Steven A. Wolff
Steven A. Wolff, CMC is the founding Principal of AMS Planning & Research and AMS Analytics. He works from the firm's Connecticut headquarters. For over 25 years, Steven has provided counsel to leading arts, culture and entertainment enterprises on strategic initiatives, the planning and development of capital facilities and arts market and consumer research.
Steven has participated in the development of more than $4 billion of new and renovated capital facilities for the arts. AMS has played an instrumental role in the planning and operation of many of the most significant arts center projects in North America. Among the most recent, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts (Las Vegas), AT&T (Dallas) Center for Performing Arts, the Dr. Phillips (Orlando) Performing Arts Center and new homes for Signature Theatre and Theatre for a New Audience in New York City and Writers' Theatre in Chicago, among many others. Steven has guided projects through all stages, from needs assessment through project definition to site selection, financing and project implementation and operation.
In the area of strategic planning and organizational development, Steven provides research and management counsel to explore innovative new business models, including change initiatives, governance, management audits, long-range strategic planning and program design and evaluation for diverse organizations: the historic Apollo Theater, the Music Center of Los Angeles County, the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and universities from Dartmouth College to Stanford University, as well as national foundations, leading producers, presenters and national service organizations.
AMS's research practice, AMS Analytics, is an acknowledged industry leader in benchmarking, operations analysis, arts consumer and market information, whose clients include performing arts centers, symphony orchestras, commercial theatrical producers, presenters, children's theater companies, ballet companies, museums and other arts agencies. Steven developed PAC Statssm, an international benchmarking initiative, introduced in 2002, for major performing arts centers, which is now used by more than 30 of the largest performing arts centers across North America.
Steven is on the faculty at the Yale School of Drama, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in theater administration and teaches Decision Support. He is a frequent keynote speaker at national conferences, including the League of American Orchestras, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centers and League of Historic American Theatres, among others, and a guest lecturer at major universities.
He is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and holds the designation Certified Management Consultant (CMC). Steven is a board member and chair of the Arts Committee of the Fairfield County Community Foundation and served as an officer on the Board the nationally-known Westport Country Playhouse (2001 - 2006). He is on the Board of the Mount Snow Academy and NYYC Regatta Association and served on the Executive Committee of the New York Yacht Club (2002 - 2008).