Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Arts faculty member Michael Naumann will be joining Theatre Development Fund, the not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, as managing director beginning May 9, TDF announced. Naumann, a significant player in New York’s theatrical community, will leave his current position as director of finance at Frankel Green Theatrical Management to join TDF. Prior to his current post, Naumann served for 20 years as director of finance and administration at Manhattan Theatre Club.
“I’m excited and honored to be joining Theatre Development Fund, one of the nation’s leading performing arts service organizations,” said Naumann. “TDF’s mission is one that I strongly believe in. Having worked in both the commercial and not-for-profit sector, I know how important and wide-ranging TDF’s work is. I look forward to working with TDF’s Board and staff to support its myriad programs.”
TDF Chairman of the Board Earl D. Weiner said, “We are pleased to have Michael join us as TDF’s Managing Director. He brings us decades of experience and is respected by a large network of colleagues and friends in the business. His passion for TDF’s mission will serve us well as we work to expand audiences for theatre and dance and provide support to productions in New York City.”
“I am thrilled that Michael will be joining us at TDF and I am excited to work with him as we strengthen TDF’s existing programs and develop new initiatives,” said Executive Director Victoria Bailey, who is also a faculty member in the Theatre Arts Program. “The position requires a person with strong managerial skills who understands the commercial theatre and both large and small not-for-profit organizations, as well as the role of the not-for-profit service organization. Michael’s broad experience has given him the skills and perspective to amply meet these requirements.”
Naumann hails from St. Louis, Missouri. He served as the director of finance from 2005 to the present at RFP and FGTM, where he oversaw productions on Broadway, Off Broadway and on tour including A Little Night Music, Burn the Floor, Gypsy, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Stomp, Sweeney Todd and Young Frankenstein. As director of finance and administration at MTC from 1985–2005, he directed the financial staff for all of the not-for-profit’s Broadway and Off Broadway ventures; developed and maintained long-range financial planning for the organization, which has an annual budget of $18 million; and worked on the $40 million capital project to restore the historically landmarked Biltmore Theatre and establish an endowment fund. Additionally, since 1995 he has taught workshops for the Alliance of Resident Theatre/New York (ART/NY) on budgeting, cash flow and business office systems. He has been on faculty in the Theatre Arts Program since 2001.
Theatre Development Fund has played a unique role in strengthening live theatre and dance in New York City for the past 43 years. This not-for-profit service organization’s programs have filled over 78 million seats at discount prices (with theatre lovers who would normally not be able to attend live performance) and returned nearly two billion dollars in revenue to thousands of theatre, dance and music productions. Best known for its TKTS Discount Booths, TDF’s membership, voucher, access and education programs as well as its Costume Collection, help to make the unique experience of theatre available to everyone. TDF’s book, Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play, has spurred a national conversation about the way playwrights and theatre companies interact. TDF recently launched the Official TKTS app which has been embraced by theatre fans the world over.