Craig Hankenson

Craig Hankenson, president of Producers, Inc, has been in the entertainment business since 1958.

Summary of accomplishments, in addition to serving as president of Producers, Inc. since its incorporation in 1980, Craig has also served as chairman of the department of Fine Arts Management and Events, U. of South Florida (1983-86); executive director, Wolf Trap Foundation Of The Performing Arts (three seasons); director, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (11 seasons); founder/moderator, Summer Festival Managers (nine years); president, Performing Arts Association of New York (five years); associate director/business manager, Brevard Music Center (three seasons); Ford Foundation Management intern; San Francisco Opera (three years); business manager/stage manager, stage director, Chautauqua Opera (five seasons) and head of Voice and Opera, Auburn University (three years).

Craig’s career course was set at age of 7 when, living in the South, he began singing as a boy soprano. He entered the University Of Southern Mississippi, then transferred to Eastman School of Music, where he earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in voice and opera and credits toward a Doctorate Degree.
After three years as chairman of the Voice Department at Auburn University, and singing professionally, he received a 3-year Ford Foundation grant in opera management, with the San Francisco Opera as an assistant to the General Director, Kurt Herbert Adler. This experience changed his career path from performing to performing arts administration.

Craig became a pioneer in using computers productively in the performing arts. In San Francisco, Craig conceived the idea of computerized tickets. In 1962 he began sending proposals to computer companies. Conceived for marketing and accounting control, it was not until 1968, as the director of The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), that his concept became practical when a member of SPAC’s board of directors, Edgar Bronfman, funded the idea, and Ticketron was born. SPAC became the first facility to have a fully computerized box office. In the late 1970’s, using the newly available personal computer, he wrote software to streamline the fund-raising, budgeting, programming and management activities of his office at SPAC and later Wolf Trap.

Craig spent eleven years at SPAC which was the summer home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, The New York City Ballet and John Houseman’s The Acting Company (which SPAC participated in founding).

As Executive Director of Wolf Trap, Craig was in charge of programming and administration and was also director of the Wolf Trap Opera Training Program. Craig resigned from Wolf Trap to form Producers, Incorporated. In 1984, he moved the company from Vienna, VA to Tampa, Florida to take a position at the University Of South Florida as Chairman of the department of Fine Arts Management and Events to create a graduate degree program for them in Performing Arts management.
As President of Producers, Incorporated Craig also serves as the company’s international contact contracting tours. He serves a limited number of performing arts organizations as a programming consultant and secures major talent for them through the contacts he has developed over the years with other agencies.

Craig is married to Kathy Donaldson Hankenson, Vice President of Producers, Inc. They have a daughter Jennifer, who is an MD with Georgetown Hospitals in Washington, D.C. Craig’s older daughter by a previous marriage, Meridith, has her own agency A.C.T.S. Craig is an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Craig has served as consultant to, as a board-member, or as member of many performing arts organizations, including National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Governor’s Commission on Arts in Education, New York State Title III Advisory Council, New York State Council on the Arts, Eastman School of Music Alumni Council, Clemson University, New York Empire College, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, City of Concord (CA) Pavilion, Meadow Brook Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, Mud Island Festival, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, University of South Florida, The Richmond Symphony, The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and The Florida Orchestra, and for numerous performing arts centers and summer festivals both for start up, strategy, programming and operations.
As a presenter he has presented hundreds of attractions, classical and popular for audiences from 200 to 30,000 fans as varied as The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Metropolitan Opera, Frank Sinatra, Isaac Stern, Pete Fountain, Elton John, The Rolling Stones and The Who. On Broadway he was executive producer of the “”Brigadoon”” revival at The Majestic Theater.

For TV, Craig served as executive producer of the Great American Music Festival for ABC in 1974 and produced six productions for PBS’s Live From Wolf Trap series, 1977-1980.

raig’s biography can be found in the Marquis Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in The United States and Who’s Who in The World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in The East, Who’s Who in The South and Southwest, Who’s Who In American Education, Music Industry Directory, Notable Americans of the Bicentennial Era, National Directory for Performing Arts & Civic Centers, Dictionarie des Biographies Internationale, and Biographies of International Executives and Leaders. Craig’s biography is contained in the President’s White House bicentennial vault.