Who We Are

Who We Are

 

Our Mission:

Arts Executives is a network of arts administrators who are passionate about offering expert services to arts professionals, to ensure they have more time to create, teach and share the arts.

Understanding the importance of the arts and nonprofits, Arts Executives is motivated to offer resources and services to arts professionals to ensure they can serve the community through the arts. We believe that with the right resources, every artist can truly make a difference.

Our Values:

Arts Executives Values Your Time, Your Talents, and Your Audience. We know how important the arts are in our community and we value the work that you are doing. We help you make a difference by giving you more time to use your talents to serve your audiences.

Our Team:

Founder & CEO

Lexie Kay Corbett

Dancer, Educator, and Arts Administrator

Master of Arts in Arts Administration
Bachelor of Science in Dance Education (K-12)
Minor in Business Management

Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, Lexie has been immersed in business management and starting new ventures. She started her first business at age 20, and now Lexie’s love for the arts has converged with her knowledge of the business world.

As an administrator, Lexie has a 95% grant approval rate and has managed several large grant programs. She has experience in helping start-up companies and non profits. Lexie has produced theatrical productions, organized and directed a community arts contest, coordinated a stage makeover, and served as an Arts Conservatory Coordinator, Performing Arts Department Head, and Development Director. Lexie is currently the Executive Director for SALT Contemporary Dance.

Lexie is a dance educator with 10+ years experience teaching (pre school -adult), including arts integration. As an educator, Lexie was the director of three companies where she toured yearly, worked with guest choreographers, directed concerts, and coordinated community performances and events.

Lexie has been a member of a Dance Company for 15 years and most recently was a principal dancer for St. George Dance Company. She has performed in Utah, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, and across Europe. Lexie has trained with Ballet West, Steps on Broadway, Peridance,  Las Vegas Academy, Laban Institute of Dance, Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and various universities throughout Utah.

 

Executive Team

 

Cameron Abaroa

Actor, Educator, Arts Administrator

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Communications and Musical Theatre)
Professional Certification in Strategic Communications
MFA Candidate in Arts Administration

Cameron Abaroa has been an active performer and singer from a young age. Having performed with and for several amateur and professional organizations, such as the Phoenix Boys Choir, the Arizona Opera, and the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, he is acutely aware of the needs of arts organizations to thrive in the modern world.

His love for arts administration blossomed while attending college for musical theatre and communications in Hawaii, where he served as the Performance and Education Coordinator for the amateur improv troupe The Seaside Jesters. He has since made a career of arts administration, working with such organizations as the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration at Southern Utah University.

As an educator, Cameron has been privileged to serve as assistant director, vocal coach, and acting coach to students across the Mountain West.

Ismael Arrieta

Dancer, Photographer
Ismael started photography over ten years ago and since has photographed hundreds of dancers, actors, models, and artists. He was featured in “photo of the day” by Dance Spirit Magazine’s Facebook Page.

Ismael was seen most recently as a company member of SALT Contemporary Dance and in Hale Center Theatre’s TARZAN.

 

Karen Ann Briggs

Arts Administrator- Visual Arts Specialist
Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration

Karen Anne Briggs brings a long and accomplished career in the museum and cultural sector, including more than 20 years of experience leading visual and performing arts organizations through strategic and business planning, comprehensive re-reorganization and program rebranding to achieve sustainability and maturity.

Karen’s experience has been instrumental in bringing about constructive change at such diverse organizations as the Circus Arts Conservatory, Sarasota, Florida; the National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, Georgia; and both the Sarasota and Atlanta Ballet.  She held the role of Executive Director of the LaGrange Art Museum where she revitalized the museum’s development program and donor relation strategies as well as eliminated a multi-year deficit pattern while increasing the organization’s level of collections development, programing, and partnership support.  The museum reestablished its artistic reputation in the region and placed renewed emphasis on an expanding collection of works by outsider, folk and visionary artists of the Southeast. As consultant to the Harry Jackson Institute, she worked to establish the feasibility of establishing the Harry Jackson Institute, dedicated to the preservation and understanding of the work of the late Wyoming sculptor Harry Jackson.

Her experience conducting successful capital campaigns includes the Majestic Theater, Oregon; the Panida Theater, Idaho; the LaGrange Art Museum, Georgia; and the Tubman African American Museum, Georgia where she completed a project delayed for 10 years due to economic downturn by generating $5.5 million through federal earmarks and IMLS grants.  As in-house counsel, she has served as the link to citizen committees, architectural teams, and city staff to oversee renovation, policy affecting future operations and management, including opportunities for integration of art into projects.

 

Varlo Davenport

Actor, Director, Producer, Educator

Master of Fine Arts in Performance
Bachelor of Science in Theatre
Minor in English Literature

Varlo Davenport served for many years as the head of the Theatre Program at Dixie State University, (DSU), where he oversaw the transition from a two year to a four year degree granting program, and rapid program growth. During that same time he assisted in the founding of The Neil Simon Festival in Cedar City, and The Space Between Theater Company in St. George, and DSU’s summer theater program, Comedy Storm. While there he organized and hosted major regional conferences, and also planned and lead an international performance tour.

