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Steven Libman

Steven Libman

Co-Creator and Co-Host of The Voice of the Performing Arts

President of The Libman Group
Chief Advancement Officer, Atlanta Ballet

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Steven Libman is a highly successful and respected executive with 35 years of experience leading major arts organizations with extensive knowledge of producing dance, theatre and presenting multi-disciplinary performing arts series. He is nationally recognized for developing an entrepreneurial and creative approach to strategic planning, programming, branding, marketing initiatives, institutional growth, and problem solving. At the Center for the Performing Arts in Indiana, Steven launched the new $175 million, three venue performing arts center. He successfully branded the Center as a major community asset and developed programming for over 100 artists, built the staff from 2 to 80, the board from 3 to 30 and established a volunteer corps of over 500. In addition he instituted the business platform that resulted in a new web site, ticketing and accounting systems. At the Tony Award winning La Jolla Playhouse, as the chief administrative officer, Steven Libman ran a four venue complex that produced over 300 performances per season, and produced 28 plays, including ten world premieres. He supervised a staff of over 100 and a part time staff of 125 and directed all strategic planning, financial management, fund raising and marketing. During his 17 years with the Pittsburgh Ballet–first as director of development, then as managing director–Steven broke new ground in funder relations, raising more than $50 million. He was equally successful in revitalizing programming and reaching new audiences. When he left the ballet, he was the longest-serving arts executive in the city, and one of the two longest-serving managing directors of major ballet companies in North America. In 2011, Steven produced the Emmy nominated PBS special called “Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project”. In addition to The Libman Group, Steven also serves as Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) for Atlanta Ballet, where he is responsible for planning, implementing, overseeing, and assessing Atlanta Ballet’s development strategies in support of the organization’s strategic vision and growth.Steven Libman is also the co-creator and co-host of a radio show called, “The Voice of the Performing Arts” that appears weekly on public radio WICR in Indianapolis and is also heard via podcasts on itunes.