This Fellowship program seeks to answer the question: What’s next? and looks to the future by bringing together insightful and energetic leadership and emerging models in a convergence of participatory practice and action learning. The new frontier of creative leadership requires new competencies, skills and sensitivities that are adaptive, engaging and relevant.  This program aims to introduce an alternative model for professional development that balances traditional structure with increased creativity and experimentation.

The September session focused on creating personal vision statements which we hope will anchor the Fellows work throughout the year.

Guest Speakers

Karena-Fiorenza-IngersollKarena Fiorenza Ingersoll – Karena brings over a decade of experience as a leader, fundraiser and producer in the performing arts. She currently serves as the Associate Managing Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where she also line produces and manages all of the new play development efforts under the aegis of The Ground Floor. Most recently, she was the Associate Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, where she oversaw a $1.6 million artistic budget. Prior to Yale, she worked as the Annual Fund Manager at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley and served as the Executive Director of Robert Moses’ Kin, a small modern dance company in San Francisco. Internationally, Karena has lived in Mexico City, working for a non-profit humanitarian group where she focused on mentoring, strategic marketing and donor cultivation. Karenais a freelance arts management consultant in the Bay Area, participant in TCG’s SPARK leadership program, the President of the Berkeley Cultural Trust and a proud member of the Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network. She holds two bachelor degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA from Theater Management from Yale University, where she was the recipient of the August Coppola Scholarship and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts Scholarship.   [contact info]  

Ted RussellTed Russell has served as an Arts Senior Program Officer at the James Irvine Foundation since 2005. Previously,Ted was Director of Marketing at Montalvo Arts Center, Audience Development Manager for the SF Symphony, Annual Fund Director at the La Jolla Playhouse, Managing Director of Malashock Dance & Company, and Director of the Jazz at the Wadsworth series at UCLA. In his Web 1.0 phase, Ted worked at, as Senior Manager of Online Marketing and for as Marketing Director. Ted serves on the boards of Children’s Arts Guild Community Initiatives. He has served as a board member for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Joe Goode Performance Group, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and is a former Co-Chair of Northern California Grantmakers’ Arts Loan Fund. He holds a BA in mechanical engineering from Yale, and an M.B.A. in arts management from UCLA.  [Tweeter | @artsted]  

Reading List

Group Notes