

  •    Recipient of the 2009 NAACP Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Ragtime
  •    Received LA Times Critic’s Choice and LA Weekly Pick of the Week honors
  •    Helmed world premiere dramas and comedies in venues throughout Los Angeles
  •    Worked with writers and producers in development of more than 50 original projects

 

Nov 1998-Feb 2000:                                                                          Hollywood, CA

Artistic Director                                                                         PAC Theatre

  •    Created a season of plays for a company of over 50 actors, directors and writers
  •    Managed company and production castings
  •    Launched a high-volume concept company to the LA small theatre market
  •    Coordinated all company logistics and membership responsibilities
  •    Supervised and mentored directors, writers, producers and actors

Skills

  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Script development

Specialties

    Budget management, Marketing strategies, Programming, public speaking, Team Building, Team management, Venue Management

Groups & Associations

    SAG-AFTRA

Spoken Languages

    Engilsh

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