Keryl McCord

Keryl McCordMs. McCord and her family relocated to Georgia in 2006 after nine years in New Jersey. Keryl is a native New Yorker with deep roots in both the North and South but 2006 marked her first time living in the region. A veteran arts management professional, and theater director, her career now spans decades, and thousands of miles as she has lived and worked on both coasts, with ten years in the Bay Area theater community, five years of which she was Managing Director of Oakland Ensemble Theater, a five hundred seat equity theater in downtown Oakland. She served as a board member for Theater Bay Area, the theater service organization for non-profit theater.

After a brief stint as Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theaters/League of Chicago Theaters Foundation, a trade association, and service organization for more than three hundred commercial and non-profit theater organizations, she moved to Washington, DC to become Director of Theater Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts.

After leaving the Endowment, Ms. McCord consulted with arts organizations such as Arts Midwest, and the Wisconsin State Arts Board, directing a leadership development program for senior arts managers, and conducting an organizational assessment for 11 arts organizations across the state of Wisconsin.

Finally in 1997 the call came to serve as Managing Director of Crossroads Theater Company, a LORT theater company in New Brunswick, New Jersey where the company transferred its first Broadway production, IT AIN’T NOTHING BUT THE BLUES, and the company received the Tony Award as Outstanding Regional Theater in 1999. IT AIN’T NOTHING BUT THE BLUES received four Tony nominations.

Ms McCord left Crossroads Theater in 1999 to work with the African Grove Institute for the Arts, (AGIA) founded by the late Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, August Wilson, and served as a founding board member. Ms. McCord served as Senior Vice President with AGIA for five years. A think tank and service organization, AGIA was born out of the historic National Black Theater Summit on Golden Pond, convened by Mr. Wilson in 1998 at Dartmouth College.

Prior to moving to Georgia, Ms. McCord was Director of Institutional Development for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with a responsibility to raise $6.5 million annually, and oversee a fundraising staff of five. Her life took an unexpected turn in 2006 as her husband came to Atlanta to head up a hospital network/service firm.