Minneapolis, Minn. – Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) announced today the appointment of Michael Winn as the organization’s new Director of Community Partnerships and Inclusion. Winn has served as the Audience Development Manager at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA for over five years. He brings significant experience working in communities and serving as a key driver of the Alliance Theatre’s EDI efforts through their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Staff and Board Committee. He was a 2016 cohort member of ArtEquity, and the recipient of the 2015/16 TCG Audience Revolution Travel Grant. Michael Winn begins his new role at CTC on September 10, 2018.
Winn’s work in community engagement and audience development grew audiences from under-represented communities in the Atlanta area, and created dozens of partnerships and events each season. He has built lasting partnerships with a diverse group of organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), The Counter Narrative Project, Ebenezer Baptist Church, The Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative, Temple Sinai, the American Jewish Committee, the El Farooq Masjid, Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlanta and Emory University’s Center for Ethics.
“Michael brings tremendous experience building mutually beneficial relationships between a wide range of community organizations and theatre,” said Kimberly Motes, CTC’s managing director. “His experience advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion inside a theatre our size will deepen CTC’s work to date. We are excited to welcome Michael to CTC and to have him lead the full realization of our ACT One commitment to a future where our theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community.”
“I am so excited to work at an institution that helps guarantee the longevity of theatre by partnering with leading artists in our field,” stated Michael Winn. “This amazing work creates active and engaged new audiences. It is an honor to be a part of a team that puts Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as a core value of the institution.”
Michael Winn is an alumnus of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School, and holds a B.A. in History from Stillman College, an HBCU.
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for young people and serves a multigenerational audience. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire for nearly 275,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to creating world class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.
CTC’s education programs annually serve more than 93,000 young people and their communities through Theatre Arts Training, student matinees, Neighborhood Bridges, and early childhood arts education programs. ACT One is CTC’s comprehensive platform for access, diversity, and inclusion in our audiences, programs, staff, and board that strives to ensure the theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community. childrenstheatre.org