2021 Membership Vote
3:00-4:30 p.m. (EST), Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The deadline to cast your electronic vote is Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
Make your voice heard! Help shape the future of our association by voting on two* important action items that require a quorum vote by the membership:
It is your right and privilege to take an active role in the future of APAP by fully understanding the proposed items and voting for or against their approval.
The deadline to cast your electronic vote was Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
Your membership must be current through January 2021, at the time the vote is counted.
Please note: In accordance with the current APAP bylaws, only the primary contact of each organization may vote. If multiple votes are cast from a single organization, only the vote submitted by the primary contact will be counted.
ALL current APAP members---whether you are registered for the APAP|NYC+ 2021 or not---are invited to join us at the 2021 Annual Members Meeting and State of the Association. If you are currently attending the conference, you can link directly to the meeting in the conference platform, Swapcard.
If you are not attending the conference, please click here to join at 3:00 p.m. (EST) on January 13, 2021.
Active Board Members Eligible to Serve a Second Term
Alicia Adams - Officer at-large*
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Alicia B. Adams is the Vice President of International Programming and Dance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She joined the Kennedy Center in 1992.
Adams curated the Center’s major international festivals: IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture (2016), IBERIAN SUITE: Global Arts Remix (2015), Nordic Cool (20130, maximumINDIA (2011), ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World (2009), JAPAN! Culture + Hyperculture (2008), the Festival of China (2005), African Odyssey (1997-2000), AmericArtes (2000-2003) among others. Additionally, she curates the World Stages Series and Contemporary Dance series.
Adams has worked in the field of arts management for arts institutions including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Belafonte Enterprises, Inc., New York City Center Theatre, Harlem School of the Arts and International Production Associates (NYC).
She serves as a Trustee of the Williamstown Theater Festival, International Society for the Performing Arts(ISPA), Founding Council of the Caine Prize for African Writing (UK), Africa 95 (UK), and on the Advisory Council for Lab Think Tank, Global Performance and Politics Georgetown University. She is a member of the Conference Committee for Association of Performing Arts Presenters(APAP); Advisory Council, American Dance Abroad and Advisory Committee for Harlem School of the Arts. Adams has also served as a Trustee of the All Roads Film Festival, National Geographic and; as a panelist for National Dance Panel, and Center Stage, New England Foundation on the Arts(NEFA). In 2017 she co-hosted the ISPA Congress(NYC) and curated the American Dance Platform, the Joyce Theater(NYC).
Adams has an MA from Columbia University, a BS from New York University and a Certificate in Arts Administration from Harvard University’s School of Business Administration. Adams was the APAP recipient of the Fan Taylor Award in 2012. In 2014, she was decorated by Sweden with the Royal Order of The Polar Star and by Finland with Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion.
President and CEO
Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
T. Lulani Arquette is Native Hawaiian and the President/CEO of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF); a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting the diversity of artistic expression in American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.
Under her leadership the foundation launched in 2009 and has been successfully operating since that time providing support to artists, organizations, and communities. Arquette brings over 30 years of professional experience leading organizations to their highest creativity and potential through strategic visioning and planning, innovative program development, building valuable relationships in community and developing funding partnerships across sectors.
Before coming to the Foundation, Arquette worked in Hawai`i with Native Hawaiian organizations in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. She was instrumental in developing the first for-profit subsidiary of ALU LIKE, Inc., the largest multi-service organization in Hawai`i serving Native Hawaiians. With a strong interest in leadership development, she created the Hawai`i Leadership Center, a unique leadership program for executives and managers, that looked at leadership through the lens of three distinct ethnic groups – Hawaiian, Asian and Caucasian. She earned a master’s degree in political science and has been an advocate for Native self-determination and social justice.
Holding a second degree in drama and theatre from the University of Hawai`i, she has performed and participated in stage productions, television shows, and film projects. Arts and cultures has always played a strong role in her personal life and professional development, and she greatly admires her grandmother who was an accomplished musician and singer.
Public service and giving back are part of Arquette’s passion. She is currently a board member for Grantmakers In the Arts, and past board service includes the National Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Hawai`i Capitol Culture District, Organization of Women Leaders and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.
