Leadership

Debbie Storey, Interim President & CEO

Debbie Storey is the Interim President and CEO for the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. She has a passion for leading teams and making a difference for and through people. Debbie is a retired executive from AT&T who spent most of her 34 … Expand

Debbie Storey is the Interim President and CEO for the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. She has a passion for leading teams and making a difference for and through people. Debbie is a retired executive from AT&T who spent most of her 34 years leading large organizations in various parts of BellSouth and AT&T operations. Her most recent role was EVP Mobility Customer Service, and prior to that she spent four years as Senior Vice President of Talent Development and Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T, responsible for identifying and developing leaders across 240,000 employees in 60 countries, aligning managers with the company’s priorities, and driving employee engagement. She oversaw the award-winning AT&T University, as well as the company’s efforts to leverage diversity and inclusion to drive innovation and growth. Throughout her career, she held positions in customer service, sales, distribution, supply chain, operations, network, M&A, digital & social media, and HR, first at BellSouth and then AT&T. Debbie is the author of Don’t Downsize Your Dreams: Leadership Inspiration for Women. She has been a featured keynote speaker, moderator, and panelist at meetings and conferences throughout the country, where she has spoken on topics ranging from leadership and diversity to education and workforce transformation. She has been featured in print and digital media, including Forefront Magazine, Business Digest (France), WE Magazine, Racing Toward Diversity, and Profiles in Diversity, as well as radio and TV interviews and numerous books on leadership, risk taking, and confidence. A native of Boston, Debbie holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from UGA’s Terry College of Business. Debbie serves on the Terry College Emeritus Board and Dean’s Advisory Council, the St. Petersburg Warehouse Arts District Board, and as a Strategic Advisor to an AI (artificial intelligence) company, Afiniti.

Collapse

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 resi… 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.

Collapse

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.

Collapse

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.”

Collapse

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. He and his team focus on government relations, arts advocacy, communications, education and community engagement. Prior t… Expand

Chris Heinbaugh joined the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center in May 2011 after a long career in journalism and politics. He and his team focus on government relations, arts advocacy, communications, education and community engagement. Prior to that, Chris served as chief of staff to Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert. 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, CA. 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 Cum Laude 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 a member of the Dallas Assembly, serves on the steering committee for both the Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition and the Dallas Cultural Plan. He is a former member of the Dallas Arts District Board of Directors. Chris is an avid skier, enjoys biking, loves modern sculpture and dance, likes exploring the world and is a big fan of most everything in the Dallas Arts District.

Collapse

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.

Collapse

Stephanie Spaulding, Senior Director of Marketing

Stephanie Spaulding is the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Senior 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 exper… Expand

Stephanie Spaulding is the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Senior 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.

Collapse

Graeme Bice, Director of Operations

Graeme Bice is the Director of Operations for the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. Graeme joined the Center in 2013 as the Operations Manager. For his entire professional career, Graeme has worked exclusively for nonprofit organizations, local… Expand

Graeme Bice is the Director of Operations for the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. Graeme joined the Center in 2013 as the Operations Manager. For his entire professional career, Graeme has worked exclusively for nonprofit organizations, local government, and a public university, all of which have instilled in him a deep sense of public service and a belief in the importance of the arts to the community. His 18 years of experience include stage management, technical direction, patron services, audio engineering, sound design, event management and various operational roles within the entertainment industry. Graeme’s previous work has included running the theatre at the Bath House Cultural Center and leading front of house and event operations at the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Locally, he has stage managed or designed for Undermain Theatre, the Festival of Independent Theatres, Theatre Three, Echo Theater, One-Thirty Productions, The Dallas Opera and Mountain View College. Graeme is a proud graduate of Midwestern State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. He is a professional member of the International Association of Venue Managers, a graduate of their Venue Management School, and is also a graduate of the Business Council for the Arts’ Leadership Arts Institute. Graeme believes his success stems from his well-rounded theatrical education, varied professional work experience, and a passion for the arts.

