Leadership

Doug Curtis, President & CEO

Doug Curtis is the President and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, a nonprofit organization that operates and programs three premier performance venues and a 10-acre park in the Dallas Arts District. Since joining the Center in 2002, he al… Expand

Doug Curtis is the President and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, a nonprofit organization that operates and programs three premier performance venues and a 10-acre park in the Dallas Arts District. Since joining the Center in 2002, he also has held the positions of the Center’s Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Vice President of Design and Construction and Interim CEO. Prior to joining the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, Doug was Senior Construction Manager for Trizechahn Development Company in California, where he assisted in the development of Hollywood & Highland; a $600 million mixed-use landmark facility. He successfully managed all activities of the design and construction teams for the Kodak Theater, now the Dolby Theatre. Doug also served as Trizechahn’s representative to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A seasoned real estate development professional, Doug’s extensive background also includes serving as Director of Construction for Trammell Crow Company, Head of Construction for Walt Disney, Project Administrator for Beck and many other projects and companies. Doug is actively involved in the community, including serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Downtown Dallas, Inc., TACA Board of Governors, The Salvation Army Advisory Board, SMU Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility Advisory Board, and as a member of The Dallas Assembly.

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Adam Cox, Executive Vice President

Adam W. Cox returns to Dallas as the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Executive Vice President, bringing experience that spans from coast to coast and both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. Adam has worked with two of the Center’s r… Expand

Adam W. Cox returns to Dallas as the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Executive Vice President, bringing experience that spans from coast to coast and both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. Adam has worked with two of the Center’s resident companies: he was the Chief Financial Officer for The Dallas Opera from 2010 to 2013, while consulting the Dallas Theater Center. He joined the Center as Chief Administrative Officer from the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis where he had served as both CAO and Managing Director. Adam has been Vice President of Analytics and Finance for Sheet Music Plus, the world’s largest online retailer of sheet music, and worked for the San Francisco Opera and HOK Architects. Adam received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. His career began at Bank of America, where he was trained and certified as a Six Sigma process engineer leading statistics-driven initiatives across the country.

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Mike Richman, Executive Vice President of Revenue

Michael Richman has been in the live entertainment industry for more than twenty years, specializing in integrated marketing, sales and corporate sponsorships. Mike began working with the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2008 as the Vice … Expand

Michael Richman has been in the live entertainment industry for more than twenty years, specializing in integrated marketing, sales and corporate sponsorships. Mike began working with the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2008 as the Vice President and General Manager of SHN Presents, the Dallas-based subsidiary of SHN Theatres, the Center’s Broadway consultant. In this role, he oversaw all aspects of the presentation of the Broadway Series, including: programming, contract negotiations, ticketing and pricing strategy, budgeting, marketing strategy and execution, and financial tracking and analysis. In its first four years, the series has grown to produce annual revenue in excess of $10 million, and has set all-time national sales records for a number of touring Broadway productions, including Les Miserables. Mike spent the first 13 years of his career with the PACE/SFX/LIVENATION live entertainment conglomerate. Beginning as a sponsorship and corporate suite sales manager at the company’s Dallas amphitheater, Mike ultimately rose to the position of Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Partnerships, working across all divisions of the international company with an emphasis on touring Broadway and Family Entertainment assets. In 2003, Mike formed an independent entertainment marketing agency, Backstage Pass Entertainment Marketing. This agency provided marketing and sales consulting services to a variety of live entertainment entities, including: Shorenstein-Hays Nederlander Theatres, Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Blue Man Group, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Dallas Summer Musicals and Lucasfilm, Ltd.

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Tracy Hargis, Vice President of Human Resources

Tracy Hargis is the Vice President of Human Resources and joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2010. Tracy has 18 years of experience handling employee relations, recruiting, performance management, and benefits. Her past employmen… Expand

Tracy Hargis is the Vice President of Human Resources and joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2010. Tracy has 18 years of experience handling employee relations, recruiting, performance management, and benefits. Her past employment includes Asbury Automotive Group and Aon Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, among others. Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Texas, and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. “I love the diversity of events that we bring to the Dallas area, that I work with a group of people who are creating that ‘gathering place’ envisioned so many years ago, and that we are building something for the inclusion of everyone.”

