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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.

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  • Director of Marketing - Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ
    Director of Marketing - Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ

    In 1934, Antoinette Scudder and Frank Carrington located and purchased a derelict paper mill on the Rahway River in rural New Jersey with the vision of creating a repertory theater: Paper Mill Playhouse. Scudder and Carrington went on to create the first New Jersey Theater Festival and established a theater school for children. If the Playhouse’s founders saw it today, they would recognize the location but it’s doubtful that they could have envisioned the remarkable success that has been achieved, including an annual audience of 450,000, a thriving and growing subscription base, multiple productions moving to Broadway, and most recently, a Regional Theatre Tony Award in 2016.

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  • Producing Artistic Director - Theatreworks, Colorado Springs, CO
    Producing Artistic Director - Theatreworks, Colorado Springs, CO

    Led by founder Murray Ross, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) established THEATREWORKS as a community outreach program in 1975. THEATREWORKS presented its earliest productions in a converted classroom space, with two to three shows each year. Over the past forty-two years, THEATREWORKS has grown into the premiere professional theatre in the Pikes Peak Region, with a $1.7 million budget, a cumulative annual audience of more than 23,000, and a venerated suite of activities, including seven fully-produced mainstage shows, educational opportunities for youth, and outreach programs for local communities that are not as fully engaged with university theater programs. THEATREWORKS is one of only two Actors’ Equity Association theatres in Colorado Springs and one of only seven in the state.

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  • Artistic Director - Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
    Artistic Director - Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

    Pittsburgh Public Theater (PPT) was founded by Margaret Rieck, Ben Shaktman, and Joan Apt with the goal of reinvigorating the increasingly deteriorating theater scene of 1970s Pittsburgh, following the closings of several prominent theatrical venues. A strong volunteer organization was developed, community outreach programs were created, and 7,100 subscriptions sold before PPT began performances in 1975. Following a highly successful and critically acclaimed inaugural season of three productions, the company expanded to four and later six shows each season.

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  • Director of Marketing & Public Relations - Houston Ballet, Houston, TX
    Director of Marketing & 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.

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  • Curator of Collections and Exhibitions - The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
    Curator of Collections and Exhibitions - The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH

    Now in its 98th year, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the nation’s finest mid-size art museums. It remains the Miami Valley’s only fine art museum, serving on average of more than 130,000 visitors each year, including residents from the Greater Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus metropolitan areas, as well as a five-state regional audience.  The museum is housed in one of Dayton’s best-known landmarks, an historic 1930 Italian Renaissance-inspired building overlooking downtown Dayton and the Great Miami River.  The 60,000 sq. ft. building was designed by prominent museum architect Edward B. Green of Buffalo to resemble the Villa d’Este near Rome and the Villa Farnese at Caprarola.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • Deputy Director - Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
    Deputy Director - Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

    The Norton Museum of Art was founded by Ralph Hubbard Norton and is wife Elizabeth Calhoun Norton. An industrialist who headed the Acme Steel Company in Chicago, Mr. Norton retired in 1939 to make West Palm Beach their permanent home. Avid philanthropists and collectors, the Nortons chose to share their collection with the public, commissioning Marion Sims Wyeth of the firm Wyeth, King & Johnson to design the Museum. The Art Deco building opened on February 8, 1941. Mr. and Mrs. Norton's gifts of art brought the first 317 works to the Museum.

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  • Executive Director - Art Students League (ASL), New York, NY
    Executive Director - Art Students League (ASL), New York, NY

    The Art Students League of New York (ASL) is a legendary and beloved institution in the New York art world, with loyal members and supporters around the country and internationally. Located in a beautiful late 19th century, historical landmark building on 57th Street, opposite Carnegie Hall and around the corner from the Museum of Art and Design, Columbus Circle, and Central Park, the League has been instrumental in shaping America's legacy in the fine arts.

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  • Chief Financial Officer - Houston Grand Opera, Houston, TX
    Chief Financial Officer - Houston Grand Opera, Houston, TX

    Houston Grand Opera (HGO) was founded in 1955 through the joint efforts of Maestro Walter Herbert and cultural leaders Mrs. Louis G. Lobit, Edward Bing and Charles Cockrell. From its modest beginnings – HGO's inaugural season featured a mere two performances of two operas, Salome and Madame Butterfly – HGO has grown into a company of international stature. HGO's mission is to profoundly impact their community by creating operatic art that provides access to music’s boundless power and beauty. Its core values are excellence, relevance, and affordability. As one of the country's principal commissioners and producers of new works, HGO has introduced 48 world premieres and six American premieres since 1973. HGO has received a Tony Award, two Grammy Awards, and two Emmy Awards—the only opera company in the world to have won all three honors.