Collapse

Kathryn Cox, Director of Corporate Sales and Sponsorships

Kathryn Cox is the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Director of Corporate Sales and Sponsorships. Prior to this role, Kathryn was the Group Sales Manager, successfully bringing large student, corporate, and traditional groups to the Center … Expand

Kathryn Cox is the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Director of Corporate Sales and Sponsorships. Prior to this role, Kathryn was the Group Sales Manager, successfully bringing large student, corporate, and traditional groups to the Center and growing the group sales business by more than 150%. She is responsible for establishing some of the Center’s most popular initiatives, including Industry Night, Educator Appreciation, Lunch & Learn, and Neiman Marcus Kids Night On Broadway. Kathryn joined the Center in 2016 after nearly a decade selling supplemental life and health insurance. In her time selling insurance, she was responsible for obtaining an average of $75 million in revenue each year, assisting in growing the business by 125%. Kathryn was raised in Richardson, Texas where her parents, friends, and educators helped cultivate a love for the performing arts. She has been actively involved in the Dallas Fort Worth performing arts community since 1998 and has no plans to stop any time soon. Kathryn is a proud graduate of the University of North Texas (Go Mean Green!). When she is not seeing, selling or talking Broadway, you can find her spending time with her husband and daughter, checking out Dallas’s newest restaurants, traveling or running. Kathryn is a satisfied one-time marathoner and a regular, enthusiastic half-marathoner.

Collapse

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.

Collapse

Autumn Garrison, Director of Education and Community Engagement

Autumn Garrison is the Director of Education and Community Engagement at AT&T Performing Arts Center. With more than a decade of experience in nonprofit arts education, Autumn passionately believes that everyone should have access to the transformat… Expand

Autumn Garrison is the Director of Education and Community Engagement at AT&T Performing Arts Center. With more than a decade of experience in nonprofit arts education, Autumn passionately believes that everyone should have access to the transformative power of the arts. She discovered her love for arts education during her time as a museum educator at Dallas Contemporary. After four years of working as an instructor for the museum’s Art Think outreach program, she was appointed as the Paula and Jim Crown Director of Learning. From 2012 to 2016, she developed youth programs, organized artist lectures, and collaborated on special projects with educational institutions and nonprofit organizations throughout Dallas. In 2016, she jumped at the opportunity to return to her performance roots and joined the Center’s staff as the Senior Manager of Education and Community Engagement. Autumn has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Performance from the University of Texas at Dallas and is affiliated with the National Art Education Association, the Informal Educators of Dallas County and the Arts Council at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In her free time, she enjoys distance running, museum visits and trips to the theatre and ballet.

Collapse

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.

Collapse

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.

Collapse

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.

Collapse

Ashley Peña, Director of Finance

Ashley Peña is the Director of Finance at the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. Ashley joined the Center in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day finance and accounting functions for the Center. She manages the accounting and p… Expand

Ashley Peña is the Director of Finance at the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. Ashley joined the Center in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day finance and accounting functions for the Center. She manages the accounting and payroll staff, cash flow and forecasting models, year-end close, as well as the annual audit and related reporting. Ashley loves that she gets to do her “nerdy numbers thing” in a place with great creative energy. She has been involved in the arts in Dallas for years, joining the Center’s team after working at The Dallas Opera since 2012. She has spent the previous 10 years in nonprofit finance and accounting, and has experience in full-cycle fund accounting processes and reporting. Born and raised in Texas, Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. When she’s not in the office, you can find her attending one of the many Oak Cliff community events and festivals, or traveling to unusual places around the world.

Collapse

Bill Spellman, Director of Digital Marketing

Bill Spellman is the Director of Digital Marketing at the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. Bill joined the Center in 2014 and is responsible for all strategy, implementation and management of the Center’s digital marketing ecosystem, includi… Expand

Bill Spellman is the Director of Digital Marketing at the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center. Bill joined the Center in 2014 and is responsible for all strategy, implementation and management of the Center’s digital marketing ecosystem, including website operations, social media, e-mail marketing and search engine marketing. Prior to working at the Center, Bill was the Web Marketing Director for a high-volume e-commerce retailer in the luxury home and garden industry. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy, studying at both The University of Texas at Austin and Dallas Baptist University. With three kids under the age of 10, Bill has cherished the opportunity to share the performing arts with his family. His wife Sarah is a DISD teacher in Oak Cliff. On occasional nights and weekends, Bill plays drums with Dallas bands, and greatly enjoys being involved in the Dallas local music scene. His favorite memory at the Center is a tie between two bucket-list shows in the Winspear Opera House: Paul Simon and David Byrne.

Collapse

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 … 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.

Collapse

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.

Collapse