Executive Director Announcement

New Executive Director Anne Hunter

Please join us in welcoming Anne to the Live Arts Staff

After a six-month search, the Live Arts Board of Directors is thrilled to announce Anne Hunter as Live Arts Executive Director, effective February 3, 2020! Our Interim Executive Director Barbara Kessler will be stepping down from the position, but will continue to be an active volunteer and beloved part of our Live Arts family.

“I am thrilled to be joining an organization with such a deep commitment to forging connections in the community. It will be my great honor to work with the board, staff and remarkable group of volunteers to carry the light of theater throughout Charlottesville and beyond!” 

Anne Hunter, New Executive Director at Live Arts

About Our New E.D.

Anne Hunter holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, where she taught in the Center for Nonprofit Management for 15 years. She earned a BA from Albion College in Michigan and was honored to serve three terms on its board of trustees. She is a founding member of ArtsLab, a nationally recognized capacity-building program for mid-sized arts organizations.

A life-long community advocate, Anne has held board leadership roles at a dozen nonprofits. She currently serves on the boards of IX Art Park, which showcases the work of local and emerging artists; Page Education Foundation, which provides college scholarships to students of color; and COMPAS, which brings creative expression to under-resourced communities.

Anne is a nonprofit strategist with two decades of experience in the sector. Before relocating to Charlottesville in late 2019, she led HunterSage for Nonprofits, a national strategy group committed to building thriving, more equitable communities. Over the years, Anne and her colleagues helped more than 100 nonprofit organizations to advance their missions by more deeply engaging the communities they serve. Her firm specialized in arts, education and community development. 

“Hunter brings extensive experience in nonprofit management with a passion for community building and engagement. We are proud to welcome Anne to our community as we celebrate 30 years of forging community and theater.”

Cameron Mowat, Live Arts Board President