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Chris Heinbaugh, Vice President of External Affairs

Chris Heinbaugh joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in May 2011 after a long career in journalism and politics. His duties include government relations, institutional press, education and community outreach. Prior to that, Chris serv… Expand

Chris Heinbaugh joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in May 2011 after a long career in journalism and politics. His duties include government relations, institutional press, education and community outreach. Prior to that, Chris served as Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert’‘s Chief of Staff. He was Leppert’‘s policy, political and media adviser and the point person on his education initiatives. Before that, Chris had an 18-year career in journalism. He moved to Dallas in 2000, covering City Hall and politics for WFAA-Channel 8 and occasionally writing for The Dallas Morning News. He also worked at TV stations in Seattle, Phoenix, Richmond, El Paso and Orange County. Chris served on the national board for the journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors and was a founding member and first president of the Lone Star Emmy Chapter. During his journalism career, Chris received 13 Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards and was named Best Reporter by the Associated Press Broadcasters in both Texas and Arizona. Chris graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1989 with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Journalism. He also holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts. Chris is an avid skier, runs frequently on the Katy Trail and is a big fan of most everything in the Dallas Arts District.

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Sherri Adams, Director of Corporate Gifts and Sponsorships

Sherri Adams Sherri Adams is the Director of Corporate Gifts and Sponsorship, having joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2016. Sherri has extensive experience in fundraising, from annual and capital campaigns to events and corpo… Expand

Sherri Adams Sherri Adams is the Director of Corporate Gifts and Sponsorship, having joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2016. Sherri has extensive experience in fundraising, from annual and capital campaigns to events and corporate development; garnered through her work at local nonprofit and for-profit organizations including The Dallas Opera, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the corporate offices of Snelling Personnel Services. Sherri is also an active volunteer in leadership for many nonprofits, lending her expertise to fundraising initiatives with the Dallas Women’s Foundation, Dallas Jr. Symphony league, Ronald McDonald House, The Family Place, as well as many schools.

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Paul Cathey, General Manager

Paul Cathey is the General Manager and is proud to have joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center prior to its opening in 2009. Paul’s 26 years of experience include national tours, production management, lighting design, audio engineeri… Expand

Paul Cathey is the General Manager and is proud to have joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center prior to its opening in 2009. Paul’s 26 years of experience include national tours, production management, lighting design, audio engineering, technical direction and pyrotechnic displays. From arenas, theatres and convention centers to parking lots and rooftops, these skills enable Paul to have a global understanding of the varied needs of live event production. He is particularly well respected for his ability to budget shows and have them work in either a single venue or on the road in many. Paul has been at the director level for more than 19 years, and overseen all operations, from booking to settlement, of a variety of events, from concerts to Division I athletic contests. He is often requested to speak at conferences or universities, where he also occasionally mentors. Regionally, he has worked or designed for Texas Shakespeare Festival, The Dallas Opera, Shakespeare Dallas, Bruce Wood Dance, Dallas Summer Musicals, Texas Ballet Theater, UNT Opera, Water Tower Theater, Metropolitan Classical Ballet and IATSE Local 126. Paul earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design and Production from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a professional member of USITT and IAVM, a graduate of their Venue Management School, and is currently pursuing his Certified Facility Executive designation.

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Cindy Evans, Director of Publicity

Cindy Evans is the Director of Publicity for the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. Cindy brings more than three decades of experience to the Center, which includes clients like Paramount Pictures and Disney Theatrical. She orchestrates show … Expand

Cindy Evans is the Director of Publicity for the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. Cindy brings more than three decades of experience to the Center, which includes clients like Paramount Pictures and Disney Theatrical. She orchestrates show media relations for the Center’s programs, including the Broadway Series, TITAS and Center Presents concerts and performances. This involves distribution of press releases and media alerts, coordination of print and electronic interviews, coordination of TV and radio appearances and performances, and calendar listings. Prior to joining the Center, Cindy was Senior Vice President and Publicity Partner at Levenson and Hill, Inc. (now The Levenson Group), where she worked for more than 35 years. She is a veteran of the planning and execution of special events, publicity tours, film premieres, press relations and promotional activities. More past clients include Summit Entertainment, Orion Pictures, New World Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, DeLaurentis Entertainment Group, Artisan Entertainment and NewMarket Films, among others. She has also conducted promotional tie-in events for Zales Jewelers, Church’s Chicken and Gordon’s Jewelers, among others. Cindy’s most memorable event at the Center so far was working with the author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, to coordinate a reading of his book at ManeGait, a therapeutic riding stable for children. Mr. Morpurgo visited the camp, read to the children, signed books and interacted with them as they demonstrated their skills on horseback. Horseback riding happens to be one of Cindy’s many hobbies, which also include golf and gardening.

