Since 1983, MCA has had a rich involvement with arts and cultural organizations of all types and sizes throughout the country including theatres, museums, music and dance companies, performing arts centers, science centers, historical societies, colleges and universities, service organizations, public agencies, arts councils, and foundations.

Our services include consultations in executive search for senior level leadership, planning, organizational analysis, board and staff retreats, seminar/workshop development and facilitation.

We work with organizations in all stages of development - from new start-ups to established institutions - including those grappling with complex issues of founder succession and transition.

Current Executive Searches

  • Executive Director - Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook, CT

    The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center - known locally as "The Kate" - is the only cultural center in the U.S. to be named after the iconic actress.  Old Saybrook was Katharine Hepburn's home for most of her adult life and for the town's residents, she was simply known as Kate.  Her unpretentious life in this beautiful coastal community reflects its people ...down-to-earth, friendly and appreciative of the area's beauty.

  • Director of Marketing and Public Relations - Houston Ballet, Houston, TX
    Director of Marketing and Public Relations - Houston Ballet, Houston, TX

    When Houston Ballet Foundation was created in 1955, its founders had a vision of establishing a professional, resident ballet company and an academy to train those dancers in the city of Houston. Even with their lofty ambitions, it is unlikely the progenitors of Houston Ballet could have imagined the international powerhouse that this company has become. The Houston Ballet Academy was established the same year – 1955 – but it would not be until 1968 until a professional company was created, with their debut performance in 1969. Houston Ballet’s impressive growth has paralleled that of the city itself; it now occupies an important and unique place in the ballet world as one of the best – and the fifth largest – ballet companies in the United States.

  • Director of Development - Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago, IL
    Director of Development - Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago, IL

    Recipient of the 2008 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world. CST believes that Shakespeare speaks to everyone.  A global theatrical force, CST is known for vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare’s genius for storytelling, musicality of language and empathy for the human condition. CST is dedicated to producing extraordinary productions, unlocking Shakespeare’s work for the next generation, and serving as Chicago’s ambassador through its World Stage Series.

  • Executive Director - Tectonic Theater Project, New York, NY
    Executive Director - Tectonic Theater Project, New York, NY

    Applications for this position are Closed - Dec. 10th, 2014 

    Tectonic Theater Project is among the most innovative organizations in the theater world, dedicated to developing provocative stories and to fundamentally changing how theatrical stories are told. To date, it has produced works that have been groundbreaking and inspirational, including The Laramie Project, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, 33 Variations, and I Am My Own Wife. The artists of Tectonic strive to foster a dialogue with audiences about social, political and human issues. To that end, it presents readings and workshops in addition to fully-realized productions. Its name – Tectonic – refers to the art and science of structure and was chosen to emphasize the company's interest in construction…how things are made and how they might be made differently.

  • Executive Director - Pewabic, Detroit MI

    More than a century ago Mary Chase Perry Stratton founded Detroit's Pewabic, actively pushing the boundaries of ceramic practice through exploration, experimentation and the development of ground-breaking techniques.  Today, Pewabic is a center for the promotion and development of contemporary ceramics and the living repository of a rich tradition that continues to influence artists and collectors. Like the city of Detroit, Pewabic is writing a new chapter in its history, firmly establishing itself as a leader among Detroit's arts institutions.

  • Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs - San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
    Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs - San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

    The San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) is the primary art museum in the South Bay. Located on the central city park in downtown San Jose, in the hub of Silicon Valley, the Museum is housed in a landmark 1892 building (a gem of Richardsonian architecture and once the Civic Library) and a 1991 addition by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, connected by a towering, light-filled atrium. SJMA has a total of 17,000 square feet of gallery space, as well as the Museum Store and a café. It serves audiences from across the Peninsula as well as visitors from the greater Bay Area.

  • Deputy Director for Collections - The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

    The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) is known nationally and internationally for the quality and scope of its collection, which comprises about 45,000 objects and covers 6,000 years of art history. Founded in 1913,the CMA is today one of the world’s most distinguished comprehensive art museums and one of the top five in the country.

  • Executive Director - Sarasota Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
    Executive Director - Sarasota Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

    The Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA) came into being in 2003 when 13 forward-thinking Sarasotans dreamed of enhancing Sarasota’s rich cultural landscape with a modern and contemporary art museum.  After a two-year dialogue with area arts, educational and community leaders, SMOA partnered with Ringling College of Art and Design to transform the historic Sarasota High School into a state-of-the-art visual arts destination with the art museum as its centerpiece.  The comprehensive campaign to renovate the high school; create the Visual Arts Education Center (VAEC); establish SMOA; and endow it is one of Ringling College’s strategic initiatives. SMOA became a division of the College in March, 2006.

  • Vice President of Marketing, Harris Theater for Music & Dance, Chicago, IL
    Vice President of Marketing, Harris Theater for Music & Dance, Chicago, IL

    The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance is a 1500-seat state-of-the art performance venue located in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Opened in November 2003, the non-profit Harris Theater was the first multi-use performance venue built in downtown Chicago since 1929.  Developed by several Chicago area foundations, the Harris Theater serves as a unique national model of collaboration between the philanthropic community and performing arts organizations in music and dance.  Ten years later, the theater features the most diverse offerings of any venue in Chicago, hosting local, national and internationally renowned artists and ensembles.

  • Artistic Director, The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN
    Artistic Director, The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN

    Applications for this position are now closed - September 17th, 2014

    The Guthrie Theater opened in 1963 to perform classics in rotating repertory with a company, although Sir Tyrone Guthrie always envisioned the development of new work as well.  Five years later, the Guthrie added a broader range of productions on smaller stages, and that tradition mostly continued over the ensuing decades.  Subsequent artistic leadership included such luminaries as Michael Langham, Liviu Ciulei, and Garland Wright.  Next came Joe Dowling who has announced that he will step down in 2015 after 20 years of leadership.

  • Director - Vance Wall Art Education Center, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

    A notable community institution with an international reputation, the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is still located in the same, though now thrice-expanded, building in which it opened in 1914. Situated amid a beautiful, tree-lined residential area of Montclair, New Jersey, just 12 miles west of New York City, the Museum is esteemed for its holdings of American and Native American art, its exhibitions, its family and public programs, and its art school. It welcomes more than 65,000 visitors annually.