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

  • Executive Director - Oregon Ballet Theatre
    Executive Director - Oregon Ballet Theatre

    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 Stowellbecame 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 Muellerserved 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 Irvingbecame OBT's Artistic Director in July 2013. (More on Mr. Irving, below.)                    Information on OBT may be found on their website: http://www.obt.org/

  • Artistic Director, Symphony Space
    Artistic Director, Symphony Space

    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.

  • Artistic Director - Louisville Ballet
    Artistic Director - Louisville Ballet

    Louisville Ballet holds a significant position in the ballet world. Its influence and artistic output far exceeds its size. Founded in 1952 as a civic company, the Ballet achieved professional company status in 1975, when it contracted eight dancers to form a resident company. In that same year the Ballet founded its school, first known as the Academy of the Louisville Ballet and now as Louisville Ballet School. Its presence is a very real manifestation of Louisville Ballet’s ongoing commitment to ballet and dance training. (More on the School, below.)

    Application Deadline: April 16th, 2014

  • President and CEO, Scottsdale Cultural Council, Scottsdale, AZ
    President and CEO, Scottsdale Cultural Council, Scottsdale, AZ

    The Scottsdale Cultural Council (Cultural Council) is the non-profit organization that shapes and enhances the arts and cultural affairs of the City of Scottsdale under a master agreement with the City.  The mission of the Cultural Council is to create diverse arts experiences that engage the community by, developing new and exciting cultural initiatives for our community; encouraging the active participation and cooperation of government, business, education, and the private sector; and providing quality management, fundraising, and financial services to the operating divisions and other arts organizations desiring the Council's services.

  • Director - The Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
    Director - The Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

    The Frick Art & Historical Center, also known as the Frick-Pittsburgh or the Frick, is a multi-facility art museum and historical organization occupying a 5.5 acre landscaped site in the East End of Pittsburgh, adjacent to the 644 acre Frick Park. The Frick provides a window on the life of the Henry Clay Frick family and, more broadly, life in Pittsburgh in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Pittsburgh was a center of entrepreneurial energy that shaped the nation and   the world. Committed to the preservation, presentation and interpretation of the Frick's varied buildings and collections including art, decorative arts, vintage automobiles, historically significant artifacts and other resources, the Frick is one of Pittsburgh's most important cultural and educational assets.

  • 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.

  • Associate Director - CENTER STAGE
    Associate Director - CENTER STAGE

    Applications Closed - February 25, 2014

    CENTER STAGE is among the most respected theaters in America celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Among its many accomplishments, and illustrating the varied nature of them, are having created a home deeply valued by artists; its sustained and successful efforts to diversify its work, its staff, its Board of Trustees, and its audiences; achieving a high level of sophistication in governance and strong financial management; and owning a fully integrated building containing the production shops, offices, theaters, rehearsal studios, box office, classrooms and storage areas, along with apartment buildings a block away which are used to house visiting artists. This theatre has also been honored by its designation as the State Theater of Maryland.

  • Executive Director - Shakespeare & Company
    Executive Director - Shakespeare & Company

    Applications Closed - February 25, 2014

    One of the important and larger Shakespeare Festivals in the country, Shakespeare & Company was founded in 1978 by Tina Packer and others. Throughout its history, the company has produced, trained and advocated for Shakespeare’s plays, words, and ideas alongside the stimulating interplay of production of other plays, including contemporary pieces.  The productions, and the approach to them, are inextricably intertwined with significant education and training programs for theatre professionals, teachers, and students that together have served tens of thousands of persons.  All of this has been enriched by a highly collaborative culture, including the use of an ensemble company with a core group of 150 artists.  The theatre has operated since 2009 under the leadership of Tony Simotes as Artistic Director, along with Nicholas Puma as Managing Director.

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

    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.

  • Director, Office of the Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Director, Office of the Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology


    The Institute and the Challenge 

    The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) – one of the world’s top research and higher education institutions – now seeks to fill a newly created position to use the arts in various forms to energize a creative learning environment. As noted by Tom Friedman in “The World is Flat,” around half of Georgia Tech’s 14,000 extraordinarily qualified undergraduates come to its midtown Atlanta campus having played an instrument or participated in some form of the arts in high school. The challenge is to find ways to integrate both exposure and participation in the arts as a tool kit to create an environment that enables innovation at the intersection of art, science and technology.

  • Executive Director - Lowe Art Museum
    Executive Director - Lowe Art Museum

    From its origins in three classrooms in 1950, the Lowe Art Museum has demonstrated a commitment to serve the University of Miami as a teaching resource, and the residents of and visitors to greater Miami as its premiere general art museum. With the founding gift in 1950 by philanthropists Joe and Emily Lowe, a free-standing museum facility opened to the public in 1952. It was the first art museum in South Florida and remains the largest collecting art museum in the region. The almost 19,000-object collection, one of the most important in the southeast, has particular strengths in Renaissance and Baroque, Ancient Americas, Native American, African, and Asian Art. Growing collection areas include the art of the Ancient Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Egypt and the Near East, the Pacific Islands, and the modern and contemporary art of the Americas and the Caribbean. Of particular note is the Lowe’s commitment to Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts, which includes a growing collection of glass and ceramics exhibited in a dedicated gallery space.   The museum also oversees the public sculpture collection of approximately 30 works installed throughout the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables.