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.