Podcast Episode 103 – The CEO of the American Theatre Wing, Heather Hitchens
When you run the 100-year-old organization that created the Tony Awards, you know you’ve got a big job.
But what I so admire about Heather Hitchens, is that as important of a responsibility as the Tony Awards are, she remains just as focused if not more so on the countless, less-sexy, educational programs that the American Theatre Wing administers.
As the CEO of The Wing, she helps inspire, educate, and endow students, audiences, and theater companies all over the country . . . helping to insure that the theater will not only survive the next 100 years but thrive over the next 100 years.
Tune into this week’s episode with this super-power of an Arts Administrator (wait until you hear all the companies she worked for prior to The Wing), and hear us chat about . . .
- How she transitioned from behind a drum set to behind the American Theatre Wing.
- What keeps her going to the office every day, regardless of how tough it gets.
- The brand new program at The Wing that she’s most excited about.
- The three things she looks for when deciding whether or not to give an organization money.
- Why commercial and non-profit theaters are more similar than you think.
It’s easy for all of us to pay attention to the stuff that happens on the stages. But Heather is a great reminder that the theater’s future is also dependent on the people that are in offices on the 11th floor of a midtown office building.
And I for one am thankful Heather Hitchens is in that office working on all of our behalf’s.
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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.