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Jessica Whitt Garner, Director of Capital Campaign

Jessica Whitt Garner has been passionately involved in promoting and developing the Dallas Arts District throughout her career. She serves as Director of Capital Campaign for the Center, as well as overseeing its Board of Directors relations and governa… Expand

Jessica Whitt Garner has been passionately involved in promoting and developing the Dallas Arts District throughout her career. She serves as Director of Capital Campaign for the Center, as well as overseeing its Board of Directors relations and governance. As one of the earliest staff members of the Center, Jessica began as the Events Manager and oversaw many important event milestones and multi-million dollar fundraisers between Groundbreaking in 2005 to Grand Opening in 2009. After the Center’s opening, she successfully facilitated more than several hundred private external rentals and internal events. Most recently, she was the Associate Director of External Affairs, spearheading communication strategies and special initiatives. Prior to joining the Center, Jessica served as the External Affairs Manager for the Dallas Arts District, where she oversaw the organization’s marketing, promotions initiatives, and community relations. Jessica is an active volunteer in the Dallas community. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Bryan’s House and chairs its Program Committee. Jessica has been involved with Ronald McDonald House’s Young Friends Gala, Family Compass’ A Legendary Evening, and co-chaired Dallas Winds’ Opening Night Celebration. She joined the Junior League of Dallas in 2004, and has been actively involved with its Research and Development Committee. She is a graduate of the Business Council for the Arts’ Leadership Arts program. Jessica received her BBA in Marketing with academic honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Lee Harris, Director of Facilities

Lee Harris is the Director of Facilities having joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2009. A native of Arlington, Texas with more than 30 years of experience in the Facility Management profession, Lee manages and coordinates all facil… Expand

Lee Harris is the Director of Facilities having joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2009. A native of Arlington, Texas with more than 30 years of experience in the Facility Management profession, Lee manages and coordinates all facility-related maintenance, repairs and improvement activities for the Center’s performance venues and parking structures. Prior to joining to the Center in 2009, Lee served for 23 years at Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington, beginning as a Facility Maintenance Supervisor and ultimately being promoted to Director of Facilities. At his departure, he was responsible for maintaining more than 325,000 sq. ft. of buildings on 30 acres of property. Since 2011, Lee has been an active member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the local DFW- IFMA Chapter. In 2013, he acquired the IFMA Certified Facility Manager (CFM) Certification and has served on the DFW-IFMA Chapter’s Board of Directors for the past 4 years. He is currently serving as the 1st Vice President. Lee takes great pride in heading up a team that works tirelessly to keep the Center’s world-class venues running smoothly and efficiently, and maintaining a campus that invites Dallas residents and visitors alike to gather here.

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Meagan Hemenway, Director of the Annual Fund

Meagan Hemenway is the Director of the Annual Fund for the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. Having grown up in dance and performance, Meagan relocated to Dallas from the Northeast with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and quickly found insp… Expand

Meagan Hemenway is the Director of the Annual Fund for the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. Having grown up in dance and performance, Meagan relocated to Dallas from the Northeast with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and quickly found inspiration in Dallas’ amazing philanthropic performing arts community. She began her fundraising career more than nine years ago as the Development and Volunteer Coordinator for the Dallas Children’s Theater, and to this day is a proud volunteer and host committee member of DCT’s annual Cabaret Gala. After joining the newly opened AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2010 as the Development Coordinator, she was quickly promoted to Manager of Individual Giving and helped launch and grow the annual fund through the Center Circle membership program. In 2014 she joined the Perot Museum of Nature and Science as their Director of Individual Giving. When the opportunity arose to return to her roots as a performing arts fundraiser, she was thrilled to rejoin the Center in her current role in 2016.

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Adam Hourigan, Director of Information Technology

Adam Hourigan is the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Director of Information Technology. Adam began his career at the Center in a network administration role and was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Center’s network, … Expand

Adam Hourigan is the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Director of Information Technology. Adam began his career at the Center in a network administration role and was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Center’s network, hardware and telephony infrastructure, strategy and business continuity practices still utilized today. In 2009, Adam was promoted to Infrastructure Manager and two years later promoted to his current role. Prior to joining the Center, Adam gained invaluable experience serving as an IT help desk supervisor, providing remote multi-tier support for an out-of-state energy company with a customer base of more than 3 million. Adam is as passionate about IT as he is about concrete, and spends his time off working on small and large-scale projects as a concrete hobbyist.

