executive director resume example with 19+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
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Executive Profile

Theatre professional with operation management and artistic experience seeking a meaningful leadership role in LA theatre.  Results-driven, collaborative and strategic with a passion for theatre, its artistry and operational challenges.  Broad scope of experience includes administration, budgeting, fundraising, marketing, ticketing and sales.  Adept at assessing operations and implementing improvements to optimize business efficiency.  Particularly strong in utilizing technology, and strengthening and increasing client relationships.  Directing and literary background includes working with a diverse range of LA actors, writers, companies, and theatres.  

Skill Highlights
  • Strategic thinker and planner
  • Contract negotiations
  • Special event planning
  • Data-driven strategy
  • Budgeting 
  • Grant writing 
  • Environmental impact 
  • Facilities management
Core Accomplishments
  • Reorganized business operations and digital presence of the Electric Lodge Performing Arts Center.  
  • Raised $2.8 million in program and capital charitable contributions during nine years at CTG.
  • Sold $3.6 million in live performance group tickets during six years at Pantages Theatre.
  • Enacted systems for carbon data reporting and expanded recycling programs while at Cal Rep.
Professional Experience
Executive Director, 04/2014 to Current
State Of DelawareBellefonte, DE,
  • Directed daily operations including financial, human resources, marketing, booking, and contract negotiations to generate 13.8% increase of revenue for a multi-space performing arts/rental venue.​
  • Advised Founder and Board of Directors on long-term strategic planning, community building, fundraising and capital investments to achieve baseline profit.
  • Maintained a positive work environment by recommending or implementing personnel actions, such as employee selection, evaluation, rewards, and mentorship of eight staffers.
  • Ensured environmental compliance (AEP guidelines) by cutting water usage by 55%, reducing HVAC energy consumption by 37.5% and increasing solar output by 35.75%.  
Theatre Manager, 08/2012 to 04/2015
Regal Cinemas CorporationEastvale, CA,
  • Co-managed daily operations of two university theatres and a 120-seat off-site theatrical venue.
  • Oversaw team of 12 work/study students and numerous volunteers on front-of-house operations.   
  • Assisted in coordinating annual GALA and high school theatre festival with over 5,000 participants.
  • Introduced environmental sustainability best practices including recycling, CO₂ measuring and water reduction.
Group Sales/Marketing Assistant, 05/2006 to 07/2012
Pantages TheatreCity, STATE,
  • Prospected and sold volume theatre tickets to Broadway LA series to group buyers, tour leaders and affinity groups.
  • Coordinated with general management and ushers to accommodate group tours and special receptions.      
  • Tracked and monitored volume ticket buyers through detailed record keeping using Arctics (Ticketmaster system).  
  • Kept abreast of industry sales trends and leveraged knowledge to better serve clients.  
  • Assisted in the related exploration of group sales strategies (pricing, demographic research, etc).  
  • Researched and assisted in the coordination of marketing opportunities within local tourism industries. 
Donor Advisor, 07/2001 to 06/2009
Center Theatre GroupCity, STATE,
  • Raised over $250k annually through active solicitation of current subscribers, lapsed subscribers, current Inner Circle and Entertainment Circle members.
  • Followed-up with donors to collect outstanding pledge payments.
  • Maintained proficiency with Tessitura, CTG’s donor database system.
  • Attend Founders Room dinners, opening/closing night receptions and other events with donors as needed. 
MFA/MBA: Theatre Management , Expected in 2015
Cal State University, Long Beach - Long Beach, CA
Coursework in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Statistics.  
Bachelor of Arts: Theatre Arts, Expected in 1999
Cal State University, Fullerton - Fullerton, CA
Coursework in Dramatic Theory, History, Criticism, Dramaturgy, Stage Design, Acting, Directing. 
Director: Athena Theatre, Moving Arts, 24th Street Theatre, East/West Players, Stella Adler Theatre, Santa Monica Rep
Assistant Director: "Nothing But The Truth" (2004), "Oleanna" (2009) Mark Taper Forum
Dramaturg: Center Theatre Group, ASK Theatre Projects, Native Voices, Playwrights Arena, Moving Arts.
Assistant Literary Manager: Fountain Theatre

Commercial Theatre Institute (alumni), Stage Directors and Choreographers (associate)
League of Historic American Theatres (member), LA Historic Theatre Foundations (member)
LA Stage Alliance (organization), Arts:Earth Partnership (organization)
Venice Chamber of Commerce (organization)

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School Attended

  • Cal State University, Long Beach
  • Cal State University, Fullerton

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  • Executive Director
  • Theatre Manager
  • Group Sales/Marketing Assistant
  • Donor Advisor


  • Bachelor of Arts

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