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The Impact of Anchor Institutions

AMS Principal, Steven Wolff participated in international and national conference panels. Read More

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Granville Island 2040

AMS partnered with CMHC and HCMA Architecture + Design to re-imagine Granville Island’s arts and culture sector. Read More

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Publication: Performing Arts Center Management

AMS is pleased to announce the publication of “Performing Arts Center Management”.
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Groundbreaking for Greensboro’s Steven B. Tanger Center for the Performing Arts

The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro announced an April 26th groundbreaking. Read More

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Writers Theatre – 2017 AIA Award

AMS congratulates Writers Theatre and Studio Gang on the 2017 AIA Award for Interior Architecture.

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Join our West Coast Team!

Position Opening – Part-time Research/Admin. Asst.

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Turner, Boyke, Cybul

AMS Congratulates 3

AMS is pleased to announce that three members of our team have recently been recognized for their substantial roles in your and our success.


Lynette Turner

Lynette Turner, Senior Associate

Lynette Turner, who joined the firm 18 years ago from her role as the Producing Director of Perseverance Theater in Juneau, Alaska, has been named Senior Associate in recognition of her long tenure and leadership. Lynette has worked with our clients all across the US and overseas. Of particular note is her deep commitment to, and engagement with, non-traditional projects from evaluating Brooklyn Academy of Music’s international DanceMotion USA public diplomacy program on behalf of the US State Department to her role in imagining cultural facilities and programs for the Chocolate Factory and Theatre for a New Audience to the Yakama Nation and the Santa Clara Pueblo.


Danilelle Boyke

Danielle Boyke, Senior Project Manager

Danielle Boyke, who joined AMS in 2011 after graduating with a Master of Business Administration from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration and following a successful career as a stage manager in the Chicago area, has been named Senior Project Manager. With a focus on facility development, Danielle was deeply involved in assisting Writer’s Theatre in their transition to their new home, designed by Jeanne Gang, in Glencoe, IL. She is currently working with clients in Edmonton, Alberta and St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana as they initiate efforts to develop new venues.


Melora Cybul    

Melora Cybul, Consultant

Melora Cybul, who joined AMS just under 2 years ago after graduating with a MBA/MFA in Arts Management from the University of Alabama, has been promoted to the position of Consultant. On projects from feasibility studies to project implementation assignments and policy explorations for national foundations, Melora brings tremendous organizational, analytical and data visualization skills to our work.

Please join us in recognizing these as well as the rest of our dedicated team members, all of whom are committed to helping each and every one of our clients and their communities to “re-think success” and define, refine and develop successful ventures in the arts and cultural sector.

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New Leadership for PACStats

We are pleased to announce Catherine Carter as the new Managing Director of AMS Analytics LLC – the provider of PACStats(sm), the premier benchmarking and performance measurement tool serving performing arts centers and other world-wide data analytics services. Jordan Gross-Richmond has also joined the team as our new Product Director.

Steven Wolff, Principal of AMS Analytics noted “as we grow PACStats to serve a larger and more global constituency, it is terrific to have two such talented professionals join our team.”


Catherine Carter

Catherine is a well-known leader within the arts and entertainment business.  She is the CEO and Co-Founder of VenueCube, an event and management software company.  She is also Principal of Silicon Valley Management Group (SVMG), providing strategic and operational support to some of the finest performing arts centers in the United States.  Prior to working in the arts, Catherine was an Associate Director at Procter & Gamble where she was responsible for strategic planning and financial oversight for some of the company’s largest brands and corporate initiatives.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Wisconsin.  She is an alumna of the Applied Security Analysis Program at the Wisconsin School of Business.

Given her long association with the industry and AMS, many of our colleagues already know or have met Catherine. She brought new skills and perspective to the performing arts center world and has been a comrade in the effort to understand effectiveness and success in the field.  In her new role, Catherine will be responsible for advancing PACStats, developing strategic partnerships, and supporting worldwide expansion.  Catherine works and lives in Palo Alto, CA.


Jordan Gross-Richmond

Jordan Gross-Richmond has extensive experience in client management and business operations.  He is a co-founder of Angeles Partners and was Chief of Operations for Meor Foundation, a multinational non-profit based in the Middle East with operations on three continents.  Before moving abroad, he was a business intelligence analyst with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Jordan is a vocal advocate for music and arts education and serves as a founding member of the Rising Leaders Council, a committee dedicated to building new audiences under the helm of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  Jordan studied advanced Talmudic and Middle-Age commentary in Jerusalem, Israel, and holds a B.A. in Music Performance from UCLA.  Jordan works and lives in Cleveland, OH.

About AMS Analytics LLC

AMS Analytics LLC is an affiliate of AMS Planning & Research and developed PACStatssm,  the standard‐setting benchmarking and performance measurement tool that helps performing arts centers proactively manage operations, measure impact, and guide performance improvement. Developed in consultation with top industry leaders, PACStats gathers, analyzes, and compares hundreds of data points from dozens of performing arts centers each year. In addition to the online benchmarking tool, PACStats is both a real and virtual community where leaders exchange ideas and information, explore change, and develop professional relationships that enhance their skills and leadership.

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CV Magazine Award

AMS Earns Award

CV Magazine AwardAMS is pleased to announce that the firm has been named by Corporate Vision Magazine as the Best Facility Planning Consultancy – 2016 North America (pdf). As we begin a new year, we thank all of our clients for their confidence in us as well as all the members of our team for their commitment to our work, our clients, and to the field.

We anticipate a bright 2017 with Director Bill Blake actively managing our west coast office and our new PACStats leadership team, Catherine Carter and Jordan Gross-Richmond, who will continue to develop and enhance our unparalleled industry benchmarking platform PACStatssm along with the incredible thought leadership each AMS team member contributes to our work.

We look forward to a new year of re-thinking success, exploring mission, sharing stories, and promoting the diversity that makes our industry exceptional.

Read the full article from Corporate Vision Magazine (pdf).













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Writers Theatre Honored

writers-theatreAMS congratulates Writers Theatre on the following awards and recognitions:

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam recently received a special tribute at the 48th annual Joseph Jefferson Awards, being honored for outstanding theatrical accomplishments and contributions to Chicagoland theater.

Writers Theatre’s new facility, designed by Studio Gang Architects, has received three American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago 2016 Design Excellence Awards, earning Honor Awards in the Interior Architecture and Devine Detail categories and a Citation of Merit in the Distinguished Building category.

The project has also been shortlisted for a 2016 World Architecture Festival Award in the ‘Culture-Completed’ category. Winners will be chosen at the Festival in Berlin in November.

The new facility was also named ‘Best New Arts Venue’ by Chicago Magazine in its 2016 Best of Chicago listing.

AMS is honored to have served as owner’s counsel throughout the planning, design, and construction of the new facility, which opened in February 2016.

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