Bruce E. Whitacre
Since joining Theatre Forward, then known as National Corporate Theatre Fund, as Executive Director in 2002, Whitacre has expanded theatre access programs on Broadway and across the country, managed a successful sponsorship program that has brought over $15 million in benefits to theatres, including media, luxury goods and financial services partnerships. Theatre Forward, which represents 19 outstanding resident theatres and is supported by over 40 corporations and firms, forges strong and productive partnerships between the not-for-profit theatre community and corporate America. Media partnerships with Clear Channel, Aol.com, USA Today, and Ovation TV, technology programs through Sharp and Cisco have brought visibility and technology to theatres. Theatre Forward just concluded Impact Creativity, a campaign to sustain and grow theatre education programs that improve workforce preparedness. This effort was supported by the Hearst Foundations, Ernst & Young, and Wells Fargo, among others.
Prior to Theatre Forward, Whitacre was Managing Director of New York’s Signature Theatre Company for four seasons. He began his career in theatre in the Script Department of Manhattan Theatre Club, and he has been a dramaturg at the Mark Taper Forum, ASK Theatre Projects, and other venues. His corporate experience includes accounting, budgeting and administration in the publishing and banking industries, as well as a three-year stint with the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome, Italy. He holds an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Director of Development
Prior to joining Theatre Forward, Carl had a consulting practice advising and supporting a variety of New York nonprofits in the arts and social services sectors. Previously Carl served as the Director of External Affairs at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Director of Planning and Development at New York Theatre Workshop, and other fundraising and management positions in the cultural sector. Carl has an M.B.A from the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School, an M.A. in Theatre from Hunter College and a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Culture from Columbia University.
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Programs
Prior to joining Theatre Forward, Emily Miller worked for the producers of numerous Broadway shows including Wicked and Hairspray. As a freelance producer/general manager, Ms. Miller has produced numerous shows Off-Broadway and at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. She holds a B.A. in Arts Administration from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
COMMUNICATIONS AND OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE
Prior to joining Theatre Forward, Natalie worked at Starlight Theatre, Cleveland Play House, and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. She holds a Bachelor of Arts – Theatre Performance and a Bachelor of Journalism – Strategic Communication from The University of Missouri where she also recently completed her Master of Arts – Strategic Communication. As part of her degree, Natalie completed a thesis that combined her two loves – theatre and advertising – and focused on the impact that social media has had on Broadway marketing.
Michael P. Lawrence
Gala Planning, Lawrence Company Events