Marcus Performing Arts Center Announces Next President & CEO

Kevin Giglinto appointed to lead Milwaukee's premier arts destination.

By: Jun. 06, 2023
Marcus Performing Arts Center Announces Next President & CEO

The Marcus Performing Arts Center (MPAC) Board of Directors announced today that seasoned performing arts leader, Kevin Giglinto, will be the next President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the organization. Giglinto brings more than 25 years of leadership experience with two of the world's most prominent performing arts organizations to the role of MPAC President & CEO. Giglinto will join MPAC in late July. 

“Kevin joins a strong, established leadership team to continue building on MPAC's vision within the community,” said Ray Wilson, Marcus Performing Arts Center Board Chair. “He is a passionate, strategic leader whose experience connecting diverse audiences and building an organization's brand prominence is an ideal fit for advancing the MPAC mission and strategic goals.”

With personal and professional ties to Milwaukee and the Midwest as a Marquette University alum and long-time Chicago resident, Giglinto most recently served at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, he guided the brand position, digital strategy, and long-term vision to build and engage diverse audiences. During his tenure, he played a significant role in the opening of The Kennedy Center's first expansion, The REACH, including gaining support and engagement in the $250 million campaign, and delivering the 16-day opening festival, creating a diverse experience for more than 100,000 community attendees.

“Our search committee saw many talented leaders both locally and from across the country, but Kevin stood out as the best fit for the future of the Marcus Performing Arts Center based on his commitment to audience development and experience growing meaningful patron relationships,” shared Wilson. “Kevin has been on the front end of innovation in the arts, and we're excited for him to leverage his experience to continue raising the profile of MPAC and attracting high-quality arts and cultural programming to the city, state and region.”

Prior to The Kennedy Center, Giglinto held leadership roles with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, including as the Vice President for Strategy and Special Initiatives. During his tenure, he elevated the brand's international reputation, strengthened audience development, and deepened the organization's engagement with the broader Chicago community. Under his guidance, the organization reversed a decade of subscription decline, generating three years of growth and raising renewal rates to over 90 percent. Kevin has also served as Senior Vice President for Client Development and Marketing for the Tessitura Network, a nonprofit company that provides audience development technology and solutions to arts and cultural organizations.

“I've seen Milwaukee evolve and recognize the instrumental role Marcus Performing Arts Center continues to play in the changing cultural landscape of the city,” said Giglinto. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead the organization as its new President and CEO, alongside the established Board and strong leadership team.”

A mission-based non-profit organization located in downtown Milwaukee, the Marcus Performing Arts Center (MPAC) brings high-quality arts and cultural programming to Southeastern Wisconsin. MPAC strives to act as an energizing force that connects the community to the world through collaboration, innovation, social engagement, and the transformative power of the performing arts. Through multiple performance series, community events, and educational experiences, MPAC brings a diverse range of celebrated artists to the region. A fixture in Milwaukee for over 50 years, MPAC is proud to be part of the Milwaukee Theater District as well as a dedicated War Memorial facility. Learn more at


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