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In addition to Artistic Director Melody Brooks and Catharine Guiher (Secretary) the following comprise our current Board:

STEPHEN FOREHT (Chair) of Foreht Last Landau & Katz LLP.


Ellen Richard

ELLEN RICHARD (Executive Director, American Conservatory Theatre) was most recently executive director of off-Broadway's nonprofit Second Stage Theatre in New York City. During her tenure at Second Stage, which began in 2006, she was responsible for the purchase contract of the Helen Hayes Theatre, growth in subscription income of 48 percent, and growth in individual giving of 75 percent, as well as conceptualization of a highly successful gala format and "Second Generation," a giving program through which donors enable deserving New York City youth to experience live theater. Under Richard's leadership, Second Stage provided the initial home for the Broadway productions Everyday Rapture, Next to Normal, and The Little Dog Laughed.  From 1983 to 2005, Richard enjoyed a rich and varied career with Roundabout Theatre Company. By the time she departed as managing director, Roundabout had become one of the country's largest and most successful theater companies of its kind, with net assets in excess of $67 million dollars.

Richard is the recipient of six Tony Awards as producer, for Roundabout productions of Cabaret (1998), A View from the Bridge (1998), Side Man (1999), Nine (2003), Assassins (2004), and Glengarry Glen Ross (2005). As producer of more than 125 shows at Roundabout, she had direct supervision of general and production management; marketing and advertising; contracts with creative personnel; rights, royalties, and enhancement deals; transfers; theater rentals; and budgets. Prior to her tenure at Roundabout, Richard served as business manager of Westport Country Playhouse, theater manager for Stamford Center for the Arts, and business manager for Atlas Scenic Studio. She began her career working as a stagehand, sound designer, and scenic artist assistant.

Awards as producer.

William A. Thomas, IIIWILLIAM A. THOMAS, III is the President of August Williams, LLC. A seasoned web programmer, William has almost 20 years of experience building web sites and web applications as an employee of government contractors and private internet consulting firms. In the mid-90's, while pursuing a B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh, he co-founded Pages Ink, Inc., an internet consulting firm that was instrumental in assisting local, minority-owned businesses understand the power of the internet. One of the firm's greatest achievements was successfully launching a web site for the oldest African-American newspaper in the country, The Philadelphia Tribune.

In the late '90's William took his entrepreneurial experience to corporate America. Working for a government contractor in the Washington, D.C. area, he held a Top Secret security clearance and worked on several groundbreaking projects, including creating a database to store Y2K conversion data for a high-profile system. After moving to New York, William worked as a senior web developer for Proxicom, Inc. creating cross-browser, cross-platform, dynamic web sites using platforms such as BroadVision and ATG Dynamo. While at Proxicom, he