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Guest Speakers--Annual Meeting 2020

photo of Theresa YvonneTHERESA YVONNE - High Tea with NCPC: What Are We Afraid Of? (June 15 - 2:00pm)

Originally from northern California, Theresa grew up in a small community, isolated in the mountains northeast of Redding, which is now known for the Calatrava’s Sundial Bridge gracefully posed over Sacramento River. As part of that upbringing, school field trips were to Ashland for a production at Oregon Shakespeare. Those trips to Oregon set a trajectory for her life.  

Theresa has spent nearly 20 years working at city-owned and operated facilities across the western US, most recently as the founding Executive Director for the Performing Arts & Event Center in Federal Way, Washington nestled between Seattle and Tacoma. The new Center in the heart of downtown hosts six community-based performing arts organizations and its own presenting program, bringing in artists to perform music, dance to Broadway culminating in a full season of entertainment.  A critical component of the presenting season is the arts-education programming specifically designed for students K-12. Prior to arriving in Washington, Theresa served as Performing Arts Manager for the Lancaster Performing Arts Center located in downtown Lancaster, CA. While at the LPAC she completed a complete revamp of the operations, successfully set the LPAC Foundation on a trajectory of success in fundraising, implemented online ticketing, and produced a diverse presenting program dedicated to serving the multifaced diversity of the Antelope Valley region.  

In 2007, Theresa spearheaded the construction oversight and re-opening of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, the state of California’s only comprehensive municipal interdisciplinary arts center. The facility includes 2 theatres (historically renovated Grand Theatre and newly constructed Black Box Theatre), 3 contemporary art galleries in store fronts from the early 1900's, and studio classrooms in dance, drama, music, and visual arts serving children, teens, and adults. This 37,000 sq. ft. powerhouse features Arts Education, Exhibitions, and Presenting Programs, as well as full rental services in Tracy, California.

photo of Mengton GuanMENGTONG GUAN -  High Tea with NCPC: What Are We Afraid Of? (June 15 - 2:00pm)

Mengtong Guanwas born and raised in Beijing. She obtained a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Indiana University in the USA, worked in New York City at Lincoln Center Festival and Mark Morris Dance Group's China tour before joining Ping Pong Productions, and lead the organization as Executive and Creative Director since 2017. Mengtong believes in the power of performing arts that inspire people to make a difference. Her highlighted works at Ping Pong include China tours of Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced; representing pioneer independent Chinese artists such as TAO Dance Theater, choreographer Gu Jiani, theater director Wang Chong in international engagements; advancing Australia-China Performing Arts Exchange programs with creative residencies; establishing collaborations with philanthropies in China to provide workshops and master classes for students from underprivileged families; and launched the Artists Connectivity Series PRC-USA with Kristopher McDowell in April 2020 in response to the coronavirus global pandemic. Together they are offering anti-racism dialogues specifically for white people and Asian people. Mengtong participated in Atelier for Young Festival Managers by European Festival Association in Gwangju 2015, and received Fellowship of Emerging Leaders of New York Arts 2016-17. She currently serves on the Membership Committee of International Society of Performing Arts. 


photo of Kristopher McDowellKRISTOPHER MCDOWELL -  High Tea with NCPC: What Are We Afraid Of? (June 15 - 2:00pm)

Kristopher is the founder of the new Artists’ Connectivity series, a platform to host topic based open dialogue for Global Majority ALAANA Artists. These series have been formed in partnership with The International Association of Blacks in Dance; Sheffield Global Arts Management; Shoshana Polanco; World Fusion Events; Juan Pablo Siles and Ping Pong Productions. He is also a Senior Partner and Co-Founder of Rhizome Arts Consulting. 

