Tennessee Performing Arts Center
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville TN 37243-1402
Mission Statement
To lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality 
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kathleen O'Brien
Board Chair Ronald Corbin
Board Chair Company Affiliation RBBC Holdings
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1977
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $23,461,379.00
Projected Annual Revenue $24,726,869.00 (2018)
Mission To lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality 
Background TPAC History: Over 35 years ago, a group of community leaders headed by Martha Ingram had a vision for Tennessee. They wanted a place that would be the heart and soul for the performing arts so their children and grandchildren could enjoy the same opportunities as children in other metropolitan communities. Because of their vision, a unique partnership between the private and public sectors began. In July 1974, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to begin construction of a multi-purpose building that would house the three theaters of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), the Tennessee State Museum, and an office tower for the State of Tennessee. When it opened in 1980, the Nashville Symphony and Circle Players were its only resident artistic companies. Within five years, Nashville Opera sprang out from under the symphony’s umbrella and became its own organization. The Nashville Ballet became a professional ballet company in the mid-1980s and began performing at TPAC as a resident company. In 1982-83 two new entities were born: Tennessee Repertory Theatre and TPAC’s statewide educational program, Humanities Outreach in Tennessee. As a result of an operational merger with the Nashville Institute for the Arts in 2000, TPAC’s education program expanded further and now includes six programs: ArtSmart, an in-depth classroom exploration of selected works of art with students, teachers, and artists; HOT Season for Young People with extensive teacher materials and training opportunities; Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts which uses the arts to teach critical early skills to preschoolers age 3-5, in Head Start centers; Disney Musicals in Schools, a semester-long afterschool musical theatre program in Metro Nashville Public Schools; InsideOut for adults seeking personal growth and enrichment through aesthetic education, and The Spotlight Awards, recognizing the best in high school musical theatre from across our region. Our goals each year are accomplished by choosing curriculum-oriented dance, music, and theatre productions. These professional presentations introduce students to live performances and extend their knowledge of the arts and the world in which they live. TPAC Education also provides teacher education opportunities and materials; sends professional teaching artists into classrooms to work beside teachers and students; and generates powerful learning experiences for students of all ages.

TPAC serves nearly 400,000 Tennessee residents and visitors each season through live performances and educational activities. Nearly 90% of those served experience TPAC through ticketed performances and special engagements. Overall, according to the most recently released Arts and Economic Prosperity Report, TPAC and our resident companies contribute nearly $72M in economic impact to our community.

TPAC Education programs and outreach initiatives annually reach more than 35,000 Pre-K-12th grade students and adult learners from 20+ counties statewide. Collectively, TPAC Education programs engage high percentages of students representing underserved populations, including students of color, students with disabilities, and English language learners.

Nearly 80% of students and teachers attending HOT performances are from Tennessee public schools, with 41% from Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) specifically, where the majority of students are from low-income families.

Needs School studies indicate that students who take part in the arts and in arts-in-education programs perform better academically, achieve higher scores on college entrance exams, demonstrate improved thinking, greater productivity, improved school attendance, increased self-esteem, and improved personal development. These are results that all school boards, parents, and teachers desire for the children in their care. 

Teachers routinely report the value of using the performing arts as a learning and discovery tool and the positive impact programs have on their students' educational experiences. Adult learners report that participating in education activities helps to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of a work of art and creates connections to the larger community.

