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Leadership Development Institute (LDI)

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Express Foundation

Program Background

APAP and RCLA jointly launched the Leadership Development Institute in June 2010 with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Express Foundation. The initial design for LDI is based on prior research conducted by APAP and RCLA that included a co-design working session in May 2009 where APAP and RCLA convened 15 mid-career leaders in the performing arts presenting field.

The goal of the LDI is to develop the leadership, knowledge and capacity required to advance the performing arts presenting field. Specifically, LDI will:

  • Consolidate a leadership competency framework for the performing arts presenting field;
  • Advance the leadership capacity among arts presenting professionals in at least one competency area each; 
  • Produce a presenting leadership development white paper, online tools and other resources that embody a framework for the leadership demands and challenges in the performing arts presenting field. 

Knowing and Connecting to Community - LDI 2012

Over the course of five sessions in 2012 and early 2013, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Research Center for Leadership in Action at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University facilitated an inquiry around the theme: Know and Connect with Community. Each session was co-facilitated by Bethany Godsoe, RCLA executive director, and Theresa Holden, co-director, Holden and Arts Associates.

An interactive online resource was developed and is available at:

LDI Class of 2012

  • Bobby Asher, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD
  • Brad Carlin, Fusebox Festival, Austin, TX
  • Rachel DeGuzman, Rochester City Ballet, Rochester, NY
  • Shirley Elliott, Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust, Tulsa, OK
  • Sharon Fantl, Redfern Arts Center/Keene State College, Keene, NH
  • Emily Harney, MAPP International Productions, New York, NY
  • Brooke Horejsi, College of St. Benedict/St. John's University Fine Arts Programming, St. Joseph, MN
  • Rebekah Lengel, Miami Light Project, Miami, FL
  • Mollie McFarland, AXIS Dance Company, Oakland, CA
  • Judy Oliver-Turner, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia, WA
  • Andre Perry, The Englert Theater, Iowa City, IA
  • Mary Roeder, University Musical Society, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Liza Sacheli Lloyd, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
  • Elizabeth Snodgrass, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Creative Courage - LDI 2010

The 2010 Leadership Development Institute class focused on practices for building resilient missions and enduring, adaptive visions. Looking to learn from the past and to craft a new narrative for the future, the class experimented with individual practices and together built a tool kit for strengthening the leadership from any position in an arts organization.

Read Creative Courage: Leadership Practices to Build Resilience and Vitality in Performing Arts Organizations

2010 Program Participants

  • Elizabeth Auer, University of Florida Performing Arts, Gainesville, FL
  • Kevin Boyer, The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia, WA
  • Joe Clifford, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • Sage Crump, South Arts, Atlanta, GA
  • Kaisha Johnson, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, New York, NY
  • Brian Kendall, City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, Las Vegas, NV
  • Laura Kendall, Tri-C Presents, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH
  • Cari Lewis, Door Community Auditorium, Fish Creek, WI
  • Claire Rice, University Musical Society (UMS), Ann Arbor, MI
  • Paul Ternes, Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha, NE
  • Sarah Thompson, Northrop Concerts and Lectures, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jack Wright, Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc, Boston, MA



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