Arizona Theatre Company Adds Three New Administrators

Posted By on March 15, 2018

Arizona Theatre Company has announced the addition three new administrators — Sue DeBenedette as Director of Marketing, John Geersten as Company Manager and Julia Waterfall-Kanter as Director of Development.

“Combined, Sue, John and Julia bring more than 60 years of experience in their respective areas of expertise to Arizona Theatre Company, experience that will be vitally important as we lay the foundation for ATC’s next 50 years. We were so impressed with each individual’s talents and experience, and when each of them expressed their main motivation for joining the team was the desire to be in a position where they could have a significant impact on an organization, that sealed the deal for us,” said Arizona Theatre Company managing director Billy Russo and artistic director David Ivers in a joint statement.

DeBenedette most recently served as chief marketing and development officer at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. She has also served as marketing director for Tucson Symphony Orchestra, director of marketing for PolyGram Records in Australia and in International Marketing at A&M Records in New York and Los Angeles.

Waterfall-Kanter has more than two decades of experience leading fund development efforts for several organizations including Arizona Opera, Tucson Jewish Community Center, Up With People and Social Venture Partners Tucson. One of her first jobs was as associate director of development at Arizona Theatre Company.

Geersten served for seven years as managing associate and company manager at Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City. He also worked as an equity stage manager for the company’s new play series and main stage shows His stage management experience also includes the 2009 U.S. Tour of the Royal Ballet School, “The Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes”and the Los Angeles-based celebrity charity concert, “What a Pair!”. His television associate producer credits include the “MTV Movie,” “VH1 Fashion,” “My VH1” and “Big In” award shows, and Paul McCartney’s “Driving USA Tour.”

Jamie Killin

About Jamie Killin

Jamie Killin is the web editor for Frontdoors Media. She also is a freelance journalist who has been published in Thrillist, Phoenix Magazine, So Scottsdale!, The Arizona Republic and more.

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