 TPAC is proud to play a significant role in spreading the extensive benefits of the arts and arts education programs to the more than 1.8 million young lives it has now touched.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
TPAC accepts donations by phone, mail and online at www.tpac.org/donate. For more information about supporting TPAC's education programs and outreach initiatives, please call 615-687-4300 or email development@tpac.org.
Volunteers provide a wide range of services supporting TPAC and its education programs. To learn more about getting involved visit www.tpac.org/volunteer.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Performing Arts Centers
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TPAC serves nearly 400,000 Middle Tennessee residents and visitors each year through live performances and educational programs. Nearly 90% of patrons experience TPAC through ticketed performances and special engagements. The majority of these ticket buyers reside in the Metro Nashville region; however, thousands of visitors from all corners of the state and beyond visit TPAC each season. In addition, TPAC Education programs annually reach 35,000 students and teachers from counties in Tennessee and Kentucky.
Board Chair Statement
TPAC is not just a place; it's a total arts immersion experience - soaring music, stirring dance and seductive narrative woven together to transport audiences of all ages to other eras, other worlds and into the lives of other people, real or imagined. For more than 35 years, TPAC has demonstrated that, as Plutarch said, "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled." In a million combustible moments, more than 1.6 million children have been served statewide through TPAC Education's curriculum-based programs. All ages flock here for the opportunity to experience great theatre, ballet, opera, touring Broadway blockbusters, comedians, musicians and every kind of performing artist you can think of - from internationally known celebrities to gifted local performers.
TPAC serves a statewide community by providing these live performances - with supporting curriculum - to children and educators in need of exciting ways to tie vital lessons to great works of art. In addition to more than $900,000 in services to schools, we provide over $60,000 annually in free and subsidized tickets for low income families and students served by nonprofit organizations.  We are an active player in state and local networks that advocate for accessibility in the arts, a leader in serving children and adults with disabilities, and we have special expertise in serving those who are blind or deaf. We make a concerted effort to reach out to anyone who may be underserved by the arts - Fort Campbell families in the armed services community, rural communities, Latin American and African American communities, young adults, individuals with disabilities and more.
TPAC strives for the highest quality of customer service to all our constituents - audiences, artists, educators, children, donors and others - through constantly growing our technologies to communicate and striving to make attending TPAC as easy and convenient as possible.
CEO Statement
Tennessee Performing Arts Center gives Tennessee citizens the same opportunities in the performing arts and cultural heritage available to people living in major cities nationwide, introducing students to the worlds of theatre, ballet, music and opera, to enhance their education, inspire their imagination, and enrich their lives. More than 35,000 students and teachers participate in programs of TPAC Education each year. TPAC programs are directed toward developing our greatest resource – children - in ways that enable them to grow as citizens who engage in life-long learning, who embrace the diversity of the world we live in, and who comprehend and value artistic expression. As these children become adults, they will contribute greatly to the economic and cultural achievements of our community, state, and nation. TPAC has one of the leading arts education programs in the United States associated with a performing arts center. For the general public, TPAC presents more than 600 performances each year. Roughly 400,000 tickets are sold annually to performances presented by the resident groups and TPAC. Nashville is now a major market for Broadway tours, while TPAC also presents special engagements of artistic relevance and popular acclaim. For some, TPAC is a dream come true, a source of "food for the soul." For others, TPAC is good for the economy – attracting industry, creating jobs, increasing business downtown, generating tax revenues. TPAC invites you to take part in the ongoing story of growth, success and service to the citizens of Tennessee.
HOT presents an outstanding season of local, national and internationally-acclaimed music, dance, and theatre performances for school groups. Performances complement curriculum objectives and introduce students to a rich variety of artistic and cultural experiences. In the 2016-17 academic year, 27,034 students and teachers from 215 schools attended HOT performances. A total of 11,280 students and teachers received free or deeply-reduced price tickets based on need.

ArtSmart is a unique classroom-based partner to the HOT season. A series of professional development institutes and residencies enable teachers and teaching artists to guide arts-based activities that integrate the arts into the classroom, and prepare students for the HOT performance they are about to see. Last year, 34 schools participated in ArtSmart, involving 3,989 students. A total of 129 teachers and 15 teaching artists participated in TPAC's multi-day, intensive Summer and Fall Arts Integration Institutes.

Budget 670388
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Short Term Success
In 2017-18, HOT will present 45+  performances for student audiences that complement learning objectives in school curricula and appeal to a range of diverse learners and age groups. TPAC anticipates that 25,000 students and teachers will be engaged during the school year. Each year, TPAC strives to provide all students with access to its shows by keeping student tickets at $8 and awarding bus funding and ticket subsidies to financially disadvantaged school populations.

