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Barbara Hauptman

Lecturer in Acting

Barbara Hauptman has enjoyed a long and varied career in the performing arts. She has served as executive director of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, a national independent labor union (1995–2007); executive director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she helped the organization through financial stabilization, produced a record-breaking season at City Center, and facilitated a successful ad campaign with American Express; and executive director of the Bardavon 1869 Opera House (1989–1995), the oldest operating performing arts facility in New York, where she established a residency with the Acting Company, introduced the community to emerging contemporary artists, and orchestrated the theatre’s 125th Anniversary celebration. During the mid-1980s, producing, managing, and writing for television took her away from the live performing arts in her position as vice president and manager of daytime programming for Saatchi and Saatchi Compton Advertising.

Other experience includes director of operations for the Theatre Development Fund and TKTS booth in Times Square, where she managed a staff of 90 and promoted programs that encouraged new audiences for theatre and dance; and arts analyst for the New York State Council on the Arts in the late 1970s, when she saw more than 250 plays a year and helped nurture many theatres that are today among the mainstays of the industry.

She has also produced Twyla Tharp on Broadway and was general manager at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Vinnette Carroll’s Urban Arts Corps Theatre. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama with a MFA in theatre administration, and has taught at SUNY New Paltz, New York University, Yale School of Drama, Emerson College, and Sarah Lawrence College.

She has been an arts consultant in theatre, dance, and for private arts foundations and has served on the boards of directors of the Second Stage Theatre Company, Dance Theatre Workshop, Bard Music Festival, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, and Strategic National Arts Alumni Project.

Hauptman has also served on local, regional, and state arts councils as a panelist; been published by the Foundation for the Extension and Development of the American Professional Theatre and the Yale Journal of Regulation; been an arts contributor to the Dutchess County Magazine and the Taconic Newspapers; facilitated retreats for board of directors and professional theatre associations; and co-founded the Coalition of Broadway Union and Guilds. She has been a Broadway Tony Award Voter since 1996.