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AMS Welcomes Sooyoung Hwang

shwangAMS is delighted to welcome our new intern, Sooyoung Hwang, who will be working with us until December.

Originally from Korea, most recently, Sooyoung served as the Associate Managing Director of Yale School of Drama/Special Events at Yale Repertory Theatre, where she oversaw student productions and Yale Repertory Theatre’s No Boundaries series, while earning her M.F.A. in Theater Management.

In Korea, Sooyoung specialized in new work development as an associate producer at the Performing Arts Division of CJ Entertainment & Media, the country’s largest entertainment company prior to coming to Yale. She also served as a strategy analyst to create international and domestic business strategies for the Performing Arts Division, focusing on global market research, international partnership scenario modeling and analysis.

Sooyoung’s work at AMS includes participation on our project teams for The Guthrie Theater, BAM’s DanceMotion program, and the Mellon Foundation.


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Design Unveiled: Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center

wtcpacCongratulations to our colleagues at the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center on their design unveiling and the announcement of their new board chair. The venue is slated to open in 2020. AMS has a long history with the development of the new PAC, providing strategic counsel and financial and organizational planning, and continues working with the leadership team in implementation.

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AMS Welcomes Megan Friedman

AMS is delighted to welcome our newest Analyst, Megan Friedman. Megan is currently a student in the Master of Arts in Arts Administration program at Goucher College, and has a B.A. in Theater Arts/Design and Production from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, Television and Digital Media.

Meg began with AMS as an intern this summer and will continue providing support for multiple projects including the proposed performing arts center in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana; a feasibility study for a performing arts center at Auburn University, Alabama; and cultural asset mapping for Hillsborough County, Florida.

Please join us in welcoming Meg.

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AMS Welcomes Bill Blake Back as West Coast Director

Bill_Blake_6x9_6816 CROPPEDAMS is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Blake as AMS’s West Coast Director. Bill rejoins AMS after having served as the Managing Director of B Street Theatre in Sacramento. In addition to driving the diverse activity of the company, Bill led the effort to develop its new home. The $24 million landmark theatre complex will be part of the City of Sacramento’s vision of a new central city mixed-use district that includes street enhancements and entertainment.

Bill’s work with AMS has included over 50 consulting and planning projects, including strategic plans, business plans and feasibility studies for museums, historic theaters, and performing arts centers (including Folsom Lake College’s Brice W. Harris Performing Arts Center). In addition, he previously served as General Manager of the Everett Performing Arts Center and an administrator at Village Theatre, both in Washington State, and as an arts educator for Seattle Children’s Theatre and Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California.

Bill holds a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from Goucher College in Baltimore and an undergraduate degree in Theatre Production from Principia College. In 2009 the Arts and Business Council of Sacramento honored him as Arts Executive of the Year. Bill is a native of Kansas City and lives in East Sacramento with his wife, Emily, and their daughter, Raji.

Please join us in welcoming back Bill and click here for more news on his transition from B Street Theatre to AMS.

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A New Chapter for the Apollo Theater

ApolloAMS is pleased to congratulate the Apollo Theater, long-time AMS strategic planning client, on the appointment of Kamilah Forbes as Executive Producer, beginning in September 2016. Ms. Forbes will bring her experience as an award-winning director, producer, and cofounder of HiARTS/Hip Hop Theater Festival, to continue the Apollo’s mission in expanding their artistic vision, which began during predecessor Mikki Shepard’s tenure. AMS has been deeply engaged in the Apollo’s transformation from its legacy as a springboard for amateur musical talent, and rental venue, to an immersed performing arts center serving Harlem and all of New York City. AMS has worked with staff and board leadership for more than a decade to maximize the effectiveness of its mission and “rethink success” in changing times.



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Changing the Game at Auburn University

Auburn UniversityAMS is assisting Auburn University to determine how a new performing arts venue would complement the campus community and the City of Auburn. Our study is focused on how the new facility would complement existing area venues, looks at how facility innovations might impact programming, operation and design, and investigates operational and financial outcomes of the project. AMS is also supporting the University in a design charette to bring multiple architectural firms to the campus to learn how they work and to develop design ideas from multiple perspectives. For more news, click here.

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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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