This timely discussion comes on the heels of a high-profile lockout in which artists and administrators could not reach an agreement on artist salaries, organizational priorities, or just about anything. Our field has the responsibility and the great privilege of collaboration. We cannot, in fact, exist without it. This panel discussion on the relationship between artists and administrators will let us hear from both sides, each bringing vital perspectives.  Through this conversation, we hope to glean insight into where some of the problems arise, how they can be solved, and the notion that at the end of the day we’re all here to do the same job: create and share art.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to register for EALS on Sunday, March 23.This panel will be during our first breakout session, from 11:45am – 1:00pm.

We are happy to announce our esteemed panelists and moderator:


Marcus Kyd.  Stage credits include The Folger Theatre: The Gaming Table, The Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV pt 1, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Nebraska Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Othello, Pericles; Theatre J: The Odd Couple, Lost in Yonkers; Round House Theatre: The Lyons, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Chairs, A Sleeping Country, and Alice; Alabama Shakespeare Festival: The Wars of the Roses; Arena Stage: Intimations for Saxophone; Metro Stage: The Thousandth Night, and One Good Marriage; Center Stage: The Winter’s Tale; Kennedy Center: Shear Madness, Cyrano; Anti-Social Music/WPAS: The Nitrate Hymnal; and Happenstance Theater: Manifesto. BFA from Emerson College in Boston, MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University. Mr. Kyd is a Taffety Punk.

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Lee Anne Myslewski is Director or Artistic Administration at Wolf Trap Opera & Classical Programming Lee Anne Myslewski joined Wolf Trap Opera in 2006. Recently promoted to Director, Artistic Administration, Ms. Myslewski is also the Director of the Wolf Trap Opera Studio. She determines Studio Artist casting and adjudicates all WTOC auditions. Her additional Wolf Trap responsibilities include programming Wolf Trap’s chamber music series, The Discovery Series, and its nationally-syndicated radio program, Center Stage from Wolf Trap. In 2012 Ms. Myslewski was selected from a national pool of promising emerging leaders in the field of opera administration as one of 10 participants in the inaugural OPERA America Leadership Intensive fellowship program. She is a member of the Leadership Fairfax class of 2014. She has been invited to speak and give master classes at the Shepherd University School of Music, Gettysburg College, American University, The University of Maryland’s Opera Studio, Carnegie Mellon University, and Shenandoah Conservatory. A graduate of the University of Maryland and Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Myslewski previously worked as a music educator. She has also worked with Washington National Opera, Maryland Opera Studio, and Opera Theater of Northern Virginia. She explores personal stories and career paths of artists and arts administrators on her blog Indirect Routes.


Julianne Brienza 
is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Capital FringeJulianne is a founder of Capital Fringe and has been with Capital Fringe since its founding in 2005. She leads and guides Capital Fringe’s vision, change and community. Julianne has grown Capital Fringe’s budget from $300,000 to $1 million. She has grown and shaped programs to engage adventurous audiences and exploratory artists locally, nationally and internationally. Prior to founding Capital Fringe, Julianne moved to Washington DC in December 2003 to manage CulturalDC‘s Flashpoint project. She programmed Flashpoint venues, managed their arts incubator program, recruited participants and managed the facility. While at CulturalDC, Julianne started the Mead Theatre Lad Program – an intensive mentorship program for the performing arts. Julianne came to Washington, DC from Philadelphia where she created and ran the Greenfield Elementary School artist-in-residency program for Mum Puppettheatre. She also served as Managing Director of 1812 Productions – a non-profit theatre company that focuses on comedy. Also, she worked with FringeArts for three years in various capacities from venue manager, box office, to performing in Festival productions. Previously, she was a Professional Apprentice with the Arden Theatre Company. Born and raised in Dillon, Montana, Julianne is a graduate Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI with a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Theatre, Minors, Philosophy and Visual Arts, Magna Cum Laude and The Sandglass Theatre’s Puppet Residency at Marlboro College.

Anne L'Ecuyer

Anne L’Ecuyer is a writer and consultant who stays closely connected to an international network of city leaders, cultural professionals, and individual artists. She is an expert in the creative industries and cultural tourism in the United States, as well as the contributions of the arts toward educational, social, and environmental goals. Anne previously served as Associate Vice President for Field Services at Americans for the Arts. In this role, she produced an annual program of leadership events for a national audience of cultural professionals and their allies in government, business, and education. She consulted directly with hundreds of local arts leaders to provide strategy and support for their efforts and routinely met with delegations of foreign cultural leaders on visits sponsored by the U.S. State Department. She served as editor of the Americans for the Arts Monograph Series, and is the author of Public Funding for the Arts at the Local Level. Anne owns and operates the Washington Writer’s Retreat, a private writing and research residency in the nation’s capital. She is an essayist at work on a book-length collection that profiles cultural leaders in ten American cities. Anne also consults independently with businesses, nonprofits, and public institutions. Her clients have included Culture Action Europe, the Canadian Conference on the Arts, and the California Arts Council. She holds a bachelors degree from Northern Arizona University, studied public policy at the University of Maryland at College Park.

See you Sunday, March 23 for the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium!