NEW YORK CITY: Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the appointment of Lisa L. Patterson as director of individual giving. She will work closely with TCG’s executive leadership team to implement a development plan to grow a million-dollar annual fundraising budget. Patterson will fundraise through major gifts and planned giving.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Lisa Patterson to the team,” said deputy director and COO of TCG Adrian Budhu in a statement. “Her experience in leading major fundraising campaigns will play a pivotal role in resourcing TCG at a critical moment in our field’s history. Her commitment to racial justice, disability justice, and her passion for theatre will be a welcome addition to TCG’s senior leadership as we lead for a just and thriving theatre ecology. ”
Patterson has worked in nonprofit and commercial theatre management for over 30 years. She recently completed leading a $26.5 million capital campaign for the State Theatre New Jersey. Patterson served as the director of individual giving at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton for over 10 years, the director of development at the Bucks County Playhouse, and the director of development and marketing at the Arts Council of Princeton. Patterson was on the capital campaign staff for the Wilma Theater, worked in general management, marketing and development for the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Circle in the Square Theater, and Theatre for a New Audience.
Patterson was a management associate for several Broadway shows and many British imports. She was also an independent producer of multiple shows. She taught Marketing the Arts at Westminster Choir College at Rider University, and often serves as a guest lecturer at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has served as a marketing and development consultant for American Repertory Ballet, Dance/NJ, and Crossroads Theatre Company. She has written for American Theatre magazine (published by Theatre Communications Group) and Pointe magazine, has served on the advisory board of the Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College, and is on the fundraising committee for American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School. She holds a Masters in Performing Arts Administration from New York University.
“I have enjoyed getting to know TCG’s dedicated and knowledgeable staff through its outstanding events and conferences over the years,” said Patterson in a statement. “I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to reconnect with the organization to further support its critical work in this new role, and to deepen my relationship with the theatre community on a national level now.”
Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for theatre, strives to lead for a just and thriving theatre ecology. With a network of more than 700 member theatres, over 250 university, funder, trustee, and business affiliates, and over 7,000 individuals, TCG’s programming reaches over a million students, audience members, and theatre professionals each year.
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