MEREDITH BEAN McMATH Arts Management Professional / Writer and Producer / Historian Currently General Manager, Run Rabbit Run Productions, Inc. and Run Rabbit Run Theatre Co-Founded in 1997 by McMath and Joni Lynn Crane, Run Rabbit Run Productions, Inc. creates high impact history-focused programs which include educational living history productions and presentations, interactive lectures and lecture series, stage plays and documentaries. As an award-winning historian and director and a prize-winning playwright, McMath uses her expertise to create reach and teach audiences in new ways, and the company's reputation has led to commissions from museums, preservation organizations, schools and libraries. Since 1997, Run Rabbit Run programs 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. Run Rabbit Run Theatre is a branch of the production company that presents two to three shows per year. McMath directs and produces each show, managing all aspects including staffing, contracts, budgets and marketing campaigns. To creative effective campaigns, she finds new marketing methods, tracks metrics on media investment, and manages 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:
VSA Loudoun County, the non-profit arts organization dedicated to serving the special needs community
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.
Director and Producer Directed over 45 stage productions and 10 musicals for a dozen theatre companies and organizations. Produced over 35 theatre of the above productions. Directed and produced 3 history documentaries.
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