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YANA Bay Area: Life in the Performing Arts

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Yale Alumni Nonprofit Association Bay Area:
Life in the Performing Arts

Yale has a long tradition in the performing arts, with a School of Music and a School of Drama. It is not surprising that many graduates pursue careers in the arts and arts management, serve on boards of performing art institutions and in other volunteer capacities, and donate to nonprofit arts organizations.
At this event, we explore these different roles with three speakers, Peter Pastreich, BA ’59, Louisa Balch, MFA ‘15, and Flora Mendoza, BA ‘08.

Thursday, Dec. 5 | 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM PT
6:00 PM Reception; 6:45 PM Panel Discussion

Google Community Space, San Francisco
Please note that the entrance to the Google Community Space is on Steuart Street, near the intersection with Howard.

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Peter Pastreich, BA, Yale College, 1959

Peter Pastreich was both the youngest person, at 26, to manage a major symphony orchestra (the Kansas City Philharmonic), and the oldest, at 78, to be engaged to manage a LORT A resident theater (American Conservatory Theater). He is the only person ever to manage two major orchestras in the same state (Missouri), and the only one to have managed three major arts organizations (the San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque, and A.C.T.) in San Francisco.

Peter Pastreich has more than fifty years of experience in non-profit arts management, mainly managing and consulting to symphony orchestras and teaching symphony orchestra management. He served as Executive Director of the San Francisco Symphony for 21 years, a period that included the tenures of music directors Edo De Waart, Herbert Blomstedt, and Michael Tilson Thomas. During this time, the Orchestra more than sextupled its budget (from under $6,000,000 to over $40,000,000) and its income from ticket sales; its endowment increased tenfold. The orchestra was unique among major American orchestras in operating for 16 consecutive years (and 18 of Mr. Pastreich’s 21 years) without a deficit.

Louisa Balch, MFA in Theater Management, Yale School of Drama, 2015

Louisa Balch is the General Manager at American Conservatory Theatre. Her previous experience included three seasons as the General Manager of Laguna Playhouse where she oversaw contracting, finance, human resources, and front of house for a $5 million organization with over 300 performances a year. She also served as Associate Managing Director for the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre and company Manager for Yale Repertory Theatre. Prior to graduate school, Louisa worked in General Management, Sales, and Marketing at Phoenix Theater in Arizona, where as the Tessitura Data and Analytics Manager, she led a conversion to the Tessitura Software and established the company’s Analytics department.

Flora Mendoza, BA, Yale College, 2008

Flora Mendoza is a mezzo-soprano who got her start as a young chorus member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She went on to graduate with distinction from Yale with a major in Latin American Studies, where she co-founded Yale’s first Latino theatre company, Teatro de Yale, and trained under the legendary contralto, Lili Chookasian.

Flora Mendoza lived in New York City for several years, where she continues to perform various kinds of music, predominantly opera, in addition to cabaret and musical theatre. In the Bay Area, she is a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus, Cappella SF, and Lamplighters Music Theatre, as well as Opera Cultura (the only Latinx opera company in the US). As a tribute to her dual Mexican and Spanish heritage, Flora is committed to performing music of the Ibero-American classical and popular traditions. She has a broad repertoire of regional art songs, zarzuela, tango, flamenco, fado, rancheras, and Sephardic hymns in various Hispanic dialects, Portuguese, and Ladino. She is an advocate of arts education and service, and has served as a bilingual teacher artist for the San Francisco Opera Guild. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Proposed Discussion Questions:

Ask each speaker in about 10 to 15 minutes to address the following:

  • In one or two sentences, please give an overview of your career and your roles in the performing arts.

  • In looking on your career, what has surprised you most or what has proven to be the greatest challenge?

  • Is there anything particular about the SF Bay Area that affects a performing arts career in a positive or negative way? What would you say to those pursuing or about to pursue a career in the performing arts in the Bay Area?

  • Many people support performing arts as volunteers, donors, board members, and audiences. Others are artists in community groups. Do you have any suggestions on how they can best help arts organizations?

  • Looking toward the future, what do you imagine will be the challenges and opportunities for performers and performing arts organizations in the next decade?

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