Los Angeles, CA
Eddie Cota is an arts and cultural strategist in Los Angeles, and founder of creative marketing agency Champion City. Over the past 12 years, he has developed some of the most innovative programs with brands, nonprofits, and festivals that have shaped the cultural landscape of the city.
His career started in radio marketing for pop station 102.7 KIIS-FM in 2006, and was later recruited by the first bilingual radio station on the West Coast, Mega 96.3. Mega represented a new frontier of marketing to a bilingual audience, which paved the way for several new media networks that wanted to reach the crossover Latino demographic.
In 2008, he became Artistic Director of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Pasadena, a non-profit dedicated to providing free access to the arts in underserved communities through a summer concert series. He also acquired programming responsibilities for sister organization the Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park in 2010. Over the course of six seasons, Cota programmed 500 total concerts that served an audience of more than 600,000. The LA Times profiled Cota in both 2011 and 2012 for his innovative multicultural programming that made both Pasadena and MacArthur Park cultural destinations in Los Angeles. The program was recognized nationally as a musical tastemaker for breaking emerging talent and giving international artists their U.S. debuts. To this day, several artists that were seen at the Levitt Pavilion first are being discovered by major festivals and PAC’s, and winning Grammy Awards.
His work at the Levitt Pavilion led to energy drink Red Bull hiring Cota as a consultant to lead their new Hispanic marketing initiatives and develop more music programs. In 2013, he became the Cultural Programmer of creative agency Imprint Projects, where he developed cutting-edge programs and content platforms for clients such as Sonos, Levi’s, Virgin, Moog, Google and more.
In the Fall of 2015, Cota founded creative marketing agency Champion City to focus on clients that are interested in making a cultural, social, or creative impact through the arts. In 2017, he was recognized as one of CSQ Magazine’s NextGen Top 10 leaders in the category of “philanthropy, arts and culture.”
Beth Macmillan - Officer at-large*
Beth Macmillan joined Artown as Festival Manager in February 2001 and was promoted to Executive Director in November of 2003. Macmillan, formerly a professional dancer and actress expanded into arts administration through various roles such as Production Company Manager, Public Relations Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Founder and Owner/Director of a small, highly successful arts education business, Executive Director of a major dance organization and business owner and distributor.
Macmillan thrives in a fast paced work environment while managing a wide range of responsibilities. As Executive Director she has produced Artown events, created “out of the box” approaches and strategic partnerships to presentations, co-presentations and future Artown commissions. Currently, Beth has expanded her commitment to the Arts with a recent two-year appointment as President of the Western Arts Alliance (WAA), a membership association of performing arts professionals throughout the western states and provinces.
Macmillan was awarded Woman of Distinction and Woman of Achievement in 2009. She has made several presentations about Artown regionally and nationally including Arts Presenters, California Travel & Tourism Commission, Nevada Travel and Tourism, World Choir Games, and several regional service organizations. In 2016 Beth was presented an award from The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) for exceptional leadership.
Senior Vice President, IMG Artists
New York, NY
Toby Tumarkin is the SVP and Global Head of Artists & Attractions at IMG Artists where he directs the growth and management of IMGA’s international shows, attractions, world music, jazz and Folk/Americana roster from the company’s New York office. He also manages the development, co-production and representation of new projects under the IMG Artists Presents banner. Prior to joining IMG Artists in February 2016 Toby enjoyed a 17-year career at Columbia Artists Management and CAMI Music where he served as Executive Vice President.
Toby has represented more than a dozen Grammy®-winning and nominated artists and has been instrumental in introducing and expanding the reach of diverse musical genres to many theatres across the United States. Toby is one of the founders of NextGen (now WAA 35 Below), the Western Arts Alliance’s program designed to foster relationships between young professionals in the performing arts. He is also a member of the inaugural class of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Emerging Leaders Institute. A native of New York City, Toby holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vassar College and a Post-Graduate diploma in voice from Trinity College London.
