Ms. Hewett comes to SDCF from The Shubert Foundation (TSF), where she worked as Senior Program Associate since 2014. At TSF, she conducted site visits nationally, made funding recommendations, and represented TSF at national conferences and play festivals. Prior to her tenure at TSF, Hewett was a Program Specialist with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA). There, she oversaw a portfolio of 150 non-profit organizations across the five boroughs, conducted site visits, led funding panels, and served as the department’s point person for CASA, an after-school arts education initiative. Hewett holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism/Performance as Public Practice from University of Texas, Austin, where she also served as lecturer, and a B.A. in Theatre, with a Women’s Studies minor, from The College of William and Mary. Additional professional experience includes Virginia Shakespeare Festival, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Williamstown Theatre Festival.
As Executive Director of SDCF, Hewett will lead the Foundation’s efforts to create access to the field for emerging directors and choreographers, connect artists, advance the craft of directing and choreography, and honor the theatrical legacy of these artists at every stage of their career. She will work under the leadership of the SDCF Board of Trustees, headed by President Sheldon Epps, Vice President/Secretary Mark Brokaw, and Treasurer Ethan McSweeny, as well as Trustees Linda Hartzell, Anne Kauffman, Mark Lamos, and Laura Penn.
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