BURLINGTON, VT — Anna Marie Gewirtz, recent Acting President and CEO at State Theatre New Jersey, has been hired to succeed outgoing Executive Director John Killacky at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.
Gewirtz brings 20 years of experience in arts and cultural institutions to the Flynn. At State Theatre, Gewirtz managed a 1,850-seat historic venue and was responsible for leading teams that generated more than $10 million in revenue per year, including over $3 million annually in contributed income. Since joining in February 2013, Gewirtz and her staff increased annual contributed income by 45%, raised over $7.5 million for capital improvements, and established community advisory committees to broaden and diversify audiences.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the dedicated staff and board to help further the mission of the Flynn Center,” said Gewirtz. “For years, I have admired the Flynn’s wide-ranging artistic programming and its wonderful arts education and outreach. I’m excited for the opportunity to lead this celebrated organization and build on the Flynn’s remarkable legacy of providing diverse and engaging performing arts experiences to every member of the community.”
Gewirtz also served as Director of Individual Giving at Liberty Science Center, where she was responsible for overseeing major gifts, the annual fund, and the Women’s Leadership Council. Formerly, she was Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, securing six- and seven-figure grants and sponsorships, and managing domestic and international tour activations. Previous roles also include Director of Marketing and Development at Caucus Educational Corporation and helping establish the international Planet Hip Hop Festival at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). In 2017, she was honored with the Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals NJ. Gewirtz was one of five marketing professionals to receive the NJBIZ “40 Under 40” Award and was also honored by Leading Women Entrepreneurs in 2017.
“The search committee is very excited to have Anna Marie as our new executive director for the Flynn,” said Staige Davis, Flynn Center Board Vice-Chair and Chair of the Search Committee. “Her enthusiasm, qualifications, and character make her a great fit for the Flynn and a worthy successor to John Killacky. Her hallmarks include great communication, marketing, operational and team building skills, fundraising success, and leadership ability. We hope you will join us in welcoming Anna Marie and her family to the Flynn community.”
Anna Marie Gewirtz Named Flynn Center Executive Director
Killacky joined the Flynn in 2010. The Flynn flourished under Killacky’s leadership, growing to a $7.7 million operating budget while maintaining the organization’s commitment to presenting exceptional artistic, educational, and community engagement programs, and serving as a home for Vermont artists and arts organizations. Access and inclusion were priorities during Killacky’s time at the Flynn. The Flynn now works with 75 human and social service agencies to provide discounted tickets for their clients, hosts 38,000 students who attend student matinees (7,300 attend free) and provides $30,000 in scholarships so everyone can participate in ongoing classes and camps. Programs expanded to serve both artists and audiences with disabilities.
Of Gewirtz’s selection, Killacky says, “I thank the search committee and the board for this wonderful appointment. I am so excited that Anna Marie is joining the Flynn as the new executive director. Her fundraising acumen, along with strategic planning expertise will assuredly catapult the organization into its next vibrant chapter. She is the right person for us at the right time.”
Flynn Board Chair Eric Flegenheimer said, “We are incredibly fortunate to have attracted someone as qualified and accomplished as Anna Marie Gewirtz to follow John Killacky as the Flynn’s next executive director. The board will be working with both John and Anna Marie over the coming weeks to ensure a seamless transition of leadership. Plans for a free community-wide celebration in honor of John is scheduled for June 26 and will be announced shortly.”
The Flynn Center Board retained Genovese Vanderhoof and Associates to lead the national search that brings Anna Marie Gewirtz to the Flynn Center.