Since 1983, MCA has had a rich involvement with arts and cultural organizations of all types and sizes throughout the country including theatres, museums, music and dance companies, performing arts centers, science centers, historical societies, colleges and universities, service organizations, public agencies, arts councils, and foundations.

Our services include consultations in executive search for senior level leadership, planning, organizational analysis, board and staff retreats, seminar/workshop development and facilitation.

We work with organizations in all stages of development - from new start-ups to established institutions - including those grappling with complex issues of founder succession and transition.

Current Executive Searches

  • President - The Clay Center, Charleston, WV
    President - The Clay Center, Charleston, WV

    After breaking ground for construction in 1999, the $120 million Clay Center opened on July 12, 2003. Seventy percent of the funds raised during the capital campaign for the Center came from private sources.  The Center remains one of the most ambitious economic, cultural and educational undertakings in West Virginia history.  The Center is supported by an endowment of $40 million.

  • Executive Director - The Grand Theatre, Wausau Performing Arts Foundation, Wausau, WI
    Executive Director - The Grand Theatre, Wausau Performing Arts Foundation, Wausau, WI

    The Grand is the home base for the Wausau Area Performing Arts Foundation, Inc., a private nonprofit community arts organization established in 1972.  With a mission to promote excellence in the performing arts in North Central Wisconsin, the Performing Arts Foundation (P.A.F.) reaches over 150,000 people each year with performances and instructional programs. With the grand opening of ArtsBlock in 2002, the Performing Arts Foundation established a new energy in the Wausau area to fulfill its various roles:

  • Artistic Director, The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN
    Artistic Director, The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN

    The Guthrie Theater opened in 1963 to perform classics in rotating repertory with a company, although Sir Tyrone Guthrie always envisioned the development of new work as well.  Five years later, the Guthrie added a broader range of productions on smaller stages, and that tradition mostly continued over the ensuing decades.  Subsequent artistic leadership included such luminaries as Michael Langham, Liviu Ciulei, and Garland Wright.  Next came Joe Dowling who has announced that he will step down in 2015 after 20 years of leadership.

  • President/CEO - LexArts, Lexington, KY

    For the past 25 years, LexArts has served the greater Lexington community as its premier cultural development, advocacy and fund raising organization. In its dual role as both the area arts council and united arts fund, LexArts provides a wide range of programs and services designed to integrate the arts into the daily lives of the residents of Lexington.

    LexArts plays a key leadership role in the arts community, often serving as primary voice of advocacy and expertise. Many credit the agency with being the catalyst that has elevated the management, governance and program delivery skills of the groups.

  • Deputy Director for Education & Audience Engagement - Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

    "Montclair, as generously endowed by Nature, may be enriched by Art and so rendered even more attractive as a select residential town." – William T. Evans (1909), Montclair civic leader who presided over the commission that led to the founding of the Montclair Art Museum. He was the largest collector of American art up to World War I.

    A notable community institution with an international reputation, the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is still located in the same—though now thrice-expanded—building in which it opened in 1914. Situated amid a beautiful, tree-lined residential area of Montclair, New Jersey, just 12 miles west of New York City, the Museum is esteemed for its holdings of American and Native American art, its exhibitions, its family and public programs, and its art school. It welcomes more than 65,000 visitors annually.

  • Executive Director, MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theatre Center Houston, Houston, TX

    Applications for this position are now closed - July 31, 2014

    Houston, Texas has one of the most vibrant arts and cultural communities in the nation. Nationally and internationally recognized performing arts institutions abound, as do magnificent venues to house them, including The Wortham Center, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and Jones Hall, among others. These top-tier facilities house Houston’s major groups and presentation series, providing state-of-the-art production capability and extraordinary audience experience. What Houston has lacked is a dedicated space for its many small and midsize arts organizations. That void will soon be filled. Enter MATCH: Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.

  • Director of Development - Kevin Spacey Foundation

    Applications are closed for this position - June 9, 2014

    The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) was established in the United Kingdom (U.K.) in 2010 and in the United States (U.S.) in 2013.  KSF’s purpose is to use the esteem and fame associated with its namesake to create initiatives that discover, train and mentor emerging artists in drama, dance, music, and film. Its services include financial assistance to enable the creation of new work, educational opportunities, and mentoring by respected associates.  KSF serves predominantly secondary school students through post graduate students who are seeking a career in the performing arts and film, as well emerging professional artists with the talent and drive to succeed.

