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DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center

Arts Management 2012-2013 Fellows

2012-2013 Fellows

Jeffrey Collier

Jeffrey CollierJeffrey Collier comes to the Kennedy Center from Bismarck, North Dakota, where he spent the past three years serving as executive director of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra. In this role, he oversaw the expansion of artistic and educational programming, a substantial reduction of the accumulated deficit, and the creation and implementation of a new strategic plan. Since 2007, he has also served as the voice program manager for the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, where he is the primary administrator for Marilyn Horne’s summer voice training program. He has also served as chamber music manager at the Juilliard School in New York City. Additional summer work has included a season as artist liaison at the Aspen Music Festival and School and music office coordinator for the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine. He is originally from Cleveland, Tennessee, and holds undergraduate degrees in bassoon performance and music education from Louisiana State University, as well as an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Bolz Center for Arts Administration.

Caitlin Fitzwater

Caitlin FitzwaterCaitlin Fitzwater comes to the Kennedy Center from New York City, where she served as the marketing manager for New York Public Radio and all its brands, including the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, WNYC Radio, and Classical WQXR Radio. Previously, she was marketing manager for The Public Theater, overseeing efforts for projects ranging from Shakespeare in the Park and Public Theater mainstage productions to the Public Lab new play development series and the Under the Radar festival of new theater. She began her career in New York as marketing associate for Playwrights Horizons and also served as an audience development intern for CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in theater arts and public relations from Towson University in Baltimore.

Sean Michael Kaplan

Sean Michael Kaplan

Sean was the Director of Development and Media Relations for the large-scale spectacle and public art company Redmoon in Chicago. During his tenure, the organization had a period of tremendous growth with events and city spectacles at landmark Chicago locations to international work in Brazil, France, and Ireland. In his first 24 months, he collaborated with his board chair on the successful recruitment of 20 new board members. A high-level advocacy opportunity took him to the White House for Redmoon’s Halloween performance. Increasing the company’s national profile, he set and led strategic meetings to share the company’s mission with prominent members of government and arts policy makers, including the NEA Chairman, USDOE Secretary, PCAH Executive Director, White House Chief of Staff, and many of Illinois’ House of Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill. In Chicago, he created relationships with Mayor Daley’s office that led to the Mayor personally launching Redmoon’s 'Festival J.O.E.-a Joyous Outdoor Event'. Under his leadership, annual galas saw event sponsorships quintuple and attendance double to over 1,000 guests with in-kind donations totaling over $100K. As the company’s Media Relations Director, he led successful media campaigns that landed the company on the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times, features on television, radio, nationally distributed journals and magazines. He studied on a series of theater performance scholarships in Kansas and England, ultimately beginning his career in the arts as an assistant to the artistic office of Steppenwolf Theatre. Afterward, he worked with Jacques Lecoq in Paris at the Ecole Lecoq and co-founded Kiklos Teatro, an Italian arts organization based in Padua. Past experience includes work in national sales in the Sustainability/Green Technology sector, new business development in eLearning, and performance work for the stage, film and television. Sean is a proud board member of the social justice organization EMBARC and a Strategic Planning Committee member for Young Chicago Authors, presenters of the youth poetry slam ‘Louder Than A Bomb.’

Madeline Long

Madeline LongMadeline Long comes to the Kennedy Center from Chicago, where she held the position of communications manager for the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, promoting arts and cultural programming presented by the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Her work included spearheading communications for performances offered in the historic Chicago Cultural Center, the DCA Theater, and large-scale events such as Chicago SummerDance. She recently received a Silver Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago for her work on behalf of World Music Festival: Chicago 2011. She is the managing director for LiveWire Chicago Theatre, a nonprofit company dedicated to producing original and contemporary premieres. LiveWire has experienced tremendous growth over the past three years. In 2012, the company performed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company as part of its Garage Rep series. Previously, she served as senior account executive in public relations at Carol Fox & Associates, an arts and entertainment agency. During her five years with the company, she excelled at promoting a wide range of clients, including Madison Square Garden Entertainment’s Radio City Rockettes, the Chicago Theatre, and River North Dance Chicago. She has also worked as an actor with several Chicago-based companies, including Shattered Globe, Backstage Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, and LiveWire. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and studied abroad at the British American Drama Academy.

Bianca Mońa

Bianca MonaBianca Mońa comes to the Kennedy Center from New York City, where she is an arts administrator, curator, educator, advocate, and artist. She was a consultant for the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (Manhattan), the Sauti Yetu Center for African Women (Bronx), and gallery manager for City Without Walls (Newark, New Jersey). She directed community programs at the Richmond Art Center, in her native Bay Area, where she spearheaded five programs for youth ranging from 2 to 21 years old. Most recently, she served in the education department at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her artwork has been featured in the Rebel Diaz Art Collective and Bushwick Open Studios. She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts administration from Dillard University (New Orleans), and two master’s degrees (art education and interdisciplinary studies) from San Jose State University and Teachers College, Columbia University.