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  • Director - Phillips Museum, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
    Director - Phillips Museum, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

    Franklin & Marshall College, founded in 1787, is a selective, private liberal arts College known for academic rigor, opportunities for faculty-student research and its commitment to helping each student reach his or her full potential. The College enrolls more than 2,400 undergraduate students from throughout the U.S. and around the world. The campus is located in a residential neighborhood in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a vital, historic city in a county of over 500,000 residents, with easy access to Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and Washington, D.C. Lancaster offers both a diverse, urban environment and lush, rolling farmland.

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  • Managing Director - Theatreworks USA, New York, NY
    Managing Director - Theatreworks USA, New York, NY

    Applications are now closed for this position.  May 25, 2017

    Theatreworks USA was founded in 1961 by Jay Harnick and Charles Hull, who subsequently led the organization for 39 years until they simultaneously retired in 2000. At that juncture, the baton was passed to Barbara Pasternack and Ken Arthur, who became artistic director and managing director. Mr. Arthur is retiring from his post in June of this year; Ms. Pasternack remains in her role as artistic director.

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  • Executive Director - Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland, OR
    Executive Director - Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland, OR

    Applications for this position are now closed. 

    Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) established in 1989 from the merger of Ballet Oregon and Pacific Ballet Theater. OBT has risen quickly to become one of the prominent regional ballet companies in the U.S. Under Founding Artistic Director James Canfield, a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, OBT developed a unique repertoire and distinctive style. With a firm foundation in classical technique, the company's dance repertory grew to comprise over 80 ballets including evening- length classics, 20th-Century masterpieces, and innovative contemporary works.

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  • Artistic Director - Nevada Ballet Theatre, Las Vegas, NV
    Artistic Director - Nevada Ballet Theatre, Las Vegas, NV

    Applications are now closed for this position.  

    Now celebrating its 45th Season, Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) continues to bring the Las Vegas community closer to the art form of dance.   With professional company productions at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, where it is the Resident Ballet Company, an affiliated Ballet and Dance Academy, as well as its numerous Education and Outreach initiatives, NBT is at the heart of Las Vegas’ cultural landscape.

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  • Artistic Director - Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA
    Artistic Director - Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA

    Applications are now closed for this position. 

    Geffen Playhouse was founded in 1995 by Gil Cates, a man whose impact and influence reached across the worlds of film, television, theatre, and higher education. Those intersections remain very much alive today. This theatre has consistently brought together artists from the film, television, and theatre industries, and its most significant partner is UCLA, located across the street from the Geffen.   The company’s growth and impact makes it today one of the largest producing theatres in Los Angeles.

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  • Director - Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
    Director - Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

    Applications for this position are closed.

    The Chazen Museum of Art opened in 1970 as the Elvehjem Art Center (named for the president of the university from 1958 to 1962) to further the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s mission of education, research, and public service. In 1978 it became the Elvehjem Museum of Art, and in 2005, in honor of a lead gift for expansion from alumni Simona and Jerome Chazen, was renamed the Chazen Museum of Art. The expansion opened in October 2011, doubling the size of the museum. The new building is joined to the Conrad A. Elvehjem building by a dramatic and functional bridge gallery. 

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  • President & CEO - Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, NY
    President & CEO - Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, NY

    The Staten Island Museum (SIM), New York City’s only general interest museum, engages visitors with interdisciplinary exhibitions and educational programs that explore the dynamic connections between natural science, history, and fine art. The Museum is dedicated to making its special exhibitions and diverse collections broadly accessible by providing authentic experiences at the Museum, in the Staten Island community, and beyond.

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  • Executive Director - ODC, San Francisco, CA
    Executive Director - ODC, San Francisco, CA

    Excellence, creativity, passion and inclusion are at the heart of ODC’s core values. ODC at 45 years is a multifaceted performing art organization encompassing a world-class dance company, a professional, pre-professional, and recreational dance training program (with 200 classes a week and 15,000 students annually), and an internationally regarded presenting venue.

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