WAA recognizes the importance of leadership in anticipating the future needs of the field, and so committee work is vital to the governance and direction of Western Arts Alliance. Each committee member is dedicated to WAA’s mission and to the advancement of the performing arts field through innovative thinking and ground-breaking initiatives. WAA’s strategic plan helps inform the work that each committee undertakes every year, and includes both planning and implementing short- and long-range goals. 

Committees are chaired or co-chaired by members of the WAA board, and all members of WAA are eligible to serve on committees (though committee members are not required to be WAA members). Committee chairs work closely with the president and staff to compose committees that represent the diverse membership of WAA and the performing arts field, balancing experience with fresh perspective by taking each committee member’s specialty, place and type of employment, location, and diversity in both ethnicity and opinion into consideration. It is WAA’s intention to involve as many members as possible in committee activities (without sacrificing continuity), and to continually promote the introduction of new members to the volunteer experience. All committee members are held to the same standard as the WAA Board of Directors regarding commitment, ethics, and accountability to Western Arts Alliance and its work.

Committee terms generally begin and end the week after the WAA Conference. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please submit a letter of interest and current resume to Below are the committees for the 2016 - 2017 conference cycle.

* Denotes 2017 WAA Board Member

Communications Committee

The communications committee is charged with actively communicating the work of Western Arts Alliance, the membership and the field. The committee will oversee high-level strategies that advance the development and delivery of WAA's brand and messaging.

Wiley Hausam*, Co-Chair

Private Consultant

Emerson Bran*, Co-Chair

Emerson Bran Management

Jack Forman

BiCoastal Productions

Alice Lin

Yerba Buena Garden Festival

Tom Sessa

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts

Lacey Wright

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

Joseph Yoshitomi

TheaterMania / Ovation Tix

Conference Committee

The conference committee oversees the planning and program design of the WAA Annual Conference and ensures that conference goals and strategies, as established by the board, are met. The committee is responsible for leadership, program and resource development, community building, and ensuring WAA's success as a marketplace.

Jeremy Ganter*, Co-Chair

Mondavi Center, UC Davis

Joe McIalwain*, Co-Chair

Edmonds Center for the Arts

Camille Barigar

Arts on Tour

Rachel Cohen

Cadence Arts Network

Karen Fischer

Pasifika Artists Network

Jason Hodges

Anchorage Concert Association

Sophie Myrtil-McCourty

Lotus Arts Management

Cathy Pruzan

Cathy Pruzan Artist Representative

Jerry Ross

Harmony Artists

Host Subcommittee - Seattle, WA

The host subcommittee is an adjunct of the conference committee. The subcommittee is responsible for enhancing local connections with the annual conference especially local and regional outreach, development, and resource expertise.

Joe McIalwain*, Chair

Edmonds Center for the Arts

Ronda Billerbeck

Cultural Programs, City of Kent

Frances Chapin

City of Edmonds

Irene Gomez

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Llysa Holland

Theatre Simple

Alison Loerke

Alia Productions

Jack McLarnan

Seattle Theatre Group

Doreen Mitchum


Lacey Wright

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

Showcase Subcommittee

The showcase subcommittee is an adjunct of the conference committee. The primary responsibility of the subcommittee is to adjudicate the juried showcase that takes place at the annual conference. The committee is also responsible for informing WAA's long-term showcase strategy.

Wiley Hausam*, Chair

Private Consultant

Molly Clark

ArtPower, UC San Diego

Tim DuRoche

World Affairs Council of Oregon

Denisse Flores

Cultura Universidad de Guadalajara

Wendi Hassan

Cache Valley Center for the Arts

Derrick McBride

Opus 3 Artists

Michael Solomon

The Music Center

Executive Committee

The executive committee is responsible for working in support of, or occasionally in place of, the full board.

Cory Baker*, President

The Long Center for Performing Arts

Jeremy Ganter*, Vice-President

Mondavi Center, UC Davis

Cindy Hwang*, Secretary/Treasurer

Cadenza Artists

Beth Macmillan*, Immediate Past President

Artown Festival

Chris Wolf*, At-Large Committee Member

Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation

Finance Committee

The finance committee is responsible for assisting the board in ensuring the organization is in good fiscal health.

Cindy Hwang*, Chair

Cadenza Artists

Joan Braun

CU Artist Series

Christine Lim

San Francisco Perfromances

Joe McIalwain*

Edmonds Center for the Arts

Elizabeth Roth

Roth Arts

Governance Committee

The governance committee is responsible for ongoing review and recommendations to enhance the quality and future viability of the board.

Beth Macmillan*, Chair

Artown Festival

Sarah McCarthy

Dandelion Artists

Heather Rigby

Ford Theatre Foundation

Jeremy Ganter

Mondavi Center, UC Davis

Joseph Copley


Joowan Kim

Ensemble Milk Nawooj

AnneMarie Martins

SRO Artists, Inc.

Membership Committee

The goal of the membership committee is to recruit and retain performing arts professionals as active members of Western Arts Alliance. Goal 1: To increase the association's membership and improve member retention. Goal 2: To identify the needs of the membership; ensure that the board is made aware of these needs; and implement, facilitate, and support initiatives to meet these needs.

