Before forming Management Consultants for the Arts in 1983, Gregory Kandel spent many years in arts management, both in the field and as a consultant to dance companies, theatres, orchestras and other performing arts organizations.
In 1974, he founded Northlight Theatre, a professional regional theatre in the Chicago area, and was its producing director. Four years later, he co-founded the League of Chicago Theatres, a trade association encompassing commercial, not-for-profit, educational and community theatre companies, and was its first chairman. He was often a featured speaker covering the arts on television, radio and at corporate functions throughout Chicago.
At MCA, Mr. Kandel has served a diverse group of clients throughout the cultural community. He has assisted a number of them as a National Endowment for the Arts advancement consultant. As a faculty member at Yale University and guest lecturer at other academic institutions, Mr. Kandel has emphasized the special roles that artists and managers must play collectively in running arts organizations, as well as the governance necessary to make their work successful on behalf of the arts organization.
Mr. Kandel holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University.