McDowell served as CEO for KMP Artists for 13 years in the United States and is responsible for the companies expansion in Asia Pacific. He now serves as a Consultant primarily for KMP (for Asia, MENA & Special Projects), and also for other arts organizations, such as the, West Australian Ballet (consultant), Mummenschanz Foundation (strategic consultant), International Association of Blacks in Dance (touring advisor) and Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (consultant). McDowell continues to travel the world deepening relationships with artists and presenting institutions and seeking opportunities for international cultural exchange. He has toured major projects to/from fifteen countries in Asia and the Middle East and has produced or toured over one 1,200 performances in North America. 

For over four years Kristopher was a faculty member of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy Los Angeles (Bachelor of Fine Arts Program); and he continues to present workshops and lectures at festivals and conferences around the Globe. Among his many valued affiliations with leading arts organizations, McDowell is a member of Dance/USA; International Association of Blacks in Dance; World Dance Alliance; International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography; International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA) where is also served on its Membership Committee; North Carolina Presenters Consortium (NCPC); Western Arts Alliance (WAA); Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP); North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA); and Americans for the Arts (AFTA). McDowell is also an outgoing member of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees for Dance/USA as well as the former Chair for the Agents, Manager, Producers and Promoters Council.

Aldo Scrofani, COO of The Apollo Theater

ALDO SCROFANI - Moving Forward Together (June 15 - 3:30pm)

Mr. Scrofani is a 40 year veteran of the live entertainment business.  He began his tenure in the theatre in 1977 at Jujamcyn Theatres Corporation where he served a 13 year term as the Executive Vice President.  In 1990, he joined Columbia Artists Theatricals (CAT). During his 18 years at CAT, Mr. Scrofani served as the Chief Operating Officer.  He also held the position of Executive Vice president and COO of Columbia Artists Management, Inc. (CAT’s parent company) and was a senior member of the Board of Directors. In 2009, he founded Theatre Management Associates, Inc. (TMA) and its subsidiary, Moonglow Productions LLC.  Mr. Scrofani has produced, co-produced or been associated with over 100 Broadway, National, and/or international productions including Gone With The Wind, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Chita Rivera The Dancer’s Life, Lovemusik, STOMP, Stomp Out Loud, Tap Dogs, Grand Hotel, City of Angels, Gypsy, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Big River, Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk, Jelly’s Last Jam, Elaine Stritch At Liberty, Sunset Boulevard, The Royal National Theatre production of Carousel, The World Goes Round, M. Butterfly, Into the Woods, The Piano Lesson, My One and Only, and Dracula.

He has garnered multiple Tony® Nominations and Tony® Awards as well as Drama Desk, Obie, The Pioneer in the Theatre Award in 2011, and The Elliot Norton Award for outstanding production for Carousel. Mr. Scrofani serves as an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Stern School Of Business as well the Instructor of the highly praised program “Strategic Steps For Growth” (SS4G) sponsored by the Mayor’s Office Of Media & Entertainment in partnership with New York University.

photo of Shana TuckerSHANA TUCKER - Moving Forward Together (June 15 - 3:30pm)

With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker delivers a unique voice through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul™. Shana's melodies weave strong hints of jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B into a distinctive rhythmic tapestry. Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as a jazz talent "...whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible...” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a blend of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers.  

Growing up on Long Island, NY as a beneficiary of public school arts education, Shana's classical cello and singing talents awarded her a scholarship to Howard University in Washington, DC, where she was first introduced to jazz and other essential musical resources, on campus and around the city. While at Howard, Shana initiated her improvisation chops and honed her songwriting skills, but decided to relocate to NYC to study with master cellist Marion Feldman and complete her undergraduate studies in performance at CUNY-Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. 

An NPR interview about Shana's debut CD, "SHiNE" and her ChamberSoul style prompted an invitation from Cirque du Soleil to join the company as cellist/vocalist for their show, KÀ in Las Vegas, where she stayed and performed for five years before returning to North Carolina. With collaborations as the cornerstone of her artistry, Shana is currently a featured artist performing with legendary jazz saxophonist/composer Bennie Maupin;  jazz drummer/composer Shirazette Tinnin and Sonic WallPaper; Grammy-nominated NuSoul collective, The Foreign Exchange. Her newest project, Women's Work, a female-led collective of jazz, soul and pop singer-songwriters and musicians representing both east and west coasts. 

