THOMAS HALL, MANAGING PARTNER
As AlbertHall&Associates’ Managing Partner, Tom oversees the firm's practice from its office in California. Prior to joining AHA, Tom had a distinguished career as an executive director and theatre producer with success across multiple disciplines at the national, state, and local levels. As Managing Director of the Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theatre, he oversaw its steady pattern of growth from a well-respected regional company to one of the nation's most influential nonprofit professional theatres. While with the Globe, he produced nearly 300 main stage productions, many of which transferred to leading regional theatres and Broadway. As a commercial producer, he produced or co-produced over a dozen plays and musicals on and off Broadway, on national tour, and in London's West End, including with the international hit THE FULL MONTY.
As the Executive Producer of performing arts programming for San Diego’s Soviet Arts Festival - Treasures of the Soviet Union, Tom was responsible for programming and producing works by the Moscow Circus, the first U.S. performances of Georgian Rezo Gabriadze's famed Tbilisi State Puppet Theatre and, the American premiere of the world-renowned Maly Drama Theatre’s epic production, BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
With Alberthall&Associates, Tom continues to engage in a broad practice as consultant, executive coach, teacher and leadership trainer. For two decades he has advised or recruited executives to many of America's leading theatres such as The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory and The Public Theater, among many others. He has also had the pleasure of working with such renowned non theatrical companies as HBO Films, the Sundance Institute and the Redford Center. Over that same period, Tom has served the broader non-profit sector in California as a facilitator, trainer, and executive coach for the Fieldstone Leadership Network in Southern California.
In addition to his professional activities, Tom has served on many public boards and commissions, including three terms as President, and two as Vice President, of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and nine years as a member of the California Arts Council, three as its Chair. He has served on the Board of Governors of the San Diego Foundation. Tom has been a panel chair, panelist, and site visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. On numerous occasions, He has testified before congress and state and local governments concerning arts policy, legislation and public sector funding. He often lectures on arts administration and labor relations at leading universities and law schools including, Duke University and the Yale School of Drama. He is also sought after as a speaker/presenter and planning consultant for many nonprofit organizations and service agencies, including Theatre Communications Group, Theatre Forward, TACA, the Calfiornia Arts Council and Fieldstone’s Crossroads board development program to name a few.
Tom is an honors graduate from University of California and is certified by the Institute for Cultural Affairs (ICA-US) in group facilitation and organizational planning.
CHRISTINE O’CONNOR, PRINCIPAL
Christine has been with AlbertHall nearly since its founding serving clients across a broad spectrum of disciplines. With a successful career spanning over twenty-five years on the senior management team of many of the country’s most prominent non-profit theatres, universities and consulting firms, she brings a wealth of fundraising and organizational success to her work with AlbertHall&Associates.
Prior to joining the firm, Christine served as Director of Development for Seattle Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and as a development officer for San Francisco Opera and Folger Theatre Group in Washington, DC. As both an independent consultant and a senior associate with Bentz Whaley Flessner, Christine provided consulting services to a diverse base of clients in the fields of theatre, opera, publishing, municipal funding and higher education, among others.
Christine is a frequent guest lecturer in professional and academic settings, has taught arts management courses for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Washington and San Francisco State University, and currently teaches in the MFA program for arts leadership at Seattle University. She is also a contributor to arts publications, and authored the chapter on capital and endowment campaigns for the recently released book, The Art of Governance, published by Theatre Communications Group.
In addition to her consulting and teaching activities, Christine has been an active volunteer with a variety of non-profit organizations such as the Washington Women’s Foundation, ArtsFund, St. Joseph School, and Holy Names Academy. She has also served as a panelist with the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the Council on Foundations, the California Arts Council and as Trustee/Chair of the Kronos Quartet. She holds a BA from Chatham University and is certified by the Institute for Cultural Affairs in group facilitation methods.