TPAC Education’s Arts Integration and ArtSmart initiatives are exemplars of the philosophy and practice of Aesthetic Education, which addresses multiple educational goals through study and live experience of a Focus Work of Art. Arts participating teachers will note student gains in imagination, problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration and self-expression, and will uncover previously hidden student abilities.

Long term Success
Since its inception 35 year ago, TPAC's HOT Season for Young People and ArtSmart have engaged more than 1.8 million Tennessee students with exceptional performing arts experiences that enhance learning across the curriculum.
To make these experiences more fulfilling and accessible for students, HOT provides in-school visits, post-performance talkbacks, and workshops, as well as subsidized tickets, travel grants, and logistical support. All teachers receive guidebooks containing performance information, production specific arts insights, historical background, and activity suggestions that can be used in the classroom before and after the performance.  
Program Success Monitored By
TPAC Education measures the impact of its programs on teachers, students and teaching artists through qualitative and quantitative means. The primary evaluation tool involves collecting and reviewing survey reports following all performances, workshops and artist residencies. TPAC utilizes "Survey Monkey," allowing participants to reply electronically and TPAC Education staff to view and compile data efficiently. Teacher and teaching artist surveys provide feedback indicating students’ level of engagement and interest in HOT performances and are also conducted to determine the effectiveness of workshops, post-show TalkBack sessions as well as the use and effectiveness of HOT guidebooks supplied to teachers. Written survey responses from students are also collected. Preschool and kindergarten students are asked to draw a picture about their experiences.  
Examples of Program Success
TPAC plays an important role in developing students’ capacities for critical thinking, creativity, imagination and innovation. These capacities are increasingly recognized as core skills and competencies all students need as part of a high-quality and complete 21st-century education. Demonstrated educational value through quality programming and innovative teaching approaches consistently attract teachers to TPAC education programs at capacity levels each year. Teachers consistently report the value of using the performing arts as a learning and discovery tool and the positive impact programs have on their students’ educational experiences. As much as 75% of teachers report each season that they integrate HOT performances into classroom learning through the use of HOT guidebooks.
"My students love coming to TPAC. They need to escape the test-oriented environment and spread their creative wings and fly into a new perspective. The arts bring learning to life.” -- Metro Nashville Public School teacher

The Spotlight Awards are TPAC’s sixth and newest educational program recognizing the best in high school musical theatre in our region. Presented with Lipscomb University’s College of Entertainment and the Arts, The Spotlight Awards are dedicated to honoring the talents and educational endeavors of high school theatre students in Tennessee. 

Applying high school musicals are evaluated by a panel of adjudicators. In May, the program culminates with all student participants invited to a day of workshops by industry professionals held at Lipscomb University. That evening, exemplary work is recognized with the Spotlight Awards ceremony at TPAC, where the top 10 contenders for “Best Show” perform songs from their productions. Honors are presented in categories including vocals, dance, design, direction, and technical theatre. The winners of the awards for “Best Actor” and “Best Actress” move on to national consideration for The Jimmy Awards in New York.
Budget 58942
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theatrical Performances
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adolescents Only (13-19 years),
Short Term Success

The impact of the Spotlight Awards is twofold: we know students who participate in drama demonstrate improved academics including improved reading comprehension, higher school attendance, and increased graduation rates. Additionally, TPAC welcomes the opportunity to elevate the excellence in high school musical theatre talent throughout our communities, to recognize the hard work of our community’s high schoolers and teachers, and to provide Tennessee students with the chance to compete on a national level.

