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Leaders​hip Fello​ws Program

Funded in part by the American Express Foundation, The Wallace Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Please consider making a donation to the Education and Leadership Fund to help expand this program.

The arts, and the broadly defined field of performing arts presenting, exist in a world of constant change. This environment demands engaged and creative leadership from all of the field's sectors. The best of today's arts leaders—experienced, dedicated and passionate about their work—want and need innovative, personal and professional development opportunities that embrace this radically changing environment.

In partnership, APAP and the Arts Leadership Program at the University of Southern California (USC) developed the Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) to seek long-term impact on individuals in the arts field. The program has a 20-month arc, launching with a five-day summer intensive at USC, followed by ongoing peer-based mentoring, annual gatherings at the APAP|NYC conference in New York City and continuous virtual engagement.

Scott Stoner, vice president of programs and resources at APAP, and 
Kenneth Fost​er​, director of the Arts Leadership Program at​ USC, are co-directors of the program in consultation with leadership experts for each cohort tasked at guiding the program and the individual participants.

Photos: Cohort I Fellows during LFP Retreat at USC in June 2016 by Jason Hodges, Cohort I Fellow

"A wide variety of people will be served by this program. Most directly the participants, but we plan 
to share their experiences with the field and to invite more people to participate as we move forward.
I'm hopeful that anyone who is deeply invested in the presenting and touring field and plans to be a part 
of it for the next couple decades will consider participating."

- Jacob Yarrow, programming director, Hancher 
and group leader for the first cohort of Leadership Fellows.

Cohort III Applications Now Closed

Applications to join Cohort III were due February 16, 2017. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application by April 14, 2017. Questions? Contact Kalyn Saylor, pr​ograms manager, at​

Cohort II (June 2016-January 2018)

  • Madeline Bell, programming manager, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts - Burlington, VT
  • Celeste Chan, co-director, Queer Rebels - San Francisco, CA
  • Raymond Codrington, executive director, Hi-ARTS - New York, NY
  • Eddie Cota, founder and creative director, Champion City - Los Angeles, CA
  • Matt Cox, director of operations, University of Florida Performing Arts - Gainesville, FL
  • Ashley Walden Davis, programs director, Alternate ROOTS, Atlanta, GA
  • Elizabeth Duffell, director of campus and community engagement, Meany Center for the Performing Arts, University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  • Abby Eddy, director of marketing, Purdue Convocations - West Lafayette, IN
  • Melecio Estrella, assistant artistic director, BANDALOOP - Oakland, CA
  • Dani Fecko, principal, Fascinator Management - Vancouver, BC
  • Danielle Hahn, head of music programs, National Gallery of Art - Washington, DC
  • Ally Haynes-Hamblen, director, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts - Scottsdale, AZ
  • Mark Jacobson, senior programming manager, University Musical Society, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
  • Kaisha S. Johnson, co-founder/founding director, Women of Color in the Arts - New York, NY
  • Laura Kendall, director, Office of Visual & Performing Arts, Millersville University - Millersville, PA
  • Sarah McCarthy, owner/agent, Dandelion Artists - Reseda, CA
  • Amy Miller, director of engagement, Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, University of Alabama - Birmingham, AL
  • Lynn Neuman, director, Artichoke Dance Company - Brooklyn, NY
  • Tiffany Rea-Fisher, artistic director, Elisa Monte Dance - New York, NY
  • John Rich, manager of performance programs, Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago, IL
  • Malik Robinson, executive director, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance - Denver, CO
  • Max Rubino, programming manager & 21C music festival producer, The Royal Conservatory of Music - Toronto, ON
  • Celeste Smith, CEO, 1Hood Media - Pittsburgh, PA
  • David Wannen, executive director, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players - New York, NY
  • Stephanie Wong, director of performing arts and culture, Asia Society Texas Center - Houston, TX
  • Chisa Yamaguchi, marketing director, DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion - Los Angeles, CA

Cohort I (June 2015-January 2017)

Meet the 24 members of the inaugural cohort of the Leadership Fellows Program, and learn more about ​the program directors and group leaders. The May 2015 press release is also available. 
  • Jon Catherwood-Ginn, partnerships and engagement manager, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, VA
  • Joe Clifford, audience engagement director, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College - Hanover, NH
  • David Denson, senior programming manager, AT&T Performing Arts Center - Dallas, TX
  • Jill Dombrowski, executive producer, Montclair State University - Montclair, NJ
  • Simone Eccleston, assistant director of programming, Harlem Stage - New York, NY
  • Tanya Gertz, executive director of fine arts programming, College of St. Benedict - St. Joseph, MN
  • Jason Hodges, executive director, Anchorage Concert Association - Anchorage, AK
  • Brooke Horejsi, assistant dean/executive director, University of Utah/College of Fine Arts/Utah Presents - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Anne Kogan, programming manager, AT&T Performing Arts Center - Dallas, TX
  • Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, co-director, anonymous bodies || art collective - New York, NY
  • Chris Ludwa, artistic director, Bay View Music Festival - Petoskey, MI
  • Stephanie McKee, executive/artistic director, Junebug Productions Inc. - New Orleans, LA
  • Allen Moon, director of touring, David Lieberman Artists’ Representatives - Newport Beach, CA
  • Rosalina Ooi, president, Perak Society of Performing Arts - Perak, Malaysia
  • Crystal Michelle Fuller Perkins, associate artistic director, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company - Dayton, OH
  • Andre Perry, executive director, The Englert Theatre - Iowa City, IA
  • Samuel Pott, artistic director, Nimbus Dance Works - Jersey City, NJ
  • Heather Rigby, general manager of productions, L.A. County Arts Commission/Ford Theatre Foundation - Hollywood, CA
  • Omari Rush, curator of public programs, Ann Arbor Art Center- Ann Arbor, MI
  • Kevin Seaman, general manager, Queer Cultural Center - San Francisco, CA
  • Nurit Smith, deputy director, Grand Performances - Los Angeles, CA
  • Kathleen Spehar, executive director, The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University - St. Paul, MN
  • Beatrice Thomas, independent arts consultant - San Francisco, CA
  • Tamica Washington-Miller, associate director, Lula Washington Dance Theatre - Redlands, CA

Inside Arts article on the Leadership Fellows Program

"We are interested in new ideas and new ways of thinking about leadership in the arts. We want to shake people out of their usual way of operating. Our aim is to create a network of dynamic leaders who will ensure a strong and vital future for the performing arts presenting field." - Scott Stoner and Ken Foster, co-Founders of the APAP Leadership Fellows Program

Learn more about the Leadership Fellows Program and its inagural cohort in this Inside Arts article.

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