WASHINGTON, D.C.: Arena Stage has named Khady Kamara to be its managing director. Kamara joined the organization in 2001 and most recently served as associate executive director. In addition to her current responsibilities of overseeing earned income activities and communications, Kamara will be responsible for oversight of the company’s production and building operations departments. The managing director position was newly created after general manager Ian Pool retired.
“Khady has earned this new position and it was offered to her with an abundance of confidence,” said executive director Edgar Dobie in a statement. “I observed early on that she has remarkable competence under constant pressure and is an important talent. Over her time with Arena, Khady has progressed to be responsible for all earned revenue. Under her watch, subscriptions and single ticket sales have grown substantially building a solid and happy customer base, in addition to achieving significant new revenue from Arena’s facility-related endeavors (including event rentals, food services and parking). Khady has carefully built and nurtured wonderful teams to support this organization and is a deeply valued manager.”
Kamara began at Arena Stage as a member of the communications team, was promoted to chief marketing officer, and then served as associate executive director. During her tenure Arena Stage’s sales team broke box office records. She oversaw the upgrade and transition of the company’s ticketing software, and the opening of the Mead Center for American Theater. She also spearheaded efforts to maximize donations with ticket sales. Part of her focus has been to strengthen community relations, and manage strategic planning efforts with the board of directors. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the Arts Management Program at George Mason University and is on the Board of Governors for the Helen Hayes Awards.
“I am incredibly honored to continue working with the extraordinary staff at Arena Stage in this new capacity as managing director,” said Kamara in a statement. “Arena Stage has been my home away from home for the past 17 years and I look forward to continuing to engage with our remarkable patrons and artists.”