Vice President of Programming- The Chicago Theatre & The Kodak Theatre
June 2004 – November 2008
- Responsible for overseeing programming for The Legendary Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL and the award-winning Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA including ticketing, contracting, pre-production, marketing and settlement for all attractions. Co-ordination with third party presenters and facility renters to create new and profitable partnerships.
- Successfully negotiated contracts and bookings for over 1,200 ticketed events spanning all genres of live entertainment including Rock & Roll, Pop, Comedy, Classical, Broadway, Off-Broadway, Nationally Televised Events, and Family Entertainment.
- Led The Chicago Theatre from 52 performances prior to June of 2004 to over 280 lit nights in 2006 and 320 lit nights in 2007 which resulted in the theatre being nominated as Pollstar Magazine’s Theatre of the Year in both 2006 and 2007.
- Accountable for budgeting and settlement of company’s producing and presenting projects including analysis of daily and weekly sales figures and trends. Continuous review of company procedures and operations to continuously increase revenues.
- Supervised and approved the marketing and press initiatives for Theatrical presentations at The Chicago Theatre and Kodak Theatre. Created and established policies and procedures for growing Group Sales and Membership sales programs.
- Managed the investment and/or development process for new and ongoing commercial productions.
- Involved in the negotiation and ongoing work rule interpretation of collective bargaining agreements with stagehands, wardrobe, musicians, merchandise union and actor’s equity association.
- Recruiting and training of management personnel. Creation and implementation of procedures, guides and handbooks.
- Responsible for new business development for company in the theatrical consulting, general management and ticketing fields.
- Supervised the design, creation and build-out of a new 250-seat theatre in the Historic Chicago Theatre.
- Executive Produced sit down engagement of Shear Madness and recouped capitalization expenses in less than one year well ahead of schedule. Shear Madness played over 500 performances at The Chicago Theatre Downstairs before closing on December 31, 2007.