Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates to lead WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Search

July 12, 2016


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(Addison, Texas)…Derek Blount, Chairman of the Board, and Gregory Patterson, Managing Director, today announced the appointment of a national executive search firm to lead WaterTower Theatre’s search for its new Artistic Director.  The Toronto-based cultural management firm of Genovese, Vanderhoff & Associates has been selected to manage the search process. Margaret Genovese will oversee the search on behalf of GV&A.

The Search Committee — which consists of Committee Chair Derek Blount, WTT Board members Rose Colarossi, Stan Graner, and Paul Shultz, plus Managing Director Gregory Patterson – interviewed several national executive search firms that specialize in the arts and culture field.

GV&A will announce details of its search timeline in the coming weeks, including an official position posting and application deadline date.

“Upon review, the Committee unanimously felt that Genovese, Vanderhoof and Associates was the best choice to conduct WaterTower Theatre’s national search.  The firm’s co-principal, Margaret Genovese, has an excellent professional background in the cultural field. She has knowledge of our community (particularly considering the years she worked in Texas and earning her MFA/MBA at SMU) and extensive experience conducting similar searches for more than 200 other arts organizations, both nationally and internationally,” said Search Committee Chair Derek Blount.


About Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates:

Over the past twenty-five years, Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates senior partners Margaret Genovese and Dory Vanderhoof have built one of North America’s leading arts/cultural management consulting firms. GV&A has an unparalleled record of success in assisting clients in executive search, effective planning, capital campaigns, successful facility development, and dramatic improvement to contributed, and earned revenue. The firm’s clients range from the continent’s largest ballet and opera companies, theaters, museums, art galleries and orchestras, to highly specialized cultural organizations such as modern dance companies, folk festivals, theaters for young audiences, science museums, performing arts facilities, historic theaters, living history museums, arts service organizations, and government agencies.  GV&A has a comprehensive knowledge of the North American cultural industry’s best practices, balanced by practical understanding of what is realistically achievable for each unique client institution in its specific operating environment.


Margaret Genovese is a graduate of Brown University with an AB in Cultural Anthropology and received both MBA and MFA degrees from Southern Methodist University (the first graduate of this combined program). She holds a Certificate in Canadian Studies from Ryerson Polytechnic University and was awarded a Fellowship to the Theatre Program of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington. D.C.  Margaret recently received the Robert Johnston Award for Excellence in Human Resources in the Arts. She was recognized for “the significant impact she has made on the field of arts & culture management, her dedication to educating and supporting new generations of cultural works, and her commitment to mentorship within the cultural industry,” and for her significant contribution to the Canadian cultural landscape. She was described as “insightful, passionate, inspiring, and committed to passing on her values of partnership, mentorship, and professionalism to everyone with whom she works.” Prior to moving to Canada, she worked for Trinity Square Repertory Company (Providence, RI), Theatre Company of Boston, Houston’s Alley Theatre, the Association of American Dance Companies, and was Marketing Director for Houston Grand Opera. Margaret has also been Acting Marketing Director on three occasions for the San Francisco Opera. For ten years Margaret served as Director of Planning & Community Relations for the Canadian Opera Company, working for Lotfi Mansouri.  Margaret started her own consulting firm with Dory Vanderhoof in 1989. Margaret and Dory introduced the concept that multi-year strategic and operational planning is the most important ingredient for institutional success, development, and growth. To this end, she has assisted numerous clients to fulfill their mission, stabilize, and grow their institutions through the introduction of a planning process that combines dynamic income maximization programs with considered artistic vision and achievement.


About WaterTower Theatre:

WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.   The Company’s 2016-2017 Season will be its 20th Anniversary season.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas/Fort Worth Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,120 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations, and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre is grateful for the support provided from The Town of Addison, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Schubert Foundation, and the hundreds of individuals, corporations, and foundations whose annual donations make live professional theatre possible in the Town of Addison to be enjoyed by all in North Texas.