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Arts Leader

I'm a seasoned arts leader with management experience at theaters of different sizes.  I'm a founder and innovator with a proven track record launching new companies and programs.

 
 
Audience members dance on stage, led by Traci Bartlow, after a performance of  Spunk  at Cal Shakes

Audience members dance on stage, led by Traci Bartlow, after a performance of Spunk at Cal Shakes

California Shakespeare Theater

I developed and led The Triangle Lab, a collaboration between California Shakespeare Theater and Intersection for the Arts aimed at creating methods to integrate theater more deeply into community life.  Lab programs catalyzed a major shift in Cal Shakes' mission and programming, attracted more than $1 million in national funding, and positioned Cal Shakes as a national leader in civic and community engagement.

I was promoted to an expanded role  as Cal Shakes' associate artistic director. I led the new artistic engagement program, supervised a staff of three, and  served as second to the artistic director on artistic programming and producing. New programs included a community tour, the Artist-Investigator project which placed artists in year-long residencies with social service non-profits, and expanded partnerships related to main-stage productions.  

Crowded Fire Theater Company 

I was the founder of Crowded Fire Theater Company and served as its artistic director for ten years.  Under my leadership, the company grew from an all-volunteer ensemble to a highly-regarded professional theater with a staff of three, an annual budget of $100,000 and a national reputation for producing challenging new plays.  During my time at Crowded Fire we produced 23 plays including 10 world premieres and 5 commissions.  Ten years later the company is still going strong under its third artistic director. 

 

Other Positions: I've also served as Theatre Bay Area's director of development and strategic initiatives, been the interim program officer for the arts at The SF Foundation, worked as a contract grantwriter at Nancy Quinn & Associates, run the summer camp at the JCCSF and been a freelance teaching artist. I've also been a management consultant for numerous foundations and non-profits.  

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