"...an excellent leader consistently going above and beyond to bring her expertise, enthusiasm, and personal integrity to every task small or large.”
Jennifer Green, Artistic Director, Piven Theatre Workshop
I have been active in non-profit management since 1994. I currently serve as Development Director for Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center. Previously I held the post of Director of Development at A Red Orchid Theatre. My non-profit experience began at Piven Theatre Workshop, a nationally recognized acting school for children and adults, based in Evanston IL.
While at Red Orchid, I oversaw and coordinated fundraising efforts, special events, donor cultivation, community partnerships and Board development. At Piven, I worked in many diverse capacities. Throughout my 16 years there, I was active in all levels of the organization, overseeing the acting school for children and adults, hiring and managing staff, building and overseeing budgets, producing professional theater productions, working closely with the Board of Directors, leading donor and alumni cultivation efforts, and personally coordinating all fundraising efforts.
Within my tenure at Piven, I advanced through the positions of:
- Administrative Director 1994 – 1997
- Director of Development & Production Manager 1997 – 2003
- Managing Director 2003 – 2006
- Executive Director 2006 – 2010
Some of my accomplishments at Piven Theatre Workshop included:
- Within my first two years, paying off all outstanding bank loans and increasing annual tuition revenue by over $50,000
- Within a 12-year period, raising total assets by over $400,000 to an all-time high
- Expanding the administrative staff and doubling the annual operating budget
- Drafting and oversight of the annual budget, working with the organization’s accountant and auditors to meticulously manage ongoing financial duties
- Overseeing operations of a professional subscription theatre and actor training center for children and adults, annually serving approximately 1,500 students through a combination of on-site classes and off-site residencies and outreach efforts
- Drafting and implementing a Strategic Plan in partnership with the Board of Directors
- Collaborating with the Board and an outside consulting firm to create a pre-campaign assessment study as a tool for assessing a potential capital campaign
- Writing content for the annual newsletter and all other promotional materials, and overseeing marketing and promotional efforts including the re-branding of materials and the re-design of the organization’s website
- Oversight of the first subscription season and the subsequent management of the annual subscription drive
- Launching new initiatives such as The Piven Empowerment through Enrichment Program, a series of theatre workshops serving young adults with disabilities and developmental delays; The Annual New Play Reading Series; Piven’s participation in North Shore Live, a collaborative effort between all of the major Chicago North Shore theatres
Theater Production Management
"Jennifer Sultz is an exceptional collaborator who brings both mind and heart to her leadership style. Intelligent, creative, and fearless, she attacks projects with tenacity and works passionately to bring visions and dreams to artful fruition."
Scott Shallenbarger, Former Literary Manager and Actor / Director with Piven Theatre
I have always thoroughly enjoyed Production Management and find it to be a very fulfilling and creatively rewarding process. I believe in encouraging an upbeat and supportive atmosphere within a team, with open and clear communication and a positive and collaborative spirit.
When Piven Theatre launched its first full subscription season in 1999, I simultaneously served as Production Manager and Development Director, as well as overseeing the new subscription program and the box office staff. Throughout my 16 year tenure at Piven Theatre, I consistently supervised the production wing of the organization. In those instances when other Production Managers were employed, I served as their trainer and immediate supervisor.
I am well versed in the creation and oversight of budgets, the scheduling of facilities and production activities, contract negotiations and management of union requirements, the implementation of easy to use organizational systems, and in all the various logistical and organizational facets of producing a show and overseeing its run. I excel at juggling multiple responsibilities, efficiently using my time, and productively overseeing a staff.
While at Piven Theatre, I had the opportunity to serve as Production Manager for many seasons of productions. Some of those shows have included:
- Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness, directed by Jennifer Green
- Because They Have No Words **+ by Tim Maddock & Lotti Louise Pharriss, directed by Emilie Beck
- Lady Chaplin & Her Tramp * by Michael Stock, directed by Jennifer Green
- Festival of Jewish Stories * directed by Joyce Piven
- Great Expectations * by Charles Dickens, adapted by Michael Stock, directed by Jennifer Green
- Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, directed by Jennifer Green
- The Guys by Anne Nelson, directed by Anna Shapiro
- Melancholy Play * by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Jessica Thebus
- Rosa Lublin *+ based on stories by Cynthia Ozick, adapted & directed by Robin Chaplik (JJ New Adaptation)
- Book of Days by Lanford Wilson, directed by Jennifer Green
- King Lear by William Shakespeare, directed by Shira Piven
- American Voices * directed by Byrne Piven & Thomas Cox
- Chekhov: The Stories * adapted by Joyce Piven & Sarah Ruhl, directed by Sarah Ruhl
- Transformations 2000 * written & directed by Byrne Piven
- Never in My Lifetime by Shirley Gee, directed by Jennifer Green
- Brilliant Traces by Cindy Lou Johnson, directed by Joyce Piven
- Punto * by Dick Cusack, directed by Terry McCabe
- Orlando * by Virginia Woolf, adapted by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Joyce Piven
- Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, directed by Joyce Piven
+Joseph Jefferson Award Recipient