2017 Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Greg Weber
General Director, Tulsa Opera

Greg Weber brings thirty years’ experience as an arts leader, managing operations and producing international theatrical events in senior leadership positions, during which he has produced 21 world premieres.

At San Francisco Opera, Weber directed a budget of $22 million, and led a team of 16 managers and more than 175 personnel who created and staffed 70+ performances of 10 operas annually. He led the organization in a streamlined schedule and budgeting format which led to balanced budgets and greater financial flexibility.

As Managing Director for Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY he brought the first back-to-back company surpluses in more than decade. He accomplished this while also improving salaries, benefits, generating building improvements, and expanding Geva’s subscription ticket sales. He also formed TheatreROCS, a non-profit collective of 22 Rochester area arts groups dedicated to the support of and growth of live performance, and produced the first Rochester Theatre Festival which celebrated great local culture.

Prior to his tenure with Geva, Weber served fourteen seasons as the Production/Technical Director at the Houston Grand Opera. He was instrumental in producing the first Western Hemisphere presentation of a PlazaCast – a decade before MET broadcasts. He developed the only multi-modular staging for opera in North America – a modern technology-based staging with a rock-and-roll lighting system capable of being assembled in multiple venues at a fraction of the typical operational cost of opera production. His interest in video and other cutting edge technology was demonstrated when HGO created and he led the development and operation of OperaVision.

Weber has taught undergraduates at Ohio Northern University, graduate students at University of Missouri – Kansas City, and studied and worked with the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. He holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Missouri – Kansas City in theatre design and theatre technology.

Professional Development Session Speakers

Diane Willcox
Director of Marketing & Communications, the Wharton Center
Diane is originally from San Diego, California. Prior to her current position she was General Manager of Broadway San Diego, and was Marketing Director for the Old Globe Theatre. She currently manages an amazing marketing and public relations team at Wharton Center, and is directly responsible for branding, communications, publications and a few special projects. She is delighted to be working with an organization that combines presenting, producing and strong educational outreach.


Marc Baylin
President, Baylin Artist Management
Marc Baylin has over twenty-five years of experience in artist management, presenting, and special event management. He has acted as facilitator on seven major commission projects involving the Library of Congress, Hancher Auditorium, the Lied Center of Kansas, composers Michael Daugherty, Anthony Davis, Joe Lovano, Mike Reid, and Julia Wolfe, and the ensembles Turtle Island Quartet, Ethos Percussion Group and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. The project with the Lied Center and Turtle Island Quartet yielded a 2006 Grammy award.

He has served on the review panel for the Southern Arts Federation “Meet the Composer” program, been a site visitor for the Philadelphia Dance Alliance, a panelist for the Arts Partners Program, and has been a guest panelist/speaker for the Southern Arts Exchange, Northeast Presenters Conference, Arts Midwest Conference, Western Arts Alliance Conference, Arts Presenters Conference, North Carolina Presenters, Chamber Music America, Pennsylvania Presenters, at the University of Delaware, University of Richmond, Rowan College of New Jersey, University of Texas/Austin, and for the Virginia Governor’s School of the Arts.

Mr. Baylin consults in the areas of programming, artist-career development, and artist-manager-presenter relations. Past consultations have been with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Dance Alloy, The Institute for Cultural Partnerships, and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour.

He served as Concert Coordinator for a gala performance at the Kennedy Center featuring the National Symphony, Leonard Slatkin, and Janos Starker, celebrating the 1100th anniversary of Hungary, sponsored by the Hungarian Cultural Foundation and the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary.
He has served on the boards of Western Arts Alliance, Chamber Music America, and Pennsylvania Presenters and is a past President of NAPAMA.

Marc Baylin is a graduate of Connecticut College where he received a B.A. in History with a concentration in Music History. While at Connecticut College he served on the Concert & Artist Series committee, wrote for the newspaper and received the college’s Anna Lord Strauss Medal for Community Service.

Matthew Downey, M.P.A
Program Manager, Nonprofit Services, Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Matthew presently serves as Program Director for Nonprofit Services at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. He leads a team that provides roughly 150 organizations consulting services in upwards of 16 Michigan cities each year, managing a portfolio of 40-50 organizations on his own.

