Megan Friedman is an Analyst with AMS Planning & Research, based in the Southport, Connecticut office. She gathers and synthesizes data for strategic planning projects, feasibility studies, and to support a range of organizational decisions by AMS’s clients and partners.
Meg interviews industry leaders, researches industry trends ranging from consumer preferences to cutting-edge venue design and the arts workforce, and produces dynamic financial and evaluation models to support a wide range of projects.
Past projects include the inaugural strategic plan for Assets for Artists, a program of MASS MoCA, and a robust strategic plan for the New England Foundation for the Arts. Meg has researched trends and best practices in performing arts center design and operations for the City of Boise, Idaho and the Kentucky Center for the Arts, and provided supporting research for a chapter in Routledge’s Performing Arts Center Management. She conducted research into best practices of global cultural districts for Granville Island in Vancouver, British Columbia and assisted in a cultural asset mapping process for Hillsborough County, Florida. Current projects include a significant new performing arts center in Sarasota, Florida, and research to support an arts sector investment strategy for The McConnell Foundation in Redding, California.
Meg holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Goucher College and a BA in Theater Design and Production from UCLA. Prior to joining AMS, Meg was a freelance Equity stage manager and worked on Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as at leading regional theaters.
In addition to research and planning, Meg tweets from @AMSarts, along with several other AMS team members. In her spare time, Meg can be found scrolling through BoardSource, Nonprofit Quarterly and American Theatre articles. Meg is a California native and resides in New Haven.