Long term Success
Currently in its second year, this year The Spotlight Awards will take place on May 12, 2018. 
Last year, on May 12, 2017, TPAC held the first Spotlight Awards Ceremony in Andrew Jackson Hall. the event included students performances from the top three Best Actor finalists, the top three Best Actress finalists, and the ten top-scoring schools nominated for Best Show. A total of 30 high schools from nine Tennessee counties participated, with 1,142 performers and attendees at the Spotlight Awards ceremony.
The Spotlight Awards Best Actor and Best Actress winners went on to participate in the national Jimmy Awards in New York City, where both were named in the top four finalists of their respective categories.  
Program Success Monitored By After the Spotlight Awards, surveys from participating schools and teachers are collected to reflect on the impact of the program and to compile feedback on both what worked well and what needs improvement.
Examples of Program Success
"Anytime you get that many people, with the same passion in the space, and they share their gifts...that just raises the level of art done by all." Participating teacher
Description InsideOut is for adults who want to grow in their knowledge and enjoyment of the performing arts. Events come in many shapes and sizes, and in many different places both inside and out of TPAC’s downtown Nashville theaters. InsideOut offers a series of lunch seminars, rehearsal and performance excerpts, workshops, and sneak previews behind-the-scenes. In 2016-17, InsideOut partnered with 25 community and art organizations, including Vanderbilt University, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, Nashville Repertory Theatre, and seven National Broadway Touring productions. More than 3,400 individuals participated in the season events, among others.
Budget 84357
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,
Short Term Success

InsideOut activities will engage more than 3,500 community members in 2017-18 providing opportunities  for those who want to grow in the knowledge and enjoyment of the performing arts.