His 23 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a consultant, program manager, and development officer support his role in overseeing the center’s technical assistance and capacity building services for nonprofit organizations. In this capacity he frequently speaks and instructs on a range of nonprofit management issues, including his presentation on effective strategies for managing small nonprofit boards at the 2013 Boardsource Leadership Forum.

Prior to the Johnson Center, Matthew worked with a wide array of nonprofit organizations, including his positions as: Director of Development and Community Programs for the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (in Kalamazoo, Mich.); Development Specialist for St. Mary’s Hospital for Children (in Bayside, N.Y.); Development Manager for the Queens Borough Public Library (in Jamaica, N.Y.); Director of Development for the Child Care Action Campaign (in New York, N.Y.); and Development Consultant for the United Negro College Fund (in Detroit, Mich.).

Matthew is the President of Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers, a professional nonprofit modern dance company in Kalamazoo, Mich., and serves as a board member of Indian Trails Camp in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Arts Administration from Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.) and a Master’s of Public and Nonprofit Administration from Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, Mich.). In 2010, Matthew’s writing was featured as a chapter in the Sage Publications textbook, “Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations.” He was recognized by Grand Rapids Business Journal in 2010 and 2012 as one of West Michigan’s 40 leading executives under the age of forty, and was named Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year in 2011 by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids.

Kristen Calabrese
Associate Director of Development, The Wharton Center
Kristen Calabrese has served as Associate Director of Development for Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University for the past 7.5 years. Her experience in arts development ranges from individual giving, designing telemarketing campaigns, grant writing, sponsorship and volunteer management. Kristen came to Michigan in 2007 when she began fundraising for Michigan State University. Prior, Kristen lived in New York City and gained experience in media buying before moving to the non-profit sector to specifically fundraise for an agency for people with disabilities.

Kristen has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Ithaca College in beautiful Ithaca, NY and her Masters in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education from MSU. She served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Capital Area Chapter board for 6 years.

Mary Muncil Jennings
Director of Programming and Development, Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Jennings is an arts presenter and advocate, currently serving as the Director of Programming and Development for the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. Mary oversees the programmatic, engagement, and developmental operations at the Rozsa Center, and serves on the advisory committee for the Upper Peninsula Arts and Culture Alliance, working to make the arts more visible, valued, and sustainable in the Upper Peninsula. In addition to holding a B.A. in Dance from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, Mary holds a 200 hour Yoga Alliance teaching certification and a Yoga-In-Action certification from Off the Mat Into The World. She completed the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute training at Google Boulder in 2015, and studied contemplative pedagogy at the Center for Contemplative Mind In Society at Smith College in the summer of 2014. She is currently slated to complete her M.B.A. at Michigan Tech in 2018.

Terri M. Trotter
President and CEO, Midland Center for the Arts
Terri Trotter is a seasoned executive with 20+ years of experience in the arts and entertainment field.  Before beginning at Midland Center for the Arts in January 2016, Terri was the CEO & Executive Director of Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Sun Valley, ID for two years.  Prior to that she served at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR for over sixteen years.  Her roles included Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of External Affairs, and Vice President of Communications. Terri is a result-oriented leader with a proven track record in management, program development, fundraising and marketing.  Terri has a Master of Science in Telecommunications Degree from Indiana University.

William Wood
Director of Cultural Affairs and Community Engagement, Macomb Community College
William Wood was born and raised in the Ozark Mountain region of Arkansas. After receiving his Bachelors of Music Education from Arkansas State University he spent two years teaching in the Osceola Arkansas Public School system. After spending several summers working at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan he was offered the opportunity to also work at the Interlochen Arts Academy in 1987. William held many different positions during his years at Interlochen and established the Production Department to serve growing year around programming that was developed. In 1999 he was appointed the Director of Presentations at Interlochen which secured guest artists for the Interlochen Arts Festival and oversaw support areas for all productions. In 2007 he took over as Executive Director of the Alberta Bair Theater, the performing arts center for Billings, Montana. William moved back to Michigan in 2016 to become the Director of Cultural Affairs and Community Engagement at Macomb Community College. In this capacity he engages artists for the Macomb Center for the Performing arts and manages the operations of that facility and the Lorenzo Cultural Center.