KEN DENISON, SENIOR PROJECT ASSOCIATE Production and Organizational Management
Ken continues to serve the theatre sector as a highly successful producer and general manager in both non-profit and commercial settings. His experience as a senior manager for some of the country's premiere non-profit theatres and his commercial producing and management resume make him uniquely qualified to assist organizations find the best solutions to operational, production, and capital expansion issues.
Ken's work for such prestigious companies as Disney Theatrical Group, The Old Globe Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and WaxmanWilliams Entertainment, among others, gives him a breadth of training and experience shared by very few working in the field today. As the associate producer in charge of The Lion King for Disney, he mounted and managed productions of the Tony Award-winning hit musical on Broadway and in cities around the world. He served for nearly twenty years as the Director of Production for both the Globe and Berkeley Rep, maintaining financial and production oversight for over 250 productions in that capacity while simultaneously supervising plant operations and major capital projects. He has also had significant experience in site development, theatrical systems installations, and development of systematic interface between production, administrative, and financial functions in highly complex, multi-venue organizations.
A graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts with dual degrees in arts management and technical theatre, Ken also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in arts management from Webster University. In addition to his consulting assignments on behalf of AHA clients, he maintains an active career in the commercial theatre as the owner of Aruba Productions, Inc. in New York City.
NAOMI GRABEL, SENIOR PROJECT ASSOCIATE Marketing and Brand Strategy
Naomi has held positions for a good number of internationally renowned commercial and nonprofit theatrical and musical organizations. Her executive experience includes working as Vice President of Marketing, Publicity, Sales and Education at Disney Theatrical Group, CEO of The Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Director of Marketing and Creative Services at Carnegie Hall where she oversaw that iconic institution’s advertising, licensing, e-strategy, brand management, publications development and retail operations.
From 2006 through 2008, Naomi was Director of Marketing & Development, for the Sydney Opera House. In that capacity she led a major re-branding project for the organization as well as launching the first-ever philanthropy program for Australia’s leading arts center. Prior to that tenure, she was the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Other professional experience includes serving as Managing Director of Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater, Marketing Director of South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA, and Director of Communications for Houston’s Alley Theater.
Naomi has served on peer review panels for the National Endowment of the Arts and the New Jersey State Arts Council, and was on the Executive Committees of the League of Resident Theatres and of the Greater Philadelphia Theatre Alliance. She presently serves on the President’s Advisory Council of the Penn Museum, on the Board of Directors for Doug Varone and Dancers where she chaired the strategic planning process, and is the Co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women, an international service organization promoting visibility and opportunities for women in theatre.
She has been a guest-lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, NYU, Duke University, SMU and Texas A&M. Ms. Grabel is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the University of Pennsylvania.