She also devotes a considerable amount of her time to working with students in schools & universities, community centers and summer camps throughout the year as part of her mission to promote arts education programming for students of all ages. Shana is a recipient of two Nevada Arts Council grants, including the prestigious Performing Artist Fellowship for her exemplary work as a singer-songwriter, cellist and teaching artist. She serves on review panels and advisory committees for arts organizations across the country. She is also a board member for Carolina Wren Press, a Durham, NC-based small-press organization that publishes diverse minority writers of quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children's literature. 

A front-line advocate for arts education, Shana is a newly-designated A+ (Arts Integration) Schools Apprentice Fellow, and has been a teaching artist with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts (NC and NV) since 2015. She has also been a teaching artist with United Arts Council of Raleigh/Wake County NC and The Smith Center for Performing Arts - Las Vegas. Shana incorporates artist-in-residences, workshops and community outreach opportunities wherever in the world her performances take her. 

Colleen Dilenschneider

COLLEEN DILENSCHNEIDER - How COVID-19 Is Impacting Intentions to Attend Performing Arts Entities - And What Will Make Patrons Feel Comfortable Visiting Again (June 16- 11:00am)

Colleen Dilenschneider is the Chief Market Engagement Officer for IMPACTS, a global leader in predictive market intelligence and related technologies. Widely regarded as a leader of the next generation of nonprofit executive management, Colleen oversees multiple audience engagement initiatives on behalf of clients in the nonprofit and cultural sectors.  Colleen uses data to both identify and predict emerging market opportunities, and helps nonprofit organizations maintain their relevance and secure their long-term financial futures by building affinity with their onsite and virtual audiences. Colleen has worked with many of the most admired and successful clients in the nonprofit realm, including projects concerning the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, Carnegie Museums, Stanford University, Exploratorium, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Tennessee Aquarium, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), San Diego Zoo, and Wildlife Conservation Society. Colleen currently serves on the Board of Directors at the National Aquarium.

Colleen is the author and publisher of the popular website Know Your Own Bone, a data-informed, strategic resource for cultural organizations.  Colleen has been a featured expert in sources ranging from NPR’s Marketplace to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. She has been prominently featured in many national museum publications, and as required reading for museum studies and professional development programs at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, University of Washington, University of Texas, Michigan State University, University of Iowa, George Mason University, Tufts University, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, American Library Association, Bank Street College of Education, Seminar for Historical Administration, University of Glasgow, and San Diego State University.

Colleen has keynoted several state, national, and international conferences and presented at popular industry events, including MuseumNext, American Alliance of Museums, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Museums Galleries Australia, and the American Association for State and Local History. Additionally, Colleen has contributed articles and content to leading industry outlets, including Museum Magazine, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), University of Southern California’s Policy Review, Exhibitionist Journal, and AAM’s Center for The Future of Museums.

Colleen earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Chicago and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She has also completed post-graduate programs at the University of Washington (public relations), Harvard University (digital engagement), Yale School of Management (behavioral economics), and the London School of Economics (strategic marketing).

photo of Aaron BareAARON BARE - Branding Continuity & Marketing Best Practices (June 16 - 1:40pm)

Aaron Bare, Director of Marketing for Etix, brings more than 18 years of venue marketing and management experience in sports, concerts and the performing arts to Etix and its client marketing division, Rockhouse Partners. With an extensive knowledge of both traditional and modern marketing practices, Aaron believes Rockhouse Partners’ purpose is to practically blend the advantages of modern digital marketing with the real-word, everyday needs of their Etix clients. The only metric for success at Rockhouse is client satisfaction.