Board Member

2005-present - GreatWorks Theatre Co (Founder and Producing Director)

Conceptualizer and producer for commercial touring theatre productions that play schools throughout the Illinois/Wisconsin/Indiana region. In the years since founding, GreatWorks has grown to include thirteen professional productions on tour, with nearly 65,000 students seeing a GW show in their school during the latest school year. 

1998-2005   Irish Repertory of Chicago (Producing Director)

Founder and CEO for Chicago's professional non-profit Irish theatre company. Responsible for assembling Board, securing start-up funding, creating and managing budgets, overseeing marketing, and hiring artists. Irish Rep's initial season of three productions played to 85% capacity at the Victory Gardens Theatre, with the highest-number of initial season subscribers ever seen in Chicago theatre. IR shows also appeared at theatre festivals across the US and in Ireland, with Long Day's Journey Into Night (starring John Mahoney) playing a sold out run at the Galway Arts Festival (2000). 

Secured major sponsorships and grants from Chicago Community Trust, DiscoverCard, Aer Lingus, Guinness, the Illinois Arts Council, Molex Inc, and the Irish Fellowship of Chicago, among others. 

1995-1996    Buckets O' Beckett Festival (Artistic Director)

Produced a festival celebrating the work of Irish playwright Samuel Beckett as the inaugural production at Chicago's Mercury Theater. Recruited a group of 18 Chicago directors and a number of award winning actors (including Estelle Parsons, John Mahoney, and John Larroquette) to appear.  Worked with the managing director of the event to secure $80,000 in underwriting for the $300,000 event, and designed and implemented a marketing strategy that sold the event at nearly 90% capacity over the run of the fest.

2002-2004    Programming Director; Vail Theatre Festival at Beaver Creek

Hired by Vail Valley Foundation to produce a summer theatre festival at the Vilar Centre in Beaver Creek. Responsible for programming as well as budgeting and logistics, and working with the VVF staff to recruit individual funders to underwrite the event. Produced work by Steppenwolf and the Neo-Futurists (Chicago), Irish writer/performer Donal O'Kelly, and Tim Robbin's The Actors Gang (LA), among others.

Education

BA Communications/Theatre - Columbia College of Chicago
DePaul University

Etc

Selected for the Arts & Business Council of Chicago's Advanced Marketing Seminar (2001), an 18-week intensive program for a select group of arts professionals designed to impart latest model arts marketing and communication strategies. The proposal for Irish Repertory generated by my involvement in this program later received $20,000 in implementation funding from A &BC. Past guest lecturer on the Business of Theatre (Northwestern University & Roosevelt University). 

For The Cavaliers

Marching Member, snare line (1981)
Percussion Designer and Caption Head - Cavalier Cadets (1982-1984)