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Gabriel Shanks

Gabriel Shanks

Executive Director

The Drama League Of New York

New York, NY

Executive Director, The Drama League/Arts Professional

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The Drama League Of New York

Executive Director

Serve as Chief Executive Officer, leading staff and board of directors in providing early career artist training, mentor opportunities, new play development, and adult educational programming. Led planning/execution/fundraising/construction of The Drama League Theater Center, a 3,500-square-foot, multi-use creative space for artists and audiences in TriBeCa, New York City, which opened in April 2013. Develop and implement programs, including the nationally-renowned Directors Project. Evaluate program effectiveness, refine program elements and resources. Develop industry and corporate partnerships, creative alliances, and sposnorships to increase TDLNY’s utility to the theatre industry. Serve as bridge between cultural institutions, artists, and audiences nationwide. Programs have exhibited a 212% gain in attendance and membership since 2001. Annual budget has risen from $695,000 to $1.5M, serving over 2,000 artists and 15,000 audience members each year.

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George Street Playhouse

Marketing Director

Responsible for all earned income of $4M, LORT professional theatre company. Worked on productions transferring to Off-Broadway and Broadway. Directed telemarketing and telefunding campaigns, donor/fundraising programs, web development, trade agreements, vendor relationships, cross-promotions, and special events. Served as Public Spokesperson on all artistic and administrative issues. Developed sponsorships with Johnson & Johnson, Colgate Palmolive, Merck, Pfizer, WNYC, WQXR, WNBC, and Lucent Technologies. Created marketing campaigns resulting in nine of the top ten highest-grossing productions in the 25-year history of the company.

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Baltimore Theatre Project

Artistic Associate

Managed presentation of national and international companies for multi-format arts presenter. Handled artist relations, contracts, collaborations, new works, and tour planning/execution. Developed sponsorships with area businesses, media, and support services.

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Theatre Conspiracy

Artistic Director

Created and produced a six-play mainstage season and secondary reading series in residence at the District of Columbia Arts Center. Created artist collaborations and partnerships, hired creatives and artists, and developed marketing and fundraising campaigns.

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Towson University

M.F.A., Interdisciplinary Theatre

Georgia State University

B.A., Theatre, Communications