Active Board Members Eligible to Serve a Third Term
Founder and Director
Pasifika Artists Network
Karen A. Fischer founded Pasifika Artists Network in 2009, the only agency in Hawai‘i promoting national and international touring for the performing arts of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. The Pasifika roster reflects traditional and contemporary performing arts in music, dance, and spoken word. Prior to launching her agency, she was President & CEO of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC), a multi-disciplinary presenting and arts education organization, having previously served as its managing director (1998-2009); among other accomplishments, she created and directed the MACC’s presenting program for 10 years. With over 30 years of national arts management experience, Karen’s background ranges from presenting and community-based organizations to fundraising, finance, strategic planning, and marketing. Before joining the MACC, she was at Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, The Joffrey Ballet in New York/Los Angeles, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She is active in the field, serving on boards (Academy of Hawaiian Music, and previously, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, Western Arts Alliance, Performing Arts Presenters of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Association of Music Societies) and peer review panels (National Endowment for the Arts, State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority). Her career included dancing with Aman Folk Ensemble in Los Angeles.
Michael Reed - Vice Chair*
Senior Director of Programs & Organizational Initiatives
Arizona State University, Gammage
Michael Reed has worked with ASU Gammage since retiring in 1995 from an international dance career. Mr. Reed oversees programming for ASU Gammage and ASU’s Kerr Cultural Center Kerr, cultural participation/education programs, as well as all fiscal, artistic, marketing, administrative, personnel, and physical plant for the Kerr Center. Recently awarded the Western Arts Alliance’s Leadership Award, Michael has served as a board member for Western Arts Alliance, co-chair for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters annual conference (APAP), a Hubsite and Advisor for the National Dance Project, a British Council showcase delegate – Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and a panel speaker for The Australian Council for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, The Broadway League and Dance/USA. Mr. Reed is an active member of the Broadway League and serves on that organizations conference planning committee. Michael has presented Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, The Bolshoi Ballet, Anne Bogart/SITI Company, Eiko & Koma, Batsheva Dance Company, Chekhov International Theater Festival, The Israel Camerata, Daniel Bernard Roumain, The Apple Hill String Quartet, El Teatro Campesino (Luis Valdez), and many other artists. In his work at ASU Gammage he has also commissioned original scores by Kareem Roustom, Quetzal Guerrero, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Paul Dresher. His programs have been the recipient of awards from The Met Life Foundation, 100 Black Men, and The Arizona Department of Commerce.
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) - Vice Chair*
New York, NY
Daniel Bernard Roumain’s acclaimed work as a composer and a performer has spanned more than two decades, and has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. Proving that he’s “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (The New York Times), DBR is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations span the worlds of Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga.
DBR made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 with the American Composers Orchestra performing his Harlem Essay for Orchestra, a Whitaker commission. He was the first artist to be awarded Arizona State University’s prestigious Gammage Residency, “a three-year commitment to an extraordinary performing artist that includes performance, creative time and resources, intensive training for ASU students and local artists and engagement with many of the local communities.” His outreach and residencies have garnered extravagant praise and long-term relationships with countless universities, orchestras, and performing arts centers including the Berklee School of Music (Boston), More Music @Moore (Seattle), The Academy – a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute, PACE University and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (New York City), the University of North Carolina (Raleigh) and Vanderbilt University (Nashville).
DBR is currently working on We Shall Not Be Moved, a new chamber opera commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, Meditations for Raising Boys, a new oratorio commissioned by Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and BOUNCE: A Basketball Opera in 4 Quarters, commissioned by Ardea Arts. DBR is represented by Sozo Artists and Opus3 Artists, and lives in Harlem, New York City.
* 2021 officer position
2021 APAP Board Nominee Slate
Dance Theater of Harlem
New York, NY
Anna Glass has been involved in the performing arts as both an artist and arts administrator for over twenty-five years. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, recently named an “American Cultural Treasure” by the Ford Foundation. Together with Artistic Director Virginia Johnson, Anna co-launched a collaborative initiative addressing racial inequity in ballet – The Equity Project. In May 2013, she began her own endeavor dedicated to preserving and documenting the legacies of prominent Black artists and cultural institutions, and reinterpreting those legacies onto multiple platforms, including live performance. She recently produced Carmen de Lavallade’s newest solo show Carmen de Lavallade: Life of a Legend for Jazz at Lincoln Center and prior to that As I Remember It– an intimate portrait of this legendary artist, which toured across the country.
Anna has also served a consultant providing strategic planning and fundraising guidance to various non-profit arts organizations across the country and has served as an advisor for the DeVos Institute of Arts Management supporting New York City non-profits.
