Theatre Philadelphia Announces First Executive Director
Leigh Goldenberg Takes The Helm of Organization Dedicated To Grow Audiences and Promote Local Theatre
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Theatre Philadelphia, the region’s marketing and audience development organization for theatres, proudly announces Leigh Goldenberg as its new Executive Director. Goldenberg officially joined the organization on January 3, and will lead strategic efforts to grow audiences and promote the public's participation in the theatre community. The organization currently administers the Barrymore Awards, celebrating the diverse theatrical work in the region as well as re-granting $75,000 annually to artists and organizations through the support of generous local funders.
“Leigh is a dynamic leader with forward-thinking ideas for the theatre sector,” says Erin Reilly, Board President for Theatre Philadelphia. “She blends a long history in the theatre, both here and in New York, with experience across community development and start-up organizations, which will be valuable as we re-imagine theatre’s place in our city.”
Prior to joining Theatre Philadelphia, Goldenberg served as Director of Marketing for Wash Cycle Laundry, a social enterprise focusing on sustainability and job creation with operations in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. In the arts, she worked at Arden Theatre Company and Lantern Theater Company in marketing, communications, and audience engagement, as well as providing consulting services to a wide-ranging group of mission-driven organizations. On a volunteer basis, Goldenberg serves on the board of the South Philly Food Co-op, chairs the Friends of Kirkbride Elementary School, and is in the 2017 Class of Leadership Philadelphia’s Connectors and Keepers.
“Essentially being the chief marketer for Philadelphia theatre is a dream job for me,” says Goldenberg, who grew up attending theatre in the Philadelphia area. “I’m honored to work alongside the dedicated board and volunteers to forge stronger connections between our art and audiences, and to have theatre play a pivotal role in the lives of Philadelphians.”
About Leigh Goldenberg
Leigh Goldenberg is a marketing and communications professional with a passion for mission-driven and creative organizations. In January 2017, she became the Executive Director of Theatre Philadelphia, the region’s marketing and audience development organization for the theatre community. Previously, she worked with Wash Cycle Laundry, a triple-bottom line laundry and linen service that delivers by bicycle and creates jobs for vulnerable adults. In Philadelphia, she has held positions at Arden Theatre Company and Lantern Theater Company, as well as provided consulting services to PlayPenn, Tiny Dynamite, and Public Citizens for Children and Youth. In New York City, she co-founded Stone Soup Theatre Arts, a politically and socially conscious theatre company, was a member of the first Producer’s Lab at Women’s Project, and worked in administrative or production capacities with HERE Arts Center, The Pearl Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb, and MCC, among others. She holds a degree in Theatre Production and Management from Marymount Manhattan College.
The organizations she supports have been featured in local and national outlets including MSNBC, NPR, Fast Company, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and American Theatre Magazine. She currently serves on the board of the South Philly Food Co-op, chairs the Friends of Kirkbride Elementary, is in the 2017 Class of Leadership Philadelphia’s Connectors and Keepers, and was a member of the 2016 Class of Philly Girls Do Good which celebrates women leaders in community development. Her writing has been featured in Philly Love Notes and Spoke Magazine. She was a contestant on ABC’s The $100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan and had her kitchen renovated on the DIY Network’s Kitchen Impossible. Leigh is the proud owner of a South Philadelphia row home that has a garage filled with bicycles she rides with her husband and daughter.
About Theatre Philadelphia
Founded in 2012, Theatre Philadelphia is dedicated to bringing together and celebrating Philadelphia's diverse and growing theatre community. We are committed to leading efforts that grow audiences and promote the public's participation in this community's work. Over the past several decades, Philadelphia has transformed into a major regional theatre community, with a remarkable blossoming of new companies and new buildings, a growing pool of exceptional artists, and fiercely committed and curious audiences and supporters. Theatre Philadelphia envisions a region that celebrates this growing and ever-changing theatre community – nurturing local theatre artists, fostering the creation of extraordinary work, forging stronger connections between our art and audiences – recognizing that a diverse, robust, and thriving theatre community can play a pivotal role in making Philadelphia a world-class city. Theatre Philadelphia's programs include the website TheatrePhiladelphia.org, the annual Barrymore Awards, and strategies for audience awareness and growth.