League of Chicago Theatres Welcomes New Board and Executive Committee Members

About the Officers

Board Chair Kathryn M. Lipuma has been the Executive Director of Writers Theatre since March 2007 where she is currently leading the planning and creation of a new state of the Art Theatre complex, designed by internationally renowned architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects. Lipuma was Executive Director of Signature Theatre Company in New York for nine years and serves on the Board of Theatre Communications Group. She is the co-creator of DoNorth, an umbrella organization joining four cultural neighbors-Chicago Botanic Garden, Kohl Children's Museum, Ravinia Festival and Writers Theatre-to attract new audiences to the cultural, environmental, and community activities of Chicago's North Shore.

Vice Chair Rachel E. Kraft is in her eighth season as the Executive Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company. Her 20 plus years of experience in arts management include over a decade as director of development at the Goodman Theatre, and key roles with the Arts and Business Council, Northlight Theatre and the Chicago Dance Coalition. Rachel is a charter board member of the documentary film organization the Kindling Group, a trustee of the Jewish Women's Foundation of Chicago, and serves on the Alumnae Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women.

Treasurer Heather Schmucker is Associate Producer at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. She was the Producing Director of the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University for five years and, for seven years, was Producing Director of About Face Theatre.

Secretary Dan McArdle is the Managing Director of The Neo-Futurists. Dan was the Finance Manager at Lookingglass Theatre Company and General Manager of Theatre Seven of Chicago, where he was also an artistic Company Member. He has held arts management positions with Goodman Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut and Forestburgh Playhouse in upstate New York. He is a graduate of DePaul University's MFA/Arts Leadership Program, a two-year program that combines a Fellowship position at Chicago Shakespeare Theater with coursework at DePaul.

About the newly-elected board members

Founding Member and Managing Director of Pavement Group, Brittany Barnes is currently the Development Manager at Victory Gardens Theater and has previously worked at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Chicago Cultural Center Foundation and the Goodman Theatre.

Program Director at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Peter Handler is a teacher and playwright who has helped artists and theatre companies secure grants and awards for the past 8 years through his work with the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and Grantmakers in the Arts.

Chief Marketing and Development Officer for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Bill Melamed has more than twenty years of experience in fundraising and philanthropic leadership, previously serving as Regional Director of Development for Kellogg School of Management, and Vice President of Development at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.

Award-winning actor, director and playwright ReGina Taylor is a member and Artistic Associate of the Goodman Theatre and a resident playwright at NYC's Signature Theatre Company. Taylor is also the National Spokesperson for the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA).

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