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Nonprofit Theatre Boards - How's It Going for You? // Spring 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Category: FY21 Workshops

Nonprofit Theatre Boards - How's It Going for You?

Thursday, April 15, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm EST

Location: Zoom
Intended Audience: Executive leadership and board members at nonprofit theatre companies of any size.
Participation Level: Medium - The workshop will be a mix of lecture, interaction, and Q & A.

The entire oversight of the American non-profit theatre industry is at the hands of well-meaning board members who know very little about the craft of theatre. Is it possible that our strained and vulnerable business models can be traced back to our boards? Is it possible that the difficulty of becoming anti-racist is because of the power dynamic held by our boards?  In this workshop, we'll discuss the aspects and best practices of boards, allow participants to discuss the difficulties of the current model and brainstorm or learn about new models to consider. 

Michael J. Bobbitt is an arts leader, director, choreographer, and playwright. He was the Artistic Director of New Repertory Theatre and previously the Artistic Director for Adventure Theatre - MTC in Maryland, where he led the organization to be a respected theatre/training company in the DC region and a nationally influential professional Theatre for Young Audiences. Bobbitt has directed/choreographed at Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and the Washington National Opera. His national and international credits include the NY Musical Theatre Festival, Mel Tillis 2001, La Jolla Playhouse, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, and the Olympics. As a writer, his work was chosen for the NYC International Fringe Festival and The New York and Musical Theatre Festival. He has two plays published by Rogers and Hammerstein Theatricals. He trained at Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, The National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, Certificates in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell, artEquity and People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, and other top leadership programs. He earned the Excel Leadership Award (Center for Nonprofit Advancement) the Emerging Leader Award (County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities), and Person of the Year Award (Maryland Theatre Guide), among others.


All A.R.T./New York workshops, roundtables, and trainings feature automated captioning provided by Zoom. ASL interpretation and CART captioning services are available by request; requests must be made at least 5 business days before the event. For requests, accessibility information, or other accommodations please contact Kirsten Sweeney at [email protected]

Contact: Kirsten Sweeney - [email protected]