  • Director of Development, Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree, CO
    Director of Development, Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree, CO

    Applications are closed for this position - June 30, 2014

    The Citizens of Lone Tree authorized the construction of the new Lone Tree Arts Center (LTAC) in 2008, and the Center inaugurated its first season in 2011.  Designed by Westlake Reed Leskosky, a leading national designer of performing arts centers, LTAC is a professional, innovative and environmentally green venue.  Included in the Center are a grand entry hall event and gallery space; a 500 seat main stage theater with orchestra and balcony seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, an orchestra pit, fly space and expertly designed acoustics; and an adaptable 225 seat event hall for intimate performances, events and meetings that opens through a glass wall to a 350 seat outdoor terrace theater. The Center, located on the south end of the Denver metro area, was built on a multi-million dollar parcel of land donated by the developers of the RidgeGate community south of Lincoln Avenue in Lone Tree.

  • Executive Director - Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland, OR
    Executive Director - Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland, OR

    Applications for this position are closed - July 11, 2014

    Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) was established in 1989 – the result of a merger of Ballet Oregon and Pacific Ballet Theater - and it has risen quickly to become one of the important regional ballet companies in the U.S. Under founding Artistic Director James Canfield, a former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, OBT developed a unique repertoire and distinctive style. With a firm foundation in classical technique, the company's dance inventory grew to comprise over 80 ballets including evening-length classics, 20th-Century masterpieces and innovative contemporary works. In 2003, following a distinguished, 16-year career as a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, Christopher Stowell became OBT’s second Artistic Director. During his tenure, Mr. Stowell added the work of Sir Frederick Ashton, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, Lar Lubovitch and Christopher Wheeldon to the OBT repertoire, and significantly expanded the company’s inventory of George Balanchine ballets. He also commissioned new works by renowned contemporary choreographers James Kudelka, Trey McIntyre, Yuri Possokhov, Julia Adam and Nicolo Fonte. In addition, Mr. Stowell created ten ballets on OBT’s dancers, including the company’s first full-length production of Swan Lake, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Sleeping Beautyand Carmen. Following Christopher Stowell’s departure, Anne Mueller served as Interim Artistic Director from December 2012 through June 2013. Mueller had been with OBT since 1996, retiring from the stage in 2011 following a stellar career as a principal dancer. Kevin Irving became OBT's Artistic Director in July 2013. Information on OBT may be found on their website: www.obt.org

  • Artistic Director, Symphony Space, New York, NY
    Artistic Director, Symphony Space, New York, NY

    Applications are closed for this position - May 12th, 2014 

    On January 7, 1978, Isaiah Sheffer and Allan Miller opened the padlocked doors to the old Symphony movie theatre to the hundreds of people waiting in the cold to see Wall to Wall Bach, the first of many free twelve-hour music marathons that would become a signature event. Wall to Wall Bach was such a resounding success that Sheffer and Miller immediately decided to create a performing arts center; and thus was born Symphony Space.

  • Director - Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester NY
    Director - Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester NY

    The Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) was founded in 1913 by Emily S. Watson as a memorial to her son James George Averell. She stipulated that the museum serve the entire Rochester community. Seeking a responsible agent, she appointed the University of Rochester as trustee and looked to the community to support the museum and build the collections—a unique relationship that extends to today.

  • Curator of Contemporary Art - Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
    Curator of Contemporary Art - Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

    The Phoenix Art Museum is the leading visual arts institution in the Southwest. Originally incorporated in 1949, the first part of the current Museum building opened in 1959. Today, the Museum’s facility totals almost 300,000 square feet.  Beginning with a small building of 25,000 square feet, an addition nearly tripling the size to 73,000 square feet was completed in 1965. The Museum expanded again in 1996. That expansion project included a dramatic new 46,000 square foot structure, extensive renovation of the original facility, as well as renovation of an existing library building.  In November 2006, the Museum finished a $50 million expansion leading to completion of its 280,000 square foot master plan.  The 1996 and 2006 expansions, designed by the award-winning firm of Tod Williams/Billie Tsien & Associates of New York City, integrate art and architecture with the southwestern landscape and provide sweeping interior spaces. The founding of the Museum and its development reflect the constant commitment from the community and mirror the growth of Phoenix from a small desert town into the sixth largest city in the United States and the thirteenth largest metro area.