William Norris

William NorrisWilliam Norris comes to the Kennedy Center from London, where he is communications director for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE). He has been closely involved with the launch, delivery, and expansion of the OAE’s new program The Night Shift, the OAE’s own student scheme Attitude, and the OAE’s innovative themed weeks at its headquarters, Kings Place. He is currently working on the development of the OAE’s new concert series The Works, the first event of which took place in October 2011. After gaining a master’s degree in European cultural policy and administration at the University of Warwick in 2000, he worked at the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) in various marketing roles from 2001-2005. At the LPO he launched the Orchestra’s successful student scheme NOISE. He is a member of Spitalfields Music’s Programme Advisory Group, co-chairs the Association of British Orchestras Marketing Manager meetings, and has given presentations for the Association of British Orchestras, Association of French Orchestras, Audiences London, Royal Holloway University, British Council, and Arts Marketing Association. He has also contributed to debates at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and written for Gig and It’s All in the Delivery magazines and the Guardian and Spectator online.


Darren Rich

Darren RichDarren Rich comes to the Kennedy Center from the Berkeley Symphony, where he was director of development. In that role, he managed a comprehensive fundraising program including all categories of annual giving, special events, and special-purpose campaigns. During his two seasons in Berkeley, he increased fundraising totals by more than 10 percent. Previously, he worked in corporate fundraising at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO). He also worked in finance positions at both the DSO and Washington National Opera. Prior to working in the cultural sector, he held positions in project management in the construction industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a minor in music from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Berenika Schmitz

Berenika SchmitzBerenika Schmitz serves as executive and artistic director of the Dana Point Symphony and is an arts consultant to the City of Dana Point, California. She has worked to bring music and visual art to the community through accessible programming for the orchestra and educational programs at South Orange County School of the Arts. She was named one of OC Metro magazine’s Top 40 Professionals under the age of 40. She is also adjunct professor of music at Anne Arundel Community College. Additionally, she is a concert pianist performing across the globe for luminaries such as Philip Glass, Steven Spielberg, and HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Most recently, she performed and gave master classes across Asia and India. She has worked with Livestream and Yamaha using new technology to bring music to worldwide audiences. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in music and government, focusing on policy and building concert halls in the U.S. While at Harvard, she also was named star of the program at Harvard Student Agencies/Harvard Business School entrepreneurship program. Her master’s degree from Oxford University was focused on EU cultural policy. She is on the board of the Signet Society of Arts and Letters, a member of the Junior League, and participates regularly in Renaissance Weekends, which bring leaders from every industry together in Charleston, South Carolina. She resides in Annapolis, Maryland.

Shay Stevens

Shay StevensShay Stevens comes to the Kennedy Center directly from her role as program manager for the world famous Apollo Theater in New York City. During her tenure at the Apollo, she managed budgets for works in development and worked with the associate producer to provide schedules, timelines, and artist management for special events. Prior to her role as program manager, she assisted the Apollo’s executive producer by playing an integral role in the development, marketing, and programming departments through project management and the execution of several key initiatives. In addition to her professional experience, she has volunteered with various nonprofit community organizations in New York such as Jazzmobile, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, and the Black Documentary Collective. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she began her events-management career by producing and managing various eclectic jazz fundraisers for several university organizations. Her affinity for jazz has led to many freelance opportunities with various music festivals throughout the tri-state area and abroad, including the Montclair Jazz Festival, Somerville Jazz Festival, Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival, and Jazz à Vienne in France, where she has worked with artists including Jimmy Heath, Wycliffe Gordon, Marc Cary, Geri Allen, Louis Hayes, and more.

Kelli Strickland

Kelli StricklandKelli Strickland comes to the Kennedy Center from Chicago, where she was the director of education and outreach for Raven Theatre, a program committed to providing theater arts training to the underserved and at-risk youth of Chicago’s far north side. During her five-year tenure she diversified funding sources and greatly expanded total students served. She has consulted for schools and cultural organizations in the Chicagoland area to develop models of instruction and assessment for arts learning at the elementary and high-school levels. As a teaching artist she has provided professional-development workshops to public school classroom teachers and social-service agency program directors on arts-integrated instruction, along with conducting student residencies with grades K-12. She has been a lecturer in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Loyola University Chicago for over a decade, where she is also an alumnus. Windy City Times named her a rising star in their “30 Under 30.” She has presented multiple times before the Mid-America Theater Conference and her writing has appeared in American Theatre magazine and the David Mamet Review.