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TDF names Anne Trites as Director of Development

Date: Jun 10, 2014


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Theatre Development Fund (TDF), one of the country's foremost not-for-profit service organizations for the performing arts, has announced that Anne Trites will assume the post of Director of Development. The announcement was made by TDF’s Executive Director, Victoria Bailey.  Ms. Trites, who will begin her duties on June 30, has held the positions of Director of Marketing and Communications/Professor (adjunct) of Theatre Management, Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre and Director of Development and Communications at The Canadian Stage Company. 

Anne Trites

Commenting on Ms. Trites’ selection, Victoria (Tory) Bailey said:  “We are delighted that Anne will be joining us.  Her commitment to TDFs core mission of building audiences for theatre and dance makes her an ideal person to garner support for TDF as we move forward with new programs while maintaining our current initiatives.” 

Anne Trites comes to Theatre Development Fund with over 25 years of broad-based development, marketing and communications experience.  In addition to her previous experience at Yale Repertory Theatre and The Canadian Stage Company, she has held development and marketing positions at The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottestown, Prince Edward Island and The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.  She is a sought after speaker and consultant on audience engagement and marketing and served on the Board of Directors of Tourism London and the Advisory Board of Yale Cabaret.

On joining the team at TDF, Ms. Trites said: "I am thrilled by the opportunity to join Tory, the Board and Staff of TDF. The challenge of increasing support for an organization that plays such a valuable role in New York theatre and dance is one that excites me."  

THEATRE DEVELOPMENT FUND was created in the conviction that the live theatrical arts afford a unique expression of the human condition that must be sustained and nurtured. It is dedicated to developing diverse audiences for live theatre and dance, and strengthening the performing arts community in New York City. 

Since 1968, TDF’s programs have provided over 86 million people with access to performances at affordable prices and have returned over $2.4 billion to thousands of productions. Best known for its TKTS Discount Booths, TDF’s membership, outreach, access (including the Autism Theatre Initiative) and education programs — as well as its Costume Collection — have introduced thousands of people to the theatre and helped make the unique experience of theatre available to everyone, including students and people with disabilities. Recent TDF honors include a 2011 Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture, a 2012 Tony Honor for Excellence for its Open Doors Arts Education Program, a 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Award for its support of the off-Off Broadway community and a 2013 Lucille Lortel honor for “Outstanding Body of Work” in support of the Off Broadway community.