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  • Not-for-Profit Survival - pay what you can to keep TRU running
    May 21, 2020
    7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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Not-for-Profit Theater in a Challenging World: How to Survive and Thrive

DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC, ALL TRU LIVE EVENTS ARE BEING RESCHEDULED WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE "ALL CLEAR." Meantime we are presenting virtual events, free to the TRU community. Stay tuned. And stay healthy!

Thursday May 21st, 7pm networking, 7:30 panel
Unless we have assurances that social gatherings are safe once again, this event will be held on Zoom. Register on this page with any of the "pay-what-you-can" buttons in the red registration box and we will send you the Zoom link, or email TRUStaff1@gmail.com prior to the event to get link.

With guest speakers Anne Dunning, principal consultant at ARTS Action Research; Jill Garland, nonprofit management consultant; David Mallette, partner at Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc. With the current crisis we are going through, we will certainly frame this discussion in the context of recovering from COVID. Other basics we will cover: nurturing and strengthening not-for-profit theater companies: the importance of understanding the shifting environment for the not-for-profit arts ... clearly defining and focusing on your unique vision and purpose ... flexibility and adaptability as critical components of success ... building partnerships and collaboration around shared resources as a strategy for recovery ... broad-based resource building and more. Come with questions for these extremely learned panelists, some of the top advisors in the not-for-profit arts world.

Zoom session will open at 7:00pm for roundtable introductions of attendees; program will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for everyone, with an option of donating to help. Please use the bright red reservation box on our web page, or email or phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com / phone 833-506-5550


    became principal consultant at ARTS Action Research in March, 2004.  Her consulting practice with AAR is focused on strategic thinking, organizational development, research & evaluation and facilitation to support nonprofit arts organizations and improve their capacity to deliver on mission.  Prior to joining the AAR team, she was administrative director of the Danny Grossman Dance Company in Toronto.  She was founding chair of the Canadian Dance Assembly, chair of the board of Dance/USA, chair of the board of freeDimensional and served for twelve years on the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation’s Strategic Initiatives Advisory Committee.  She has taught for Humber College’s arts administration program and been a guest speaker at the University of Toronto and NYU.  Before becoming involved in the arts, Anne studied biology at McGill University in Montreal, where she received a BSc in ecology, evolution and behavior.  She lives in Boston and New York with her husband, Gary, president and executive director of Celebrity Series of Boston.


    is a leading nonprofit management consultant. She is currently working with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art and Project for Public Spaces. Recent clients include Theatre Communications Group, Ars Nova Theatre and Clay Art Center. Strategic planning, board governance, development audits, major gift counsel and interim executive management are the tentpole services of her practice. As Vice President at DUNCH Consulting, she worked with Huntington Theatre Company, Primary Stages, Gallim Dance, Manhattan Theatre Club and School for Strings. Prior to consulting, Jill was the Chief Development Officer for City Parks Foundation and The Public Theater. At the Public, Jill led a department of 20 and raised over $18 million annually for an ambitious season that included Shakespeare in the Park and groundbreaking new work such as Hamilton and Fun Home. She was the long-time Director of Development (1996-2011) at Playwrights Horizons and led a $33 million capital campaign for its five-story building and endowment raised funds for two Pulitzer Prize winning shows I Am My Own Wife and Clybourne Park. Jill has held adjunct professor positions at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, at Brooklyn College, and has lectured at the Julliard School, Pace University, Marymount College, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is the Board President of RiverArts, an arts council serving six communities in Southern Westchester.


    joined Management Consultants for the Arts in 2005 after working for more than two decades as a performing arts administrator. Now MCA’s managing partner, his portfolio has included searches for American Conservatory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland, Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, The Music Center in Los Angeles, Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, McCarter Theatre Center, and Denver Center for the Performing Arts. His planning and organizational development clients include Dallas Summer Musicals, Rockport Music, Dance/USA, Milwaukee Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Mr. Mallette’s arts management career began at Houston’s Alley Theatre as Director of Operations. Subsequently, he joined Houston Ballet as Company Manager, where he was extensively involved in new productions and touring. Mr. Mallette then became Executive Director of Fort Worth Ballet. During his 15-year tenure, the Ballet quadrupled in size through its expansion across the region and state, first as Fort Worth Dallas Ballet and then as Texas Ballet Theater, in one of the country’s rare two-city structures. He led TBT’s touring initiatives, including stops in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., and more than forty Texas communities. Mr. Mallette is a frequent speaker and author on performing arts leadership and has written extensively on the partnership between artistic and executive directors.