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Fran Kumin

Fran Kumin is a consultant to not-for-profit performing arts organizations, foundations, and university theater programs.  Her consultancy focuses on program planning and evaluation; executive search; research; and meeting facilitation. She frequently lectures about a variety of arts topics at leading universities, most recently to graduate students in producing and arts management at Columbia University.

Fran previously served as Director of Theater at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in Philadelphia, where she was in charge of grants and programs designed to strengthen the theater community and as a Vice President of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), where she supervised a broad range of artistic and management programs and coordinated the organization’s research and advocacy efforts.    

A founding partner of Simon and Kumin Casting, she cast close to forty Broadway plays and more than one hundred regional theater productions at such theaters as the Stratford Festival; Arena Stage in Washington, DC; California’s La Jolla Playhouse; and the Yale Repertory Theatre.

The Orchestrated Collisions of Jim Houghton
Essay

The Orchestrated Collisions of Jim Houghton

19 September 2015

Fran Kumin in conversation with Signature Theatre’s outgoing artistic director, Jim Houghton.

Meaningful Dialogue
Essay

Meaningful Dialogue

a season at Victory Gardens Theater

14 September 2015

Fran Kumin interviews Chay Yew, Aristic Director of Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago about season planning.

Friday Phone Call # 13
Podcast

Friday Phone Call # 13

Fran Kumin

9 March 2012

Listen to weekly podcasts hosted by David Dower as he interviews theater artists from around the country to highlight #newplay bright spots. This week: Fran Kumin of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Season Planning
Series

Season Planning

As a field, we talk frequently about the results of season planning, but we rarely are given the opportunity to examine the myriad decisions season programmers need to make.