With more than 20 years of practical experience in the non-profit performing arts arena, Michele has a thorough understanding of the operating issues and opportunities facing many of our performing arts organizations.
At AMS, Michele specializes in partnering with clients to guide their organizations through institutional development, as well as implementation of new arts facilities. Most recently, her work in St. Tammany Parish, LA supported the Parish government with a process to define a Cultural Arts District and Performing Arts Center. She led Auburn University through testing and development of a performing arts center concept, assisted in the architect selection process, supported the University in its Executive Director search process, and partnered with the design and construction team in a decision support role. Michele has also partnered with New Spire Arts, in Frederick, MD, to provide a comprehensive planning approach to assist with organizational development and strategy for a new performing arts and education facility in two newly acquired buildings.
Recent planning and strategy work includes partnership with GableStage to implement a long-range plan to relocate into a new, expanded theatre at the site of the former Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. In her work with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts she guided the management team through a methodology to evaluate program options for its new expansion through a definition of success and desired artist, patron and institutional outcomes. Strategic planning counsel for New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) included multiple scenarios in order to be nimble in an environment of unsettled public funding outcomes. Her process guides organizations to define a shared vision for success, analyzes and assesses lines of business, and creates detailed plans with recommendations for implementation. Michele’s passion is to enable organizations to adapt within an evolving environment while maximizing value to their stakeholders and community.
Prior to joining AMS Planning & Research in 2006, Michele served as Chief Operating Officer of the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, where she oversaw design and financial planning for a proposed multi-theatre arts complex. Key responsibilities for that organization included planning for all operational aspects of the venues, engagement of the arts and cultural community, financial management and planning, and coordination of the development team.
Within her 15 years of orchestra management, she served as Executive Director of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2002. During that time, she oversaw organizational growth of 30% (including a successful capital campaign for endowment) and was instrumental in developing several creative outreach and education programs.
A native of New Jersey, Michele earned her B.A. degree at the University of Michigan. She resides in Richmond, Virginia.