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Curtis Meek, Director of Ticket Services

Curtis was born and raised in California and moved to Texas to work for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2005, pursuing his dream to work “behind the scenes” in the entertainment industry. Curtis was quickly promoted to Director of Guest Service… Expand

Curtis was born and raised in California and moved to Texas to work for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2005, pursuing his dream to work “behind the scenes” in the entertainment industry. Curtis was quickly promoted to Director of Guest Services and remained with the DSO for 10 years before joining the Center in 2015. Curtis oversees all ticketing functions for the Center. Curtis’ successful career is filled with diverse leadership experiences in box office management, customer service, sales, call center operations, online fulfillment and retail. He has been a key player in many start-up environments, most notably a 300-seat customer contact center for Gap Inc. in Rocklin, CA and Kohl’s Department Stores entry into the Stockton, CA market. Curtis also lived abroad in Japan working as an English instructor. Curtis earned his bachelor’s degree in Business from San Jose State University and an MBA in International Business from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Curtis’ passion is music, as he is an avid listener and follower of nearly every genre – from show tunes and country to hip-hop and rap.

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Kathie Parsons, Director of Finance

Kathie Parsons is the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Director of Finance. Since joining the Center as the organization’s Budget Manager in 2015, she has demonstrated outstanding financial acumen; and not long after joining the Center… Expand

Kathie Parsons is the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Director of Finance. Since joining the Center as the organization’s Budget Manager in 2015, she has demonstrated outstanding financial acumen; and not long after joining the Center, her role expanded to further strengthen the Financial, Planning and Analysis functions. She now oversees the Finance team. She has a MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Kathie’s career began in public accounting, becoming a CPA, and she subsequently spent many years working in multiple Corporate Finance roles with large international companies, including General Electric. She is actively involved with a Dallas-area National Charity League chapter and has served on the board of various organizations at Highland Park ISD. Kathie’s most memorable experience at the Center has been working alongside production and operation associates to plan and execute Aurora in 2015. More than 50,000 people attended and she says it was remarkable to be part of such a diverse and vibrant community event held in the Dallas Arts District.

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Stephanie Spaulding, Director of Marketing

Stephanie Spaulding is the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Director of Marketing, designing the advertising and promotion plans for all shows. Stephanie’s knowledge of live entertainment in North Texas comes from years of experience a… Expand

Stephanie Spaulding is the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Director of Marketing, designing the advertising and promotion plans for all shows. Stephanie’s knowledge of live entertainment in North Texas comes from years of experience at Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Children’s Theater. She has demonstrated creativity and resourcefulness that have yielded incredible results at the box office, getting the most out of the Center’s marketing resources. She earned a BFA degree in Theatre Studies, studying at both Southern Methodist University and Oklahoma City University. Stephanie has performed in numerous musicals and plays in Texas, Oklahoma and Illinois, including The Night of the Hunter with Lyric Stage in Irving, Carousel with Garland Summer Musicals and Candide at OCU with Kristin Chenoweth. Stephanie is a lifelong supporter of the arts in Dallas. One of her most memorable moments so far at the Center was working with one of her favorite entertainers, Lily Tomlin, to promote the Dallas stop on her tour.

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Amanda West, Director of Production

Amanda West joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2010 as the Assistant Production Manager, steadily advancing to her current appointment as the Director of Production. Amanda is a proud graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with a Bac… Expand

Amanda West joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2010 as the Assistant Production Manager, steadily advancing to her current appointment as the Director of Production. Amanda is a proud graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, and attributes her success to a variety of professional work experience, a well-rounded theatrical education, an unbridled passion for the arts and a keen appetite for puzzles. Amanda’s early work as an electrician, board operator, lighting and sound designer, scenic painter and carpenter provided a solid foundation for the pursuit of her technical theatre career. Her more recent experience ranges from the design and sale of permanent lighting systems to technical direction in both educational and professional theatres. Throughout the years Amanda has maintained her one true love of making theatre, designing more than 45 professional shows from lighting to video, scenery and sound. Her work can regularly be seen on the stages of Theatre Three, Uptown Players and The Drama Club for which she has received multiple local awards and nominations.

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Matt Winchester, Director of Tessitura Services

Matt Winchester joins the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center as the Director of Tessitura Services after nearly a decade with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Matt brings a breadth of technical knowledge to the Center, having held previous posit… Expand

Matt Winchester joins the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center as the Director of Tessitura Services after nearly a decade with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Matt brings a breadth of technical knowledge to the Center, having held previous positions as Network Administrator, IT Manager, Business Systems Analyst, SQL/Net Developer, and SQL DBA. Prior to relocating to the Dallas area in 2006, Matt worked for a regional retail company and an international architectural firm in Southern California. Matt has a strong leadership background cultivated during his years of service as a United States Marine.

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