Long term Success Measurements of long-term success include: Increased levels of understanding and appreciation for a performing arts event; increased awareness of arts events in the community and interest in the arts; and likelihood that engagement in InsideOut events will foster ticket purchases or attendance at future arts events.
Program Success Monitored By TPAC measures the impact of its InsideOut program for general audiences by collecting and reviewing participant survey reports following every InsideOut event. Surveys are conducted electronically via Survey Monkey.
Examples of Program Success
TPAC’s InsideOut program continues to grow in popularity and number of events and creates opportunities for collaboration with community organizations. TPAC enjoyed partnerships with  25 community organizations and businesses last season as a result of InsideOut activities.
"I always love it when there are cast members [on a panel]. You seem them on stage and it's like watching a friend." --InsideOut participant
Description Wolf Trap is a nationally affiliated program that utilizes the disciplines of music, dance, theater, and puppetry as powerful tools for educating pre-school children. Professional performing artists partner with early childhood educators and create activities that target curriculum and developmental goals for 3-to-5 year olds, including emerging literacy skills, social interaction and self-expression. Wolf Trap residencies and workshops also provide training for teachers in arts-based instruction techniques they can employ in their classrooms. In 2016-17, TPAC’s Wolf Trap program provided 82 seven-week residencies in 7 Davidson County Head Start Centers and other early childhood centers in Nashville serving 1,394 preschool children. The program increased its impact by nearly 50% over the previous year, providing services in 26 more classrooms. In residency evaluations, 90% of participating teachers noted positive student growth in four main categories of early learning: Emerging literacy, Individual development, Academic goals, and Social behavior.
Budget 153486
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists-in-Residence
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent,
Short Term Success
Program activities will enhance the learning experiences of over 1,200 at-risk preschool students each year.
Long term Success Wolf Trap shares and helps supplement with its programming Head Start’s goal of providing a complete preschool education to “at-risk” children.  Participating Head Start teachers also develop an increased understanding and ability to use arts teaching strategies in the classroom.
Program Success Monitored By
Head Start teachers will report student progress in academic and life skills through surveys and via journal logs throughout the duration of the residencies. Teaching artists will participate in direct observation of student learning and complete survey reports following all residency activities.
Examples of Program Success
Teachers complete surveys following all residencies to ensure the quality and success of program activities including student progress in emerging literacy, math and basic life skills. This past school year, teachers who tracked their students' Wolf Trap experiences in a per-visit log found immediate correlations between arts teaching techniques and the children's comprehension, confidence, interaction, and physical skills. 90% of teachers noted successful student growth over the period of the residency in four main categories of early learning: emerging literacy, individual development, academic goals, and social behavior.
"My students loved this residency! I highly recommend it for other classrooms. The students were very engaged and enjoyed watching me participate with them. It really helped build the community and allow our imaginations to flourish. The association of the puppet that we used to the math area of development helps transition to students into our math focus of the day. We can continue to use it."  -- Davidson County Head Start teacher
Description Disney Musicals in Schools develops a culture of musical theater performance in Metro Nashville elementary and middle schools. The program introduces the collaborative art of musical theater; strengthens arts programming; develops partnerships among students, faculty, staff and the greater Nashville community. Participating schools receive (at no cost) a performance license to any Disney KIDS/JR musical, ShowKit materials, including directors guides, student scripts, accompaniment and guide vocal CDs and a choreography DVD, cross-curricular activities; and in-school support from a team of two TPAC teaching artists for 17 weeks. In 2016-17, 1,165 students from 23 Metro Nashville Public Schools took part in Disney Musicals in Schools during its sixth year. 600 parents, siblings and principals attended the Student Share Celebration at TPAC, where each participating school performed a musical number from their production.
Budget 227211
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Children's Theater Programs
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
During the 2017-18 school year, Disney Musicals in Schools will engage 1,200 students in 25 Metro Nashville Public Schools. Students, TPAC Teaching Artists and School Teams will collaborate to produce their own musical which will be performed at school locations and at TPAC during the culminating Student Share celebration.
Long term Success Goals for the Disney Musicals in Schools program include: Developing a tradition and appreciation of musical theater within MNPS schools; providing school faculty training and tools necessary to support student performance and production; exposing students to the many benefits of musical theatre; developing strong community partnerships throughout the program; and connecting the musical to curricula.
Program Success Monitored By
All participants will regularly engage in assessment of Disney Musicals in Schools throughout the duration of the program. TPAC Teaching Artist teams will complete weekly “Residency Check-in” reports, adapted from Lerman’s Critical Response protocol. Monthly assessment of teaching artist efficacy and student response will be performed by MNPS School Team faculty and TPAC Education staff. Participating students will be engaged in regular reflective writing opportunities about their experiences.
TPAC's Disney Musicals in Schools  program recently participated in the Next Generation Creativity Survey Project administered by the Centers for Research on Creativity (CRoC) which operates in association with the California Institute of the Arts. Students in all DMIS schools completed pre- and post-assessments to gain a deeper understanding of how this program affects creativity in youth.