He was the Producing Artistic Director for The Outlaw Trail Theater, co-sponsored by Utah State University and the Uintah Arts Council in Vernal. There he was responsible for artistic, financial, and personnel management, advertising, promotions and grant writing. His grant writing had a 90% success rate. He also assisted in founding an Arts Council in nearby Roosevelt, Utah, and served as resource coordinator for the region’s arts organizations. During his tenure there, the Arts organizations in both communities experienced a significant increases in programing and attendance.

Varlo has served as a member of the Theater Grants Review Committee for the Utah Arts Council, and also on the nomination committee for The Governor’s Award in the Arts. He was a Circuit Coordinator for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Region Seven, and served that organization in several other capacities also.

He continues with creative activities in acting and directing. He is currently directing a production of the musical Jekyll and Hyde, for Stage Door in St. George, and recently played Philip Rothko in The Space Between Theatre Company’s production of Red.

 

Lori Fisher

Arts Administrator – Education and Development Specialist

Master of Arts in Education

Bachelor of Science in Music, Vocal Performance

A prolific performer, lecturer, educator and artisan, Lori has worked as a motivational speaker, in Professional Opera as an educator and facilitator with Utah Opera and Arizona Opera, on stage as a Mezzo-Soprano in Opera, Classical Oratorio, Jazz, and Musical Theater in Washington, D.C., Utah, California, Arizona, and China along with an Improvisation performing group in Salt Lake City. She has also worked in outdoor recreation in conjunction with the National Park Service and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She performed with and conducted Voices in Harmony Children’s Choir in Virginia and Park City Singers at the 2002 Olympics.

As a fundraiser, she has had an 85% track record of finding and fully funding her projects through individual, corporate, and foundation giving. With over 25 years of experience in Arts and Alternative Education, she has crafted her life around the idea that the most important work we can do is create powerful experiences for ourselves and those around us. She has had the exceptional opportunity to produce wonderful and meaningful experiences through a variety of settings throughout her career. She has found fulfilling opportunities to help children, families and communities grow while providing exciting experiences that broadens our connection with the world and others.

 

Ian Gillespie

Marketing Consultant

Master of Arts in Mass Communications

Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies

Ian has worked as a marketing manager for several businesses in healthcare and consulting industries. Among other things, his endeavors resulted in a 20% increase in annual revenue for one business, and a tripling of services used in another. He is a gifted write and marketing strategist, and enjoys creating websites. Ian is also experienced in SEO, digital marketing, social media marketing, email and mail marketing, strategic relationships, and event marketing.

 

Makell Hansen

Graphic Designer, Photographer

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology

After graduating in Engineering Technology, Makell found a love for graphic design. Being a self-starter and lover of learning, she founded and manages her own graphic design business specializing in invitations and announcements. Other services include designing t-shirts, logos, and mailers.

Makell also loves capturing emotion through her lens. She has been photographing for seven years doing headshots, weddings, baby announcements, and more. She believes that there are powerful stories to tell.

Kyle Hess

Stage Manager, Technical Director


Working in the Theatrical world for over 25 years, Kyle has worked with Disney, Universal Studios, and locally with Utah Presenters, Sundance, Pioneer Theater Company, Hale Center Theatre, Utah Opera, Utah Musical Theatre, and many schools. He has also worked on tours to Croatia, Bulgaria, and Taiwan. Kyle is trained in theatrical arts design and technology, along with skills in Vectorworks CAD, Pyro Digital, ETC lighting consoles, and Fire One. He is a theater educator, technical director and designer, stage manager, and public speaker.

 

Melissa Klein

Arts Administrator – Music Specialist

Master of Arts in Business Design and Arts Leadership

Bachelor of Integrated Studies in Business, Public Administration, and Music

Melissa Klein has worked with music organizations across the country in a wide range of capacities. She has over 20 years of experience in arts administration, with an emphasis on orchestra management, arts marketing/strategy, fundraising, as well as training and board development. She has contributed her skills to organizations such as the Macon Symphony Orchestra (GA), KUED – PBS Salt Lake City, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, Chamber Orchestra Ogden, and is currently serving as Development Director for Ogden Symphony Ballet Association.

She began her education at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music, where she studied Clarinet Performance. Next, Melissa earned a Bachelor of Integrated Studies in Business, Public Administration, and Music from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and a Master of Arts in Business Design and Arts Leadership from Savannah College of Art and Design (GA).

 

Bryson Southworth

Videographer, Motion Designer

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Minor in Digital Media

Bryson began his career in video at a young age. While working in video production and graphic design industries he completed his BFA degree. His primary focus is to creatively tell stories that captivate and resonate with your audience.

After years of video production and graphic design he combined the two to begin producing motion graphics as well. Working in all three areas provides him a unique perspective to each project, allowing him to complete any project in whatever stye is most fitting for the intended audience.

 

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