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Russell P. Allen, President & CEO

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Russell P. Allen

 

President and CEO

russ allenRussell P. Allen began his second tour-of-duty with Virginia Opera in September, 2011. He had been General Manager from 1994-2000. Allen previously served as Executive Director of The Washington Ballet and Orlando Ballet where he worked in both positions building stronger administrative operations, generating increased earned and contributed revenue, strategically growing the institutions, and furthering each organization's mission and visibility in their respective communities. During his successful tenure in ballet management, Allen partnered with artistic directors Bruce Marks, Fernando Bujones, and Septime Webre.

Prior to his seven years in ballet, Allen served as General Manager for The Atlanta Opera, following his six years at Virginia Opera. His work with Virginia Opera in the 90s saw the organization through both its 20th and 25th gala seasons, and through six years of growth in both audience size and contributed revenue. Now looking ahead to its 40th Season in 2014-15, Allen will plan with Virginia Opera's Board of Directors the direction of the next phase of growth and development for Virginia Opera.

Throughout his tenure serving major arts institutions, Allen has served as an independent arts consultant in both fundraising and administrative development including his most recent assignments with Young Audiences of Virginia in Hampton Roads and Dance Metro DC in Washington, DC. He also has had significant involvement with the OPERA America Field Services Program and the National Endowment for the Arts On-Site Review Program. Mr. Allen also worked for sixteen years in symphony management; eight years of which was as Vice President and General Manager of The Phoenix Symphony.

As a leader in the cultural arena, Allen has been active on grant review panels for state arts commissions in Texas, Arizona, and Maryland, and for the past three years with the Virginia Commission For the Arts. He also has served on both the opera and dance panels for the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Allen has been a member of the Valley Leadership Institute in Phoenix, the Civic Leadership Program in Hampton Roads, and served on a legislative sub-committee of the Virginia General Assembly on the state's arts funding initiatives. He also served for four years as Chair of the Executive Directors Council of the Hampton Roads Cultural Alliance.

In his spare time, Allen has since 2006 served as President of his Homeowners Association in Florida and served on his college's Alumni Board from 2003-2009. Allen was a double major in English and Music at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

 

 

Staff Listing

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Norfolk: 757.627.9545
Richmond: 804.644.8168
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You may also reach us by emailing info@vaopera.org.

 

Virginia Opera (Norfolk) 757.627.9545 info@vaopera.org
Russell P. Allen, President & CEO x3335 russell.allen@vaopera.org
Adam Turner, Resident Conductor & Chorus Master x3345 adam.turner@vaopera.org
Alexandra Stacey, Artistic & Production Assistant x3333 alexandra.stacey@vaopera.org
Alexandria Burns, Accounts Payable x3310 alexandria.burns@vaopera.org 
Amanda Jo Ely, Group Sales & Audience Services Manager x3322 amanda.ely@vaopera.org
Andrew Chugg, Director of Artistic Administration x3325 andrew.chugg@vaopera.org
Cody Symanietz, Production Stage Manager x3340 cody.symanietz@vaopera.org 
Darlene Shelton, Executive Assistant to CEO x3335 darlene.shelton@vaopera.org
Dave Smith, Technical Director x3313 david.smith@vaopera.org
Dr. Glenn Winters, Community Outreach Musical Director x3304 glenn.winters@vaopera.org
Howard Bender, Central Virginia/Northern Virginia Director x3398 howard.bender@vaopera.org
James McGough, Wig & Makeup Manager x3314 wigs@vaopera.org
Joan Llaneza, Assistant Stage Manager x3330 joan.llaneza@vaopera.org 
Jojo Chittum, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant x3300 jojo.chittum@vaopera.org
Justin Olanowski, Information Technology Manager x3328 justin.olanowski@vaopera.org
Kandis Burnworth, Annual Fund Manager x3318 kandis.burnworth@vaopera.org 
Kearston Dillard-Scott, Lighting Supervisor/Master Electrician x3374 kearston.dillard-scott@vaopera.org
Ken Steadman, Production Manager x3308 ken.steadman@vaopera.org
Lana Sadowski, Marketing Sales and Promotions Manager x3323 lana.sadowski@vaopera.org
Laura Wigginton, Director of Education x3347 laura.wigginton@vaopera.org
Lisa Sands, Hampton Roads Director of Development x3319 lisa.sands@vaopera.org
Lisa Stewart, House Manager TBD lisa.stewart@vaopera.org
Maria Candelaria Daugs, Graphic Designer x3348 maria.daugs@vaopera.org
Maggi George, Marketing and Communications Director x3316 maggi.george@vaopera.org
Nancy Kritikos, Director of Production x3344 nancy.kritikos@vaopera.org
Pat Seyller, Costume Shop Manager x3312 costumes@vaopera.org
Robert Veland, Director of Finance & Human Resources x3311 robert.veland@vaopera.org
Roberta Brennan, Properties Master/Operations Coordinator x3309 roberta.brennan@vaopera.org
Sarah Cowing, Assistant Stage Manager x3329 sarah.cowing@vaopera.org  
Shelby Rhoades, Principal Coach & Emerging Artist Program Director    
Susan Porter, Senior Development Writer x3372 susan.porter@vaopera.org
Tom Minucci, Assistant Technical Director TBD tom.minucci@vaopera.org
Vanya Foote, Company Manager x3332 vanya.foote@vaopera.org
     
Virginia Opera (Richmond) 804.644.8168  
Russell P. Allen, President & CEO x3336 russell.allen@vaopera.org