DEVON BERKSHIRE leads the conference producing team at TCG, and has an expansive background in event management, non-profit administration, business development, and theatre. With TCG she has produced and helped to curate the programming for six national conferences, including the record-breaking 2016 Theatre Nation in Washington, DC; she has also been on the producing team of every Fall Forum on Governance since 2012, and TCG’s two Audience (R)Evolution Convenings. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and received her M.F.A. in acting from the American Repertory Theater’s (ART) Institute at Harvard University and Moscow Art Theatre, after which she founded an arts-centric events production company, attended NYU’s summer intensive on events marketing, and did a stint planning business development events in the corporate sphere. Devon was a co-founder, former Producing Director and President of Studio 42, a NYC-based company dedicated to producing the most adventurous work of emerging playwrights from 2000-2015. She has performed off Broadway in New York, regionally, and internationally. Read more about her and her thoughts on theatre, producing, and parenthood on her blog: fempresario.wordpress.com
The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s success during Deborah Borda’s 17-year tenure was chosen for case studies by Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. During her first decade in Los Angeles, Ms. Borda designed an acclaimed business, education, and curatorial plan credited with restoring the orchestra to robust artistic and financial health. She reinvigorated plans to build and launch Walt Disney Concert Hall, oversaw the addition of a new shell for the Hollywood Bowl, and reimagined and diversified programming at both venues. She also spearheaded the appointment of music director Gustavo Dudamel. Committed to the orchestra’s social imperative, Ms. Borda and Mr. Dudamel invested in groundbreaking educational initiatives, including the founding of YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), a flagship program that provides free after-school instruction to children in underserved communities, and the national Take a Stand initiative, which promotes the El Sistema philosophy of social change through music.
A former professional violist, Deborah Borda graduated from Bennington College and continued her studies at London’s Royal College of Music. She received an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. She is in demand internationally as a consultant and lecturer, and her accomplishments in the field of orchestral music have been cited in numerous reviews and articles, both nationally and internationally.
ADRIAN BUDHU is the Deputy Director & Chief Operating Officer, Theatre Communications Group. Adrian comes to TCG after five years at The Theater Offensive (TTO), an LGBTQ not-for-profit arts organization in Boston, MA. The strategies he implemented there have strengthened The Theater Offensive’s brand on a national scale, increased its profile in the community, broadened its support base, and built capacity and resources for its sustainability – retiring the organization’s debt, growing revenue from $0.5 million in 2011 to $1.3+ million in 2016, and building cash reserves. Other professional experience includes: GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project, XAMOnline.com, Metro Boston Newspaper, and John Hancock Financial. Adrian lives in New York City with his fiancé Chris, a surgical resident at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and Boston terrier named Jack. He’s an avid runner and completed numerous marathons fundraising over $200K to benefit LGBTQ youth, people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, homeless people, survivors of Hurricane Katrina, and victims of domestic abuse. Adrian has won numerous awards for his leadership and activism. His prior affiliations include: the Boston Cultural Change Network (committed to collective action for social justice through Arts & Culture), the Boston Creates Leadership Council, where he advised and helped shepherd Boston's cultural plan into implementation; TCG’s Board of Directors (from which he has since resigned); and Point Foundation’s National Board of Directors.
TERESA EYRING joined TCG in March 2007. Prior to arriving at TCG, Eyring spent more than twenty years as an executive in theatres around the U.S. Positions included: managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) in Minneapolis from 1999-2007; managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia from 1994-1999; and assistant executive director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis from 1989-1993. She began her theatre career as director of development for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., in 1983. She holds a B.A. in international relations from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in theatre administration from Yale School of Drama. Eyring is currently active as an executive committee member of the Performing Arts Alliance, chair of the follow-up process for the 2008 National Performing Arts Convention, board member of The Actors Fund and was previously a member of the Tony Awards nominating committee.
DAVID GRANT is the former president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey. During his twelve years at the Dodge Foundation, David delivered over a hundred keynote addresses on a range of topics, led workshops titled Measuring What Matters for over two hundred nonprofit organizations, and launched the Dodge Board Leadership series. Now based in Vermont, he consults with mission-driven organizations, specializing in board development and strategic planning. He is a member of the Leap Ambassadors Community, a national group of experts and leader practitioners dedicated to high performance in the social sector.
David’s career has centered on innovative teaching and learning. In 1983, he and his wife, Nancy Boyd Grant, cofounded The Mountain School of Milton Academy, a highly regarded, semester-long, interdisciplinary environmental studies program in Vermont for high school juniors from throughout the country. Previously, David was a national consultant to schools and leader of workshops on topics of curriculum and program design, professional development, assessment practices, and school climate. He turned an academic/teaching interest in Mark Twain into a one-man stage show which he has performed around the world.
David has served on the boards of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers (chair); the Surdna Foundation; Putney School; Newark Academy; The Center for Whole Communities; The Children’s Initiative; Institute for Sustainable Communities; and Northern Stage (chair).
CAITLIN GREEN joined TRG Arts as a consulting analyst in 2017. Prior to TRG, she was the marketing and development director for THEATREWORKS, and the director of the Galleries of Contemporary Art, both in Colorado Springs. At THEATREWORKS, she led efforts that resulted in a doubling of contributed revenue, and increased earned revenue by more than 50%. She holds an MA in Art History, an MPA in Non-Profit Management, and has over 15 years of experience working to build audiences for arts and culture in Colorado.
JILL ROBINSON as President and CEO of TRG Arts sets the strategic vision for the international management consulting firm who works with arts and cultural organizations seeking sustainable revenue models and transformative operational practices.
Under Jill’s leadership, the firm has doubled in size, expanded to a second office based in the United Kingdom, and has now served more than 1,200 clients in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe.
As an entrepreneur and leadership expert, Jill inspires arts and cultural chief executives from around the world who attend TRG’s Executive Summits, subscribe to the firm’s publication Arts Leadership Review, and who participate in TRG’s Arts Leadership Book Club. Jill has presented at countless industry conferences and given keynotes at the Broadway League Spring Road Conference in New York City, the Dance/USA International Dance Manager’s convening in London, and the annual Conference on Marketing in the Arts in Madrid and Barcelona. She serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University for the Master of Arts Administration/Master of Business Administration program, and she recently joined the inaugural faculty for the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Cultural Leadership Program.
Jill is a true believer in the power of arts and culture to transform individuals and communities and is driven to help make sustainable change happen in the international arts and cultural sector.