KENDRA WHITLOCK INGRAM
INCOMING PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
MARCUS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The Marcus Performing Arts Center's Board of Directors is tremendously excited to announce that nationally recognized performing arts leader Kendra Whitlock Ingram will join the Marcus Center team as our next President & Chief Executive Officer. Kendra will succeed Paul Mathews, who, earlier this year, announced his plans to retire after more than two decades of leadership of the Marcus Center.
Kendra is a gifted, visionary leader who is a perfect fit to lead the Marcus Center into its next 50 years of success. She brings deep performing arts experience, an exceptional track record of success and core values that are aligned with both the tradition of the Marcus Center as well as our future.
She most recently served as Executive Director of the University of Denver’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts, where she earned national recognition for the caliber of new programming, the depth of community engagement and the financial health of the organization.
Kendra most recently served as Executive Director of the University of Denver’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts, where she was nationally recognized for the caliber of new programming, the depth of community engagement and the financial health of the organization.
During her tenure, the organization increased subscription packages by 200% and achieved budget surpluses every year. Prior to her work at the Newman Center, she was Vice President of Programming and Education at the Omaha Performing Arts Center. She has also held leadership roles with the Shenandoah Conservatory, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and Tulsa Philharmonic.
Bachelor of Science, Music Education
Major instrument: Viola | Minor instrument: Piano
Master of Business Administration
Concentration: Human resources, organizational theory, change management University of Nebraska Omaha
Fellow, Orchestra Management Fellowship Program
Recipient of the School of Music Outstanding Music Education Student Award League of American Symphony Orchestras
Ingram’s volunteer work in the performing arts industry includes board service for:
- The Association of Performing Arts Professionals;
- The Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation;
- The City of Denver Cultural Commission; and
- The Western Arts Alliance Conference Committee.
Additionally, she previously served as a member of the Denver Arts and Diversity Leadership Council; the Denver Arts and Venues Music Strategy Advisory Panel; and The Broadway League’s diversity committee.