Anna served one term on the APAP Board from January 2014 to January 2017, and currently serves on the 2020-2021 TONY Nominating Committee. Anna received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and her JD from the University of Dayton School of Law. She is also a licensed attorney in the State of New York. Anna lives in Harlem with her husband and their daughter.
Senior Director & Curator, @ The Max/Managing Director, DSO Paradise Jazz Series
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Christopher L. Harrington currently serves as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Senior Director of Jazz and @ The Max. A native Detroiter with a passion for connecting people through arts and culture, Harrington has a successful track record in audience development, revenue generation strategy, and intrapreneurship. In his current role, Harrington is responsible for programming and marketing local, national, and international talent and ensuring a sustainable business model that attracts and retains new audiences. He also oversees rentals, front of house, retail, and catering operations at the DSO’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, a 135,000-square-foot community gathering place with four unique venues.
Before joining the DSO, Harrington was Marketing Manager at the Detroit Jazz Festival, where he led all marketing, public relations, and new media initiatives. He has also worked in public relations and membership services for WDET-FM, Detroit’s NPR station.
Harrington holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Music from Wayne State University (Detroit). He recently completed National Arts Strategies’ eight-month Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy, a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania.
Harrington is a mentor in Wayne State University’s Mike Ilitch School of Business Corporate Mentor Program and a member of the Detroit Young Professionals executive team. He has served on grant review committees and as a panelist at national conferences. In his personal life, Harrington enjoys spending time with family, watching sports, and traveling to music and arts festivals around the world.
Exectuive Artistic Director
New Orleans, LA
Stephanie V. McKee-Anderson is an artist, organizer and cultural strategist born in Picayune MS and raised in New Orleans. She is the Executive Artistic Director of Junebug Productions, Inc. an organization birthed out of the Free Southern Theater (FST), which was formed in 1963 as one of many cultural arms of the Civil Rights Movement. FST would eventually be a tremendous influence on the BlackArts Movement. Mckee has a long history of creating powerful performances that she strategically leverages for social change. McKee is a 2018 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Fellowship recipient and under McKee’s leadership, Junebug Productions was a recipient of a Surdna Foundation's Artist engaged in social change award for Homecoming Project, and the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Theater Project grant for Gomela to Return/Movement of Our Mother Tongue which was her directorial debut. McKee serves on the board and executive committee of National Performance Network, is a member of Alternate ROOTS, a 2007 New Voices emerging Leader alumnus, a 2015 Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Leadership Fellow and a Group Leader for the 2017 APAP Leadership Fellow Co-hort.
CEO & Founder
Colorado Springs, CO
Jill S. Robinson is a driving force in the arts and culture sector who has inspired leaders and organizations for more than three decades. From early career achievements with regional symphony orchestras to her leadership building TRG Arts (The Results Group for the Arts) into a renowned international, data-driven change agency, Jill’s expertise and counsel are sought out by arts and cultural executives worldwide. Jill believes in the transformative power of arts and culture experiences, and that positive, profound change in the business model of arts organizations leads to artistic innovation that can inspire entire communities.
With Jill’s leadership, TRG Arts has doubled in size, opened a location in the United Kingdom, and served more than 1,200 clients in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K. and Europe. Under her guidance TRG Arts has developed the largest (and growing) global arts and cultural consumer dataset in the industry, the COVID-19 International Sector Benchmark. In 2020, TRG was named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Women-Owned Companies by ColoradoBiz magazine, and was presented with the 2017 Create Award by Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.
Jill’s strategic vision for TRG Arts has benefited prominent arts organizations from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Australian Ballet to the Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle, Canada’s National Arts Centre, and theatres and venues throughout the U.K., including Theatre Clywd, Sheffield Theatres and Nottingham Playhouse.
A sought-after speaker, Jill has delivered her insights at countless industry conferences, including keynotes at the UK Theatre Touring Symposium in London, the Broadway League Spring Road Conference in New York City, the Dance/USA International Dance Managers Conference in Copenhagen, and the annual Conference on Marketing in the Arts in Madrid and Barcelona. She is a trusted source for a wide range of media covering arts and culture issues, including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and Inside Philanthropy, among others.
Jill is an adjunct professor of the Master of Arts Administration/Master of Business Administration program at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX and an inaugural faculty member for the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Cultural Leadership Program. She serves on the Advisory Board for SMU DataArts and has served on the board of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, Colorado.