Event: Art, Culture, Urban Design, and Capital: Shaping Cities for the Future


AMS Principal, Steven Wolff will join industry colleagues in the discussion, “Art, Culture, Urban Design, and Capital: Shaping Cities for the Future.” The discussion, hosted by the AIA New York Chapter will take place at The Center for Architecture, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM THURSDAY, MARCH 31. For more information or to register, click here.

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Auburn University seeks proposals from qualified professionals to consult with the University in the: development of architectural and engineering bidding documents for the new Performing Arts Center (AU Project Number: 15-158).

Details regarding this RFQ can be found here.



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AMS congratulates Writers Theatre on NEA Grant


AMS is proud to congratulate Writers Theatre as recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant of $20,000, in support of its production of Arcadia by Tom Stoppard.

The play, opening in March 2016, is the first to take place in the organization’s new theatre center, at 325 Tudor Court in Glencoe, within the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre. Writers Theatre is a well-known Chicagoland cultural destination that embarked on a $34 million “On to a New Stage” campaign in order to establish their new venue. The new facilities will enable the theatre to accommodate audience growth, while proving the intimacy and artistry, for which the organization is renowned.

For more information, read the Writers Theatre announcement, download the NEA news release (pdf format), or visit the organization’s construction updates page.

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AMS Intern Joins Seattle’s Art Interruptions

Art Interruptions, SeattleThe artwork of AMS intern, Hanako O’Leary is featured along Seattle’s Central Area Neighborhood Greenway until January 3rd, 2016. The program, Art Interruptions, a product of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, highlights the way in which artists respond to their environments and their communities. Based on community interviews, Hanako’s work incorporates the likes and dislikes, hopes and dreams for the future of the Central Area neighborhood, through a series of textile installations and collages in the form of Japanese Koi fish.


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Jordan Gross-Richmond, Director of Knowledge Management

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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 audience 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.

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Kristian Otten, Analyst

Kristian Otten

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Kristian Otten is an Analyst with AMS Planning & Research, based in the Southport, Connecticut office. His current work includes a market assessment and business plan for the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport, RI; strategic planning for the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, CA; consulting support for planning, operator procurement, and implementation of a new downtown performance space for the City of New Rochelle, NY; a feasibility study for venues at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA; and a utilization forecast for The Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco, CA.

Kristian is currently pursuing a particular interest in the inner workings of the commercial music industry and its relationship with not-for-profit and municipal entities, manifest through recent work on an operating model study for the Starlight Bowl Amphitheater, owned by the City of Burbank, CA. Other notable recent work has included a performing arts center market impact study for the City of Rochester, NY; research and analysis of the impact of the Mellon Foundation’s New York Theater Program on the local, regional, and national nonprofit theater landscape; a facility feasibility study for a nonprofit performing arts center and opera house in Alameda, CA; and a facility use business plan for a theater company in Hartford, CT. He has also provided support for a diversity of other AMS projects including a transition, implementation, and strategic planning for Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL and an executive search for the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts.

Kristian holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University. He also holds a B.M. in Music Performance (bassoon) from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (IL).

Prior to joining AMS, Kristian worked for the off-Broadway general management firm Daryl Roth Theatrical Management in New York City. He also worked as Assistant Company Manager for the off-Broadway production iLuminate. Kristian is an active musician, and in tandem with his work at AMS, he serves as Director of Music and Worship Arts for the Covenant Church of Easton, Connecticut.


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Brynn Elcock, Analyst

Brynn Elcock

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Brynn Elcock is an Analyst with AMS Planning & Research in the Southport, CT office. At AMS, Brynn engages in business planning, strategic planning, facilities planning, and market research. With a background in arts and business, Brynn brings a unique blend of creative and analytical skills to her work. She regularly conducts interviews, creates survey instruments, develops operating models, and utilizes secondary data sources to inform decision-making and drive change.

Brynn’s experience spans from large-scale planning projects with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC) and the Perelman Center at the World Trade Center (NY), to projects focused on augmenting the arts in smaller communities including with the Village of Saranac Lake (NY), the Mammoth Lakes Foundation (CA), and the Town of Breckenridge (CO). She recently completed benchmarking analyses for the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (PA), Vancouver Civic Theatres (BC), City of Rochester (NY), and Cal Performances (CA), and she developed comprehensive market research reports for the New York Botanical Garden (NY), Proctors (NY), and Van Wezel Foundation (FL). Brynn has also assisted in AMS’s work with Arena Stage (DC), Maryland State Arts Council (MD), and the University of Virginia (VA).

In addition to her consulting role, Brynn serves as the lead analyst for AMS Analytics. In this capacity, she analyzes operational data for 40+ major performing arts centers across the United States and Canada, and assists in developing annual reports on industry trends.

As an active member of Americans for the Arts, Brynn was awarded a 2018 Emerging Leaders Scholarship to attend the AFTA Annual Convention, and accepted an invitation to host a Creative Conversation in honor of National Arts & Humanities Month.

Prior to joining AMS, Brynn graduated from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management with an M.S. in Management. She also holds a B.M. in Piano Performance and a Certificate in Arts Administration from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. A passionate advocate for social impact, Brynn founded Classical Connections, an Indiana University based organization which partners conservatory students with underserved areas of the community. Outside of AMS, Brynn is a pianist, marathoner, and traveler.

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Andrew Lane, Accounting Manager

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Andrew joined AMS Planning & Research in 2019 as the in-house accountant. Prior to coming to AMS, Andrew worked in public accounting at Price Waterhouse followed by several positions within a private Information/Publishing Multi-national. He also has experience with smaller business start-ups and has worked in the non-profit and franchise lending sectors. Andrew also supports his family’s dance, fitness, and performing arts studio.

Andrew graduated with a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and holds a CPA certification. Outside of AMS, Andrew is a yoga instructor, guitarist, singer songwriter, and certified contemporary voice teacher.

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