Examples of Program Success
 For no charge, TPAC offers Disney Musicals in Schools activities to some of the most underserved schools in the region providing high-need students of all abilities with multiple avenues for active learning. Students learn to use their minds, bodies, voices, emotions and sense of artistry to examine the world and its meaning. They make connections to theatre by developing an understanding of self and others. They respond to theatre by identifying personal issues and universal themes in performance and in dramatic text. TPAC has already seen evidence through this program that students with no theater experience are excelling as individuals and members of a larger team. This program demonstrates that schoolchildren learn best when they are actively engaged and are encouraged to implement skills from all academic curricula to creatively solve problems.
At the conclusion of the first year, 70% of participating teachers reported seeing improvement in their students’ reading skills. Many teachers reported that students regularly practiced their math skills by taking measurements of the stage, selling tickets to performances and calculating how much cloth to buy for their costumes.
Participating schools create opportunities for the entire school to be involved by incorporating themes from their production into classroom learning. One example: Students at Hattie-Cotton elementary participated in an immersive science/research project on how Dalmatians get their spots.
CEO Comments TPAC programs are designed to make a life-long change in the individuals we work with, prompting them to learn from, seek out, participate in, and enjoy the rich variety of performing and visual arts available to them. We take seriously the feedback and reporting mechanisms we use to evaluate our programs and respond to the needs of our audiences. Survey results, audience data, and formal and anecdotal reports from the classroom submitted by teachers, teaching artists and staff members are all available by request.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ronald Corbin
Company Affiliation RBBC Holdings
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Email ronaldlcorbin@gmail.com
Board Members
C. Dale Allen Adams and ReeseVoting
Barbara T. Bovender Community VolunteerVoting
Ronald L. Corbin Allstate (retired); RBBC HoldingsVoting
Beth Courtney Seigenthaler Public RelationsVoting
Ansel L. Davis Ansel L. Davis and Associates, LLC
Emanuel J. Eads Eads Associates, LLCVoting
Rod Essig Creative Artist AgencyVoting
Eddie George Community VolunteerVoting
Kevin Hartley Trust Tree Legal, P.C.Voting
Robert Hebert JPMorganVoting
Reggie Hill WallerVoting
Martha R. Ingram Ingram EnterprisesVoting
Martha Ivester Google FiberVoting
Dr. Nola Jones Metro Nashville Public SchoolsVoting
Tracy Kane Dodson, Parker, Behm & CapparellaVoting
Christine Karbowiak Bridgestone FirestoneVoting
Melvin Malone Butler SnowVoting
Marcus McKamey Bank of AmericaVoting
Sherri Neal HCAVoting
Nathan Poss Johnson-PossVoting
Nelson Remus Remar, Inc.Voting
Jim Schmitz Regions BankVoting
Larry R. Stessel Revolver MarketingVoting
Andrew Tavi NissanVoting
Rhonda Taylor Dollar GeneralVoting
Claire W. Tucker CapStar BankVoting
Dr. Phil Wenk Delta DentalVoting
Gail Williams Vanderbilt UniversityVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 17
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Development
Institutional Advancement
Human Resources / Personnel
Strategic Planning
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Crime Coverage
Directors & Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
General Property Coverage
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
CEO Comments TPAC's bylaws require that 20 of 28 board members are appointed by the Tennessee Performing Arts Foundation, the Tennessee Arts Commission, The Governor of the State of Tennessee, and the Tennessee Education Commissioner. TPAC board and management make recommendations to the appointing agencies to include a diverse and representative membership.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Kathleen O'Brien
Term Start May 2005
Email kobrien@TPAC.org
Kathleen O'Brien is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. During her years in that office, she steered TPAC through a dramatic change in its business model, including expansion of the board of directors, and the move to independent ticketing and independent presenting of Broadway tours. She’s overseen record-breaking ticket sales and fundraising, new initiatives in arts education programming, and growth in cash reserves in addition to other accomplishments.
Kathleen joined TPAC in 1988 as director of public affairs, later serving as vice president of public affairs and marketing, senior vice president of marketing, executive vice president of sales and customer services, and chief operating officer, prior to her appointment to the top position at TPAC, effective May 1, 2005. During her 30 years with the organization, average annual attendance doubled, its total operating budget increased from $4.9 million to $19 million, and TPAC surpassed the milestones of welcoming more than 12 million audience members and serving more than 1.8 million Tennessee students and educators through one of the largest and most comprehensive arts-in-education programs in the United States.
Kathleen graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and now serves as chair of the Board of Trustees. Her professional associations include the Nashville Agenda’s Steering Committee, Nashville Arts Coalition, the national Performing Arts Center Consortium, the Independent Presenters Network, and the Broadway League, a national trade association, which presented her with its Road Marketing Award. A graduate of both Leadership Nashville and Leadership Music, Kathleen received a 2010 First Night Theater Award. She previously served on the boards of the Nashville Institute for the Arts, the Center for Non Profit Management’s Association for Non-Profit Executives, and the Nashville Entertainment Association, also serving as that organization’s president.Some of TPAC's organizational partnerships, forged across its operations, included: CMA Foundation's Keep the Music Playing, Nashville Downtown Partnership, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Very Special Arts Tennessee, and much more.
Former CEOs
Mr. Steven Greil May 1994 - May 2005
Mr. James Randolph Oct 1989 - Sept 1993
Full Time Staff 91
Part Time Staff 279
Volunteers 200
Contractors 59
Retention Rate 81%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 4
When was Strategic Plan adopted? July 2016
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
ANE (Association of Nonprofit Executives)1999
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2005
