Steven Libman

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12/06/11    Community Articles

How we used jazz to complete the performing arts spectrum in the Heartland

Sometimes in the performing arts world you have to fill a gap in the musical spectrum from the ground up. That’s the realization I faced when I arrived in Carmel, Indiana as President/CEO of its new $175 million, three-venue Center for the Performing Arts...

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About Steven Libman

Steven B. Libman
Founder of The Libman Group

Steven is a highly successful and respected executive with 30 years of experience leading major arts organizations with extensive knowledge of producing dance, theatre and presenting multi-disciplinary performing arts series. He is nationally recognized for developing an entrepreneurial and creative approach to strategic planning, programming, branding, marketing initiatives, institutional growth, and problem solving. At the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel IN, Steven launched the new 160 million dollar, three venue performing arts center. He successfully branded the Center as a major community asset and developed programming for over 100 artists, built the staff from 2 to 80, the board from 3 to 30 and established a volunteer corps of over 500. In addition he instituted the business platform that resulted in a new web site, ticketing and accounting systems. At the Tony Award winning La Jolla Playhouse, as the chief administrative officer, Steven ran a four venue complex that produced over 300 performances per season, and produced 28 plays, including ten world premiers. He supervised a staff of over 100 and a part time staff of 125 and directed all strategic planning, financial management, fund raising and marketing. During his 17 years with the Pittsburgh Ballet–first as director of development, then as managing director–Steven broke new ground in funder relations, raising more than $50 million. He was equally successful in revitalizing programming and reaching new audiences. When he left the ballet, he was the longest-serving arts executive in the city, and one of the two longest-serving managing directors of major ballet companies in North America.

Steven Libman joined the JazzTimes community on Dec 06, 2011