Hennepin Theatre Trust Welcomes Judy Joseph to Staff, Travis Barkve to Board

Hennepin Theatre Trust Welcomes Judy Joseph to Staff, Travis Barkve to Board

Hennepin Theatre Trust is pleased to announce that Judy Joseph has joined the organization as Vice President of Programming. Joseph brings nearly 30 years of experience working at various sized venues including large performing arts centers such as the Straz Center and the Broward Center in Florida. She adds her expertise to an existing Trust team that successfully programs hundreds of events ranging from tours of Tony winning Broadway shows, concerts and comedy to local collaborations presented in the prestigious Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres.

"Judy brings a wealth of national experience, talent, energy and relationships that are key to activating the downtown Cultural District," commented Tom Hoch, President/CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. "She is a savvy and recognized arts leader who will be an asset in fostering high quality, creative initiatives to make our city better for residents, businesses, artists and visitors."

Judy Joseph has worked extensively in performing arts centers for most of her career, including the Straz Center in Tampa and Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. She has more than two decades of experience developing a diverse range of activities for theaters of all sizes that engage the community on multiple levels. She has also produced shows ranging from smaller productions to those bound for Broadway. Joseph has held the office of President for two large industry organizations-The Florida Facility Managers Association and the Florida Professional Presenters Consortium-and is a member of the Broadway League. As the downtown Cultural District cultivates urban revitalization with new programming initiatives such as free public entertainment in The Parklot pop-up parks and Made Here window showcases in vacant storefronts, and expands upon education opportunities offered through the Trust's SpotLight Musical Theatre Program for high schools, Joseph will be instrumental in uniting programming that continues to enrich Minneapolis' vibrancy and prosperity.

Travis L. Barkve Elected to

Hennepin Theatre Trust Board of Trustees

Hennepin Theatre Trust today announced the election of Travis L. Barkve of Venture Bank to its Board of Trustees. Providing leadership and expertise to the Trust, the board has extensive professional experience in the arts and philanthropy, retail, politics, communications, real estate, business, law and finance.

Travis L. Barkve is Chief Financial Officer at Venture Bank, overseeing areas including corporate finance, the annual budget, risk management and strategic direction. He has worked with Venture Bank since 2001, progressively advancing through the organization from Credit Analyst, Operations Analyst and VP/Financial Officer to attain his current position. Barkve has a business economics degree from South Dakota State University and will complete an Executive MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management in 2015. He has extended his knowledge through the Financial Managers Society, the Minnesota Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota. He values creative collaboration and works to foster a culture of excellence.

"We are honored to welcome Travis to our Board," commented Tom Hoch, President/CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. "His expertise in the financial realm and broad professional perspective are invaluable as we expand collaborative downtown projects like the Made Here art window showcases in vacant storefronts, launch pop-up parks like The Parklot next to the Orpheum Theatre and make the Cultural District come alive."

Trustees bring a broad range of talent to Hennepin Theatre Trust and serve staggered three year terms. As residents of Minneapolis/St. Paul and the surrounding areas, they are passionate about the positive contributions arts and culture can make in activating the downtown Minneapolis Cultural District. Hennepin Theatre Trust's Board of Trustees is: Travis Barkve, Scott Benson, Daniel Pierce Bergin, John Blackshaw, Ralph W. Burnet, Sonia Cairns, Andrea Christenson, Dan Cramer, Thomas L. Hoch, Linda C. Ireland, Jeannie Joas, Barbara Klaas, James Linnett, Mark Marjala, Annette Thompson Meeks, Jay Novak, Jann L. Olsten, David Orbuch, Brian J. Pietsch, Thomas J. Rosen, Ann Simonds, Julie Beth Vipperman and Tom Vitt.

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