Role at APAP: I guide the organization in its year-round activities, and I see that our staff has what it needs to be a strong resource for the industry.
APAP moment: At APAP|NYC 2012, my first year as president and CEO, I was walked around the EXPO Hall and personally wished each of our colleagues, old and new, a wonderful conference.
Before APAP: I worked at the National Endowment for the Arts where I was the director of artist communities and presenting. I have also served as artistic director at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and founded Yerba Buena Arts & Events, which produces the annual Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.
Vacation spot: I am still adding to the list, but Maine, Amsterdam, Rome, the Eastern Shore and Baltimore are some favorites.
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Role at APAP: I work with the president and CEO on the priorities of the executive office, manage the executive schedule and all related details, offer support and provide research and information. I am liaison to the board of directors, manage and support board committees and taskforce efforts, and coordinate the three annual board meetings.
APAP members expect: Timely responses to questions and concerns, and a response directly from Mario or on his behalf.
Before APAP: PBS live event production and performing arts center production and management.
APAP members can expect: Helpfulness and kindness.
Performing arts fix: I like performances that require some degree of involvement or participation from audience members such as theatre-for-one pieces, Fuerza Bruta or Marina Abramovic. These performances are incredibly beautiful and moving.
APAP moment: I love attending conference each year. The members’ energy is contagious and it is really wonderful to see the faces of everyone I speak to throughout the year.
The movie: My favorite movie moment is from Funny Girl when Barbra Streisand sings Don’t Rain on My Parade. I like to picture myself on the front of that tugboat singing beautifully while wearing a huge fur hat, bright orange dress and gesticulating wildly with a bouquet of flowers.
Role at APAP: I am responsible for the planning, management and operation of the annual APAP|NYC conference. I participate in setting long-term objectives of the conference and provide leadership to the APAP staff involved with the conference, the Conference Committee, volunteers and members.
Best part of your job: The leadership and experience of my colleagues at APAP is inspiring, as is working at an association whose mission I truly believe in.
Secret hobbies: I enjoy traveling, sailing, golf and volunteering for both DCCares and the DC Central Kitchen.
Vacation spot: Culebra. It is a seven-mile island off the coast of Puerto Rico. Although it is challenging to get to, it has one of the best beaches in the world.
The book: The Giving Tree has been my favorite book since I was very young.
Best part of your job: Talking with members on the phone, solving their issues and meeting them at conference.
Before APAP: I was the booking agent and tour manager for Sweet Honey in the Rock.
APAP moment: Harry Belafonte's speech at the 2006 APAP conference.
Role at APAP: I ensure that your experience with APAP is pleasant and rewarding. I help members explore the website, understand the EXPO Hall floor plans and so much more. I also work with the fabulous volunteers who make APAP|NYC possible.
APAP members can expect: My help. I listen to member concerns and comments and see that we do everything within our capabilities to help.
Vacation spot: Growing up, I spent a lot of time camping in the redwoods in California, so big green trees, dark brown dirt and a hammock make me happy.
The quote: "Not all those who wander are lost" -J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings
Professional Development and Knowledge Management
Role at APAP: Our department is primarily responsible for gathering and disseminating content - knowledge - that will be useful for our members and for others who have a stake in the field of performing arts presenting. Our first priority is to help members do their job better.
APAP members can expect: Someone who listens and responds.
Performing arts fix: Contemporary dance, devised theater and the new wave of jazz.
Vacation spot: That would be my second home: Sydney, Australia. It's got everything I most value in life together in one place: friends, family, an amazing arts and cultural scene, beautiful natural environment and great food and wine.
The quote: "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Role at APAP: I manage the grant and professional development programs. I'm the point of contact for all programs, and I work with APAP staff to communicate and promote our programs.
APAP members can expect: A sense of humor and a helping hand.
Best part of your job: It's my job to help our members expand professionally and provide them opportunities to meet other members, travel abroad, and expand the performing arts and leadership in our field in ways that they may not get to do otherwise.
Performing arts fix: Dance.
APAP moment: Standing onstage after everyone had left the YPCA showcase in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall at APAP|NYC 2011.
Vacation spot: London is my favorite city in the world, but I do love spending time with family out in the San Francisco area.
Role at APAP: I write and send APAP e-newsletters, update the website, oversee production of conference materials including the 3-in-1 and Showcase Listing Book and I run the visa assistance program.
Best part of your job: I like helping to spread the word about the incredible programs and services we offer all year long.
Performing arts fix: All types of music. I love both opera and rock 'n' roll!
Before APAP: I recently earned my master's degree in arts management from George Mason University. Prior to coming to APAP I began my arts career at a small art museum.
Secret hobby: I sew many of my own clothes.
Inside Arts Magazine
Role at APAP: Editor of Inside Arts magazine and all-around messaging maven.
APAP members can expect: Excellent stories written by leading arts journalists. And I will interview you.
Before APAP: For nearly 20 years I was chief arts reporter and critic at a daily newspaper. I also work with Harvard's Office for the Arts and with WGBH radio in Boston.
Performing arts fix: Theater. I go to shows the way some people go to church.
Guilty pleasure: I love our family pit bull. A lot.
The quote: I have two. Mike Nichols: "Cheer up. Life isn't everything." And T. S. Eliot: "Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity."
Finance and Operations
Role at APAP: I'm responsible for managing and overseeing matters related to information technology at APAP and for guiding the organization's use of technology.
Best part of your job: Being able to create new ways to support our members and our staff to more effectively do their jobs through the use of technology.
Before APAP: I've started and managed several computer software and consulting companies during the past 30 years.
Secret hobby: I'm a drummer and percussionist.
Vacation spot: The Berkshires in western Massachusetts.
Role at APAP: A little bit of everything; accounting, front desk operations and executive office support.
APAP members can expect: Prompt and professional service.
Vacation spot: On the beach in Mexico.
The song: Love and Happiness by Al Green.