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Kim Whitener

Producing Director
New York

Kim Whitener joined HERE as Producing Director in February 2007. She works in partnership with Artistic Director Kristin Marting to co-curate and produce HERE’s performance programs and activities. During her tenure, HERE’s budget has nearly doubled, and she was instrumental in the launching of two major initiatives – PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, an annual festival of opera-theatre and music-theatre co-produced with Beth Morrison Projects of which she is Co-Director, and the MADE HERE online video documentary series. HERE supports the work of mid-career artists working in hybrid forms through commissions, work-in-progress productions, and fully produced works as part of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), and presents Visiting Artist works through its presenting programs, PROTOTYPE and the Dream Music Puppetry Program . She manages the HEREthere touring program by developing relationships with presenters and promoting HERE’s artists’ work. She supervises HERE’s day-to-day departmental activities, including general project management, finance, fundraising, marketing, press, production, and institutional, office and facilities management. She also worked closely with Ms. Marting on the management and financing of a $2 million renovation of HERE’s space, re-opening to acclaim in June 2008.

Before joining HERE, Ms. Whitener spent six years as an independent producer with her own company, KiWi Productions, working with a diverse range of US artists, both companies and individuals, in the contemporary theatre, dance-theatre, and multi-media worlds to develop and produce new projects, working with co-producers worldwide. Her projects and clients have included the multi-media theatre company, The Builders Association (Alladeen, Super Vision, and Continuous City), interactive cinema artist Toni Dove’s, Martha Clarke, David Byrne, Big Dance Theater, 33 Fainting Spells, and The Actor's Gang, among others. Ms. Whitener was consulting producer on Logic of the Birds, artist Shirin Neshat's live performance featuring singer Sussan Deyhim (Lincoln Center Festival, Walker Art Center, Artangel London), was co-producer of Zero Church, a multi-artist concert/performance event by Suzzy and Maggie Roche, at St. Ann's Warehouse.

Ms. Whitener was Managing Director of the ensemble theatre company The Wooster Group for over four years until Summer 2001, responsible for all tour outreach/producing and management of the organization. Prior to that she served as Marketing Director for Playwrights Horizons for three years , with a concentration on developing new audiences for new work in development.

Ms. Whitener was a 2015 Lead Program Consultant for Creative Capital, Performing Arts, and has served on the NEA Multi-disciplinary & Presenting Panel, the Fort Worth Opera Frontiers Panel 2013-15, The Pew Foundation Theatre Initiative, the TCG New Generations Future Audiences Panel, the Duke Continuing Innovation Panel, NYSCA Individual Artists Panel, the LMCC Swing Space Panel, Tribeca Performing Arts Center Residency panel, the DTW Fresh Tracks Panel, and three rounds of the Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Panel.

Prior to coming to New York in 1994, Ms. Whitener held several arts administration and producing positions, including Associate Director of Development at the American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia, and General Manager/Co-Producer of the C. Walsh Theatre/Boston Music Theatre Project at Suffolk University in Boston. She also has extensive experience in teaching seminars nationally and internationally on production, management and development of projects for global touring, including in Buenos Aires at the invitation of Indigo Productions, and at the Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University in The Netherlands, to participants from Western and Central Europe, emphasizing international partnerships in production, touring, and funding.


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