Kelly Tweeddale, Executive Director of the Seattle Opera, joins the MFA in Arts Leadership faculty to teach Boards and Volunteers in Arts Organizations. She has spent the last 25 years in the performing arts with a focus on developing new audiences, managing major transitions, and increasing earned revenues.Tweeddale is responsible for the opera’s daily operations as well as implementation of the company’s long-range strategic plan. She is currently overseeing the consolidation of its operations as it moves into a new space adjacent to the performance hall.“Kelly brings extensive experience with an internationally recognized arts organization,” said MFA Director Kevin Maifeld. “Our students are poised to be leaders of arts organizations, and they will greatly benefit from her success in two critical areas of any arts organization, board and volunteer development.”Prior to being named Executive Director, Tweeddale held positions of administrative director and marketing and communications director. She had a leadership role in the development of Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, which opened in June 2003. Tweeddale, who taught marketing and communications at the University of Washington, was board chair for Tessitura Network, a nonprofit dedicated to software development and support for the performing arts sector. She currently serves on the board of the Burke Museum and is a member of the oversight committee for Project Audience, a collaborative community looking to standardize and enhance audience engagement in the arts through technology and practice. She also is a member of the steering committee of the Prosperity Partnership, an initiative that looks at the role the arts play in the Puget Sound region.
The MFA in Arts Leadership has full membership in the Association of Arts Administration Educators. Full membership in the association is akin to accreditation for MFA programs.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate degrees and 7 advanced degrees.
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