MEREDITH BEAN McMATH Arts Management Professional / Writer and Producer / Historian Currently General Manager, Run Rabbit Run Productions, Inc. and Run Rabbit Run Theatre McMath uses her extensive knowledge and experience in the field of history, education, theatre production and directing to create high impact public programming which have included educational living history productions and presentations and interactive lectures and lecture series. These have been commissioned by museums, schools and libraries. Commissioned works have appeared at The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, The Newseum, The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, the National Trust’s Oatlands Plantation, Fairfax County Park Authority, The Loudoun Museum, and the National Park Service’s Ford’s Theatre. Through Run Rabbit Run Theatre, McMath directs and produces two to three shows per year, managing all aspects of each production; she hires staff and secures interns and volunteers; establishes contracts and rental agreements; tracks budgets, manages online box office; designs marketing campaigns (press releases, print ads, web content, posters and postcards, flyers and brochures and Social Networking tools), studies effective marketing, tracking metrics on media investment, and manage facilities and productions. She also attends events and forums to keep up with current trends and network with potential partners, and provides talks, coursework and presentations.
Publicist / Marketing Consultant, 1990-present Creates websites, marketing campaigns, graphics, press content and promotional strategies to enhance brand and sales. Former clients and affiliates include:
The Loudoun Lyric Opera Company
868 Estate Vineyards
Cranial Tap Software Company
Grandale Farm Restaurant
The Round Hill Arts Center
The Loudoun Museum
The Tally Ho Theatre
The Growing Stage
Not Just Shakespeare, Inc.
The Hillsboro Concert Series
Freelance Writer / Columnist (1987 to the present) McMath’s articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Loudoun Magazine, The Piedmont Virginian, Loudoun Times-Mirror, Blue Ridge Leader, Middleburg Life, Blue Ridge Leader and Loudoun Art Magazine.
Program Director, Round Hill Arts Center (2008-09) Managed all aspects of the nonprofit arts center’s activities, including the Gallery Gift Shop, exhibits, performances, workshops, classes and special events; secured artists and teachers, budgets and contracts; created, managed and evaluated all public programming; planned and coordinated effective PR campaigns and cost-benefit analyses that maximized the center’s potential, and worked with the staff and volunteers to implement changes which led to a marked increase in public participation and a doubling of tuition income.
Managing Producer and Artistic Director, Aurora Studio Theatre, Inc. (2004-08) This non-profit theatre company located in Loudoun County, Virginia, created high-quality community theatre work while raising thousands of dollars for organzations such as The Make a Wish Foundation and The Blue Ridge Hospice.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS / NON-PROFIT BOARD SERVICE
Board Memeber, Very Special Arts - Loudoun (2017 - )
Grant Panelist for Region IVb, Virginia Commission for the Arts (2015-2016, 2013-14, 2010-11)
Board Member, Loudoun Lyric Opera Company (2008-15)
Board Member, Hillsboro, Virginia Planning Commission (2008-14)
Board of Directors, The Hillsboro Community Association (1990 - 2014)
Steering Committee Member, Franklin Park Arts Center Play Festivals and Competitions (2011)
Board Member, Advisory Commission on Youth (ACOY), Loudoun County (2010-11)
Committee Member, Leesburg Performing Arts Center Economic Development Task Force (2007-08)
Steering Committee Member, Loudoun Youth Initiative of Loudoun County (2006)
Board Member, Loudoun Arts Council (2005-07)
Founder and Board of Directors member, Aurora Studio Theatre, Inc. (2004-08)
Associate Member, Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. (2003-07)
Founding Board of Directors Member, Not Just Shakespeare Theatre Company (2001-02)
Member, Women in Film and Video (2000-07)
Board of Directors, The Loudoun Museum (1995-96)
AWARDS / HONORS
DC Metro Theatre Arts: “Best Director of a Musical”; for Once Upon A Christmas Carol, 2012
Honored in the “Women with Vision” Exhibit, Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA, 2010
Listed in Marquis "2006-2007 Who's Who of American Women"
First Prize, Source Theatre Playwright Competition for Sticks and Stones, Washington D.C., 2003
League of Women Voters of Loudoun Award for “Advancing the awareness of women’s history”, 2002
Nominated for a Virginia Governor's Arts Award, 2000
Loudoun History Award, Thomas Balch Library: for “significant contribution to Loudoun History,” 1996
EDUCATION MS, Arts Management, Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia
2011 Arts Administration Graduate Award
Thesis: “The Relationship between Successes and Failures of the Federal Theatre Project and its Management by Director Hallie Flanagan”
Internship: Marketing and Development, Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD
Australia and the Arts, Global Experiential Learning Program, with a field focus on Marketing Studies
BA, History, College of William and Mary, with a Secondary Teaching Certificate in Social Studies
Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society
Christ’s College, Cambridge - Summer Study Abroad Program