Melora Cybul is a consultant with AMS Planning & Research. Since joining the AMS team in 2015, she has worked on numerous projects in facilities planning, operations assessment, program design, and industry research.
Melora has worked with organizations across the country to explore the feasibility, form, and function of new, renovated or expanded cultural facilities, including Auburn University, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and Ball & Socket Arts. She enables clients to define or re-think success for their communities by synthesizing stakeholder input, mapping cultural assets, analyzing historical trends, and modeling scenarios given programmatic aspirations or potential capital investment.
In addition to market and best practices research, Melora co-authored a white paper on performing arts center development for the City of Boise and supported a team led by former BAM president and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation senior fellow Karen Brooks Hopkins to understand the role of anchor arts institutions and the impacts of those organizations on their communities. Melora has also supported national executive searches for the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts and Auburn University.
Before joining AMS, Melora worked with organizations including the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Springer Opera House, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and Georgia Thespians. She has presented research at Theatre Symposium and is an active member of IAVM, through which she presented at the Performing Arts Managers Conference, interned with the Venue Management School, and currently serves on the Performing Arts Committee. Melora holds an MBA and an MFA in Theatre Management from the University of Alabama and a BS in Theatre Education from Columbus State University.