DRi is pleased to announce that Laura Willumsen will join the Shakespeare Theatre Company as its Senior Director of Development.
Having staged more than 150 innovative, vibrant productions, the Shakespeare Theatre Company is the leading premier classical theatre company in the nation. Focusing on works with profound themes, complex characters, and poetic language—written by Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and the playwrights he influenced—STC expands the classic theatre repertoire in America for all audiences. STC has entertained more than 2.5 million audience members, offered high-impact arts education and community engagement programs, and provided a home for today’s leading classical artists and a training ground for the next generation.
At the Shakespeare Theatre Company, artists and administrators alike share an impassioned respect for the power of artistic excellence to engage, entertain, and enliven audiences—and to forge community among them. Winner of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award, and a leading partner in community engagement within the Penn Quarter and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, STC’s quality performances and outreach initiatives require an expansive development department. Its Senior Director of Development would have to not only be a passionate advocate for the arts but also a tireless manager that continuously raises the bar for success.
Both Laura’s experience and attitude made her the perfect match for Shakespeare. She previously served as a Major Gifts Officer for Smithsonian’s Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art, where she secured multiple 6- and 7-figure gifts and most recently led the development team to beat its $6M annual goal by 50% in 2016. Intimately familiar with the arts, her work in performing arts organizations spanned many years, and she served in senior executive positions within the Wheeling Symphony, the Pittsburgh Center for the Performing Arts, and the Pittsburgh Opera.
We wish both Laura and the Shakespeare Theatre Company success in bringing the performing arts to the DC community.