Joyce Hinton*, Co-Chair

Chan Center for the Performing Arts

Eleanor Oldham*, Co-Chair

2Luck Concepts

Christian Wolf*, Awards Liaison

Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation

Jason Belz

Kirshbaum Associates, Inc

Shane Cadman

Whittier College

Elizabeth Duffel

Meany Center for the Performing Arts

Romana Jaroff

IMG Artists

Awards Subcommittee

The goal of WAA's Awards Program is to nurture and celebrate leadership, encourage best practices that stimulate the field, promote volunteerism and service to WAA, and strengthen and celebrate WAA as a community of peers and professionals. The awards subcommittee is an adjunct of the membership committee. The subcommittee organizes and reviews the nominations for the awards program and selects winners under the policies and procedures established by the board of directors. The awards subcommittee is also responsible for periodic review of the awards program and policy.

Christian Wolf*, Chair

Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation

Joyce Hinton*, Membership Liaison

Chan Center for the Performing Arts

Eleanor Oldham*, Membership Liaison

2Luck Concepts

Mentoring Committee

The mentoring committee is charged with connecting, enriching, and engaging the next generation of WAA members and leaders.

Dani Fecko,* Co-Chair

Fascinator Management

Christian Wolf*, Co-Chair

Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation

Rick Farrell

ICM Partners

Ally Haynes-Hamblen

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

David Pier

Harris Center for the Arts

Ken Waldman

Ken Waldman, Nomadic Productions

Professional Development Committee

The professional development committee is charged with overseeing the scope, quality, and delivery of WAA's education and professional development activities. The committee shall ensure that WAA’s professional development programs meet the needs of the staff of presenting organizations, artists, producing companies, artist representatives, and other interested professionals.

Dani Fecko*, Chair

Fascinator Management

Heather Rigby*, Co-Chair

Ford Theatre Foundation

Armando Castellano

Quinteto Latino

Nancy Christensen

Christensen Arts LLC

Antonio Gomez

Broadway Center for the Arts

Elissa Greene

Strings Music Festival

Matt McNally

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

Charlie Robin

The Capitol Theatre

Special Committee - Strategic Planning Committee

The Strategic Planning Committee gathers every two years to plan and prioritize WAA's goals for the future of the organization.

Jeremy Ganter*, Co-Chair

Mondavi Center, UC Davis

Eleanor Oldham*, Co-Chair

2Luck Concepts

Heather Rigby* 

Ford Theatre Foundation

Dani Fecko* 

Fascinator Management

Andre Bouchard *

Walrus Arts Management

Benjamin Maimin

Opus 3 Artists

Special Committee - CODA Committee

CODA’s purpose is to further WAA’s interests by helping provide for the organization’s financial stability, providing advice and service to the Executive Director and the Board, and establishing a forum within which former directors and officers may continue to serve WAA and its members. CODA members will also serve as mentors to early and mid-career members of WAA. For information on CODA membership, please contact

Julia Glawe, Chair

Pomegranate Arts

Beth Macmillan*, Board Liaison

Artown Festival

Michael Blachly

University of Florida, Performing Arts

Aaron Egigian

Sergerstrom Center for the Arts

David Fischer

Broadway Center for the Arts

John Haynes

Tateuchi Center

Irene Namkung

Traditional Arts Services

Renae Williams Niles

USC Kaufman School of Dance

Martin Wollesen

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Special Committee - Conexiones: Latino Arts @ WAA

The Conexiones: Latino Arts @ WAA is WAA's new interest group dedicated to advancing Latino engagement, participation, and programming at Western Arts Alliance and in your communities.

Emerson Bran*, Chair

Emerson Bran Management

Heather Rigby*, Co-Chair

Ford Theatre Foundation

Shane Cadman

Whittier College

Phil Esparza

CSU Monterey Bay World Theater

Lynn Fisher

Frontera Arts

Beto Gonzalez

Alliance for California Traditional Arts

Tony Gomez

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

Leah Keith

Opus 3 Artists

Dwayne Ulloa

AKA Productions/Latino Entertainment

Special Committee - 35 Below

35 Below is a non-governing, self- organized advisory body, whose purpose is to strengthen the bond among Western Arts Alliance affiliates under 35, to connect them with more established members, to gather ground for the creative impulse of the younger generation, and to provide a channel through which young performing arts professionals can feel powerful and comfortable contributing to the field.

Jack Forman, Co-Chair

BiCoastal Productions

Jennifer Fukutomi-Jones, Co-Chair

UC Davis Mondavi Center

Dani Fecko*, Board Liaison

Fascinator Management

Marcelo Avilés

Yerba Buena Arts & Events

Issac Bunch

Sciolino Artist Management

James Fredrick

Anchorage Concert Association

Gillian Jones

Edmonds Center for the Arts

Greg Kastelman

Cadenza Artists

Brian Reid


Special Committee - Indigenous Performance Steering Committee

Andre Bouchard *, Chair

Walrus Arts Management

Vancouver, WA, United States

Cole Alvis

Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance

Toronto, ON, Canada

Ryan Cunningham

Native Earth Performing Arts

Toronto, ON, Canada

Miria George

Creative New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

Ben Graetz

Darwin Entertainment Center

Darwin, Australia

Kale Hannahs

Hawaiian Musician

Honolulu, HI, United States

Horomona Horo

Taonga Puoro composer and practitioner

Hamilton, New Zealand

Emily Johnson

Catalyst Dance

Minneapolis, MN, United States

Margo Kane

Full Circle: First Nations Performance

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Sandra Laronde

Red Sky Performance, The Banff Centre

Banff, AB, Canada

Rachael Maza

Ilbijerri Theatre Company

North Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Lydia Miller

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts

Surry Hills, NSW, Australia