National Endowment for the Arts2006
Association of Volunteer Administrators1999
Nashville Arts Coalition1990
Tennesseans for the Arts2000
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce2004
Americans for the Arts2005
Tennessee Arts Commission1987
Leadership Nashville2004
Nashville Downtown Partnership2004
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2011
Community Resource Center - Nashville2004
Hearing Loss Association of America2011
Independent Presenters Network - Voting Member2009
Metro Nashville Public Schools/Chamber of Commerce Alignment Process1988
Metro Arts Commission1985
Honorable Mention - Mayor's Award for Outstanding School PartnerPencil Foundation2006
Entertainment Award Mayor's Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities2006
"Give Yourself a High Five"Parents Choice Award2012
First arts center and city school system outside of NYC to be selectedDisney Musicals in Schools2011
Excellence in Volunteer EngagementCity of Nashville, Center for Nonprofit Management and Hands of Nashville2012
Inclusion of people with disabilities in the artsArc of Tennessee2013
Brand Champion AwardNashville Convention Center and Visitors Bureau2012
SunTrust Acumen Award finalistCenter for Nonprofit Management2011
FinalistTitans Community Quarterback2007
Most creative save the date invitationnFocus magazine2012
Best overall fun party- TPAC galanFocus magazine2012
Co-chair dream teamnFocus magazine2012
EVE Certification for Outstanding Volunteer ProgramCity of Nashville and Hands On Nashville2013
TPAC Gala: Hottest Party in 2013; Most Creative Invitation; Most Creative Dessert and Coolest DecorationsnFocus Magazine2013
Talent Buyer of the Year (nominated) - Roger LeBlancPollstar2014
TPAC Gala: Best Just-Plain-Fun PartynFocus2014
TPAC Gala: Best Signature DrinknFocus2014
TPAC Gala: Best PartynFocus2015
TPAC Gala: Most Inspired Co-Chair TeamnFocus2015
Senior Staff
Title Executive Vice President for Education and Outreach
Experience/Biography Roberta has enjoyed 20 years of sharing her passion for creating, attending, and responding to works of art with hundreds of thousands of children, educators, and artists. A former NYC resident, Roberta founded The Juilliard School's Department of Education and Outreach, where she created the nationally recognized Music Advancement Program, which brings inner city students to Juilliard to develop musical skills through personal mentorship with top faculty. She came to her current TPAC position in 1999, after a five-year tenure as executive director of the Nashville Institute for the Arts. She now administers and develops TPAC Education programs of performances and arts learning for pre-k through 12th-grade Tennessee students. Roberta has served as an officer on the national board of directors of the Association of Institutes for Aesthetic Education. Locally, she has served on the Citizen's Panel for a Community Report Card and Alignment Nashville's 9-12th grade steering committee, and is an alumna of Leadership Nashville.
Title Chief Financial Officer
Experience/Biography Julie joined TPAC in September 2004, bringing 17+ years financial management experience in entertainment & facility management. Prior to TPAC, Julie was the Director of Finance for SMG (formerly LMI, Leisure Management International) at two facilities: 1.) Nashville Arena from 1996 to 2000 – opened the Nashville Arena as Director of Finance and increased her finance staff to encompass the team responsibilities when the Nashville Predators came to town in 1998. 2.) Reliant Park (formerly Astrodome Complex) from 2000 to 2004 – took over in Houston as Director of Finance in this, the largest facility management project in the world, after the Astrodome’s last tenant (the Houston Astros) moved to their new facility in downtown Houston in early 2000. In the four years there, SMG supervised the building and opening of both the 1.5 million square foot Reliant Center and the 80,000 seat retractable roof. Reliant Stadium (home of the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo) and host to Super Bowl XXXVIII in February 2004. Prior to entering the world of facility management finance, Julie was an Accounting Supervisor at ESPN (Charlotte, NC) from 1990-1996 and a Staff Accountant at television producer, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, Inc. in Hollywood, California from 1987-1990. Julie was recruited out of college (Stark State College) by The Timken Company, Fortune 500 steel & bearing manufacturer, for their accounting program in 1984. She completed the program, and left Timken for her first foray into the entertainment industry in California in 1987. Education after Stark State includes Bachelor's Degree & MBA from California Coast University. Julie has also completed IAAM’s 2 year Public Assembly Facility Management School (Oglebay).
Title Chief Operating Officer
Experience/Biography Brent Hyams has served as the marketing director, vice president of brand management and strategic alliances, and executive vice president and general manager for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center before becoming the Chief Operating Officer in 2013. Prior to joining TPAC, he worked for Gaylord Entertainment as the senior marketing manager of the Ryman Auditorium, a National Historic Landmark, most famous former home of the Grand Ole Opry.  Brent began his advertising career in New York as a media planner for The Media Edge/N.W. Ayer & Partners, concentrating on Proctor & Gamble products (Puffs Tissues, the Folgers Coffee brands, Duncan Hinds brands, and Hawaiian Punch). He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia.
Title Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement Operations
Experience/Biography Susan has worked in the field of aesthetic education for more than twenty years. Prior to TPAC, Susan worked for the Nashville Institute for the Arts, where she spent numerous hours in the classroom working with school administrators, educators and artists; supervised and developed ArtSmart, Summer Session, and the Wolf Trap Early Learning through the Arts program, and was Project Director for the NIA’s two-year research project with Harvard Project Zero. A graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Communication Studies, Susan held the position of Managing Director for the Nashville Institute for the Arts and for Tennessee Dance Theatre. In her current role, Ms. Sanders jointly supervises Education and Development department activities and budgets, is general editor and writer for the HOT Season for Young People guidebooks and other TPAC Education publications.
Title Senior Vice President of Programming & Curation
Title Senior Director of Ticketing and Customer Service
Title Vice President of Information Technology
Title Vice President For Institutional Advancement

Charles Stewart joined Tennessee Performing Arts Center's senior management team in February 2012 after spending eight years with the Nashville Symphony's development department. As Vice President for Institutional Advancement, he now leads and directs TPAC's fundraising efforts to support the organization's comprehensive education program. Born in Houston and raised in Memphis and Western Tennessee, Charles earned a bachelor's degree in English Literature from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and did post graduate work at Oxford University.

Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $24,726,869.00
Projected Expenses $23,461,379.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 5%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$17,308,261$20,025,505$16,066,837
Total Expenses$17,558,800$18,753,283$15,873,901
Revenue Less Expenses($250,539)$1,272,222$192,936
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$715,434$546,000$921,295
Individual Contributions$927,167$944,754$1,234,366
Investment Income, Net of Losses$70$58$43
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$258,559$250,102$91,926
Revenue In-Kind$92,191$302,632$84,465
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$14,489,463$15,670,529$13,003,178
Administration Expense$2,535,262$2,576,384$2,370,000
Fundraising Expense$534,075$506,370$500,723
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.071.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%84%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue28%29%22%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$15,094,902$13,805,518$12,182,818
Current Assets$9,244,744$8,619,099$7,401,810
Long-Term Liabilities$683,255$950,989$730,140
Current Liabilities$6,335,178$4,562,476$4,429,787
Total Net Assets$8,076,469$8,292,053$7,022,891
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.461.891.67
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets5%7%6%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $13,755,212Program Revenue $16,148,944Program Revenue $12,128,768
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Revenue $1,559,628Other Revenue $1,833,015Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $1,234,366
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $927,167Contributions, Gifts and Grants $944,754Other Revenue $1,605,974
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2018
Organization Comments
We achieved our anticipated increase in ticket sales in FY16 after a significant decrease the previous year. We then adjusted our budget in FY17 to reflect slightly decreased ticket revenues anticipated in reflection of last season's Broadway titles. Looking ahead in FY18, we anticipate a fairly dramatic increase in ticket sales over FY17 due to an extended run of the popular Broadway show WICKED this season. TPAC manages expenses throughout the year in response to ticket sale results. 
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures are taken from the 990 and audit.
Financials prepared by Kraft CPAs, PLLC.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 2/22/18.
**TPAC's endowment is housed at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.  
Nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Address 505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243 1402
Primary Phone (615) 782-4000
Contact Email patronservices@tpac.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kathleen O'Brien
Board Chair Ronald Corbin
Board Chair Company Affiliation RBBC Holdings
Year of Incorporation 1977