Executive Summit

TRG Arts Executive Summit


Come together with executive arts leaders from around the United States, Canada, the UK or Europe, to learn how to effectively lead your arts organization toward sustainable revenue growth. You'll learn directly from TRG Arts consultants and clients about our approach, receive custom data analysis to benchmark your organization, as well as discuss what's working for you in peer-to-peer conversations. 

Who should attend

Executive Summit content is designed by TRG's President & CEO, Jill Robinson, with a focus on the senior-most leader at large and mid-sized cultural institutions. Typically, attendees have the title of Chief Executive, President & CEO, Executive Director, Managing Director, Producing Artistic Director, etc. and come from organizations ranging from $50M down to $3M in annual operating revenue. To learn more about whether the Executive Summit is right for you, email  .

Upcoming dates

TRG typically holds Executive Summits four times a year in North America and in the UK and Europe, and you'll find upcoming dates and locations below.

  • York, UK | Mar 14-15, 2019
  • Colorado Springs, CO | May 9-10, 2019
  • Colorado Springs, CO | July 25-26, 2019 
  • Vienna, Austria | 26-27 September, 2019 | *Sold out*

  • Dates for Executive Summits in 2020 will be released shortly.

    We are delighted to partnering with Direct Mind Arts for the Executive Summit in Vienna.

    Ready to attend?

    Email  for registration information.

    What attendees are saying

    “I came to the Executive Summit whilst undertaking interim Chief Executive support for the Royal & Derngate, where I had previously been the Director of Marketing & Sales. In preparing for the Summit, I entered the days feeling adamant that I was going only going to be providing some short-term leadership. However, I left the Summit actually understanding that my style of leadership might be very welcome on the longer term in our venue. 

    All the doses of inspiration and examples of brilliant leadership during the Summit gave me a lot of confidence to position myself during the interview process as the new Chief Executive, and I’m really grateful for that. 

    As our relationship continues with TRG Arts, my team and I are feeling brilliantly supported by the UK consulting team and enthusiastically look forward to continuing our collaboration.” 

    Jo Gordon, Chief Executive, Royal & Derngate (Northampton, UK)

    “I find that I return to many of the concepts and ideas presented in the Summit in my work at Steppenwolf. Your passion and focus on professional development, on taking care of my mental health along with the health of Steppenwolf, has lead me to a burgeoning meditation practice, and I have found myself in conversation with other attendees over the course of the year. It was a great use of my time and I would recommend it to anyone.”

    David Schmitz, Executive Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago, USA)

    "This was a brilliant experience. A terrific blend of strategic and practical. The experience has changed the way I will look at my data and how I use it to act."

    Royal Scottish National Orchestra (UK)

    100% of 2016 Executive Summit participants said that they had learned something strategic that will change the way they lead.

    What to Expect

    Each summit includes the following structure, with session content customized each time, including a guest presenter who has demonstrated ability to lead their organization toward a more patron-centric approach with corresponding revenue results. Session topics include a custom analysis of your organization’s historical data (provided in advance) through a TRG lens, metrics that matter for today’s cultural leaders, building a silo-free staff team and much more.

    Select Alumni from TRG Arts Executive Summits

    We encourage leaders to attend any of the Executive Summits around the world regardless of where they take place. Below find select alumni from the continents where we've hosted Summits most recently:

    Select Alumni from North America

    • Alley Theatre: Dean Gladden, Managing Director
    • Alliance Theatre: Mike Schleifer, Managing Director
    • Arena Stage: Edgar Dobie, Executive Producer
    • Arts Club Theatre Company: Peter Cathie White, Executive Director
    • Atlanta Symphony: Jennifer Barlament, Executive Director
    • Celebrity Series of Boston: Gary Dunning, President & Executive Director
    • Choral Arts Society of Washington: Debra Kraft, Executive Director
    • Cleveland Play House: Kevin Moore, Managing Director  
    • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center : Scott Levy, Producing Artistic Director & Director of Performing Arts
    • Des Moines Performing Arts: Jeff Chelesvig, President & CEO
    • Grant Park Music Festival: Paul Winberg, President & CEO
    • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: Jason Palmquist, Executive Director
    • Long Center for the Performing Arts: Jamie Grant, Executive Director & CEO  
    • McCarter Theatre Center: Timothy Shields, Managing Director  
    • Miami City Ballet: Michael Scolamiero, Executive Director
    • Michigan Opera Theatre: Wayne Brown, President & CEO  
    • National Ballet of Canada: Barry Hughson, Executive Director
    • North Carolina Symphony: Sandi Macdonald, President & CEO  
    • Omaha Performing Arts: Joan Squires, President  
    • Pacific Symphony: John Forsyte, President  
    • Phoenix Theatre: Vincent VanVleet, Managing Director
    • Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts: Don Roth, Executive Director  
    • Shakespeare Theatre Company: Chris Jennings, Managing Director
    • Steppenwolf Theatre Company: David Schmitz, Managing Director
    • Utah Symphony & Opera: Paul Meecham, President and CEO

    Select Alumni from UK & Europe

    • Barbican - Louise Jeffreys, Director of Arts
    • Blackpool Grand - Ruth Eastwood, Chief Executive
    • Bolton Octagon - Roddy Gauld, Chief Executive
    • Jackson's Lane - James Tilston, Chief Executive
    • Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse - Deborah Aydon, Executive Director
    • New Vic Theatre - Fiona Wallace, Executive Director
    • New Wolsey Theatre - Sarah Holmes, Chief Executive
    • Nottingham Playhouse - Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive
    • Nuffield Theatre - Caroline Routh, Executive Director
    • Oxford Playhouse - Lousie Chantal, Director/CEO
    • Rose Theatre, Kingston - Robert O'Dowd, Chief Executive
    • Salisbury Playhouse - Sebastian Warrack, Executive Director
    • Sheffield Theatres - Dan Bates, Chief Executive
    • Soho Theatre - Mark Godfrey, Executive Director
    • The Dukes - Ivan Wadeson, Executive Director
    • Theatre by the Lake - Conrad Lynch, Artistic Director & Chief Executive
    • Unicorn Theatre - Anneliese Davidsen, Executive Director
    • Welsh National Opera - Leo Thomson, Managing Director
    • Wolverhampton Grand Theatre - Adrian Jackson, Chief Executive

    Yes, I'm interested!

    Send us an email at LetsTalk@trgarts.com to let us know that you're interested in attending an Executive Summit. Registration for each Executive Summit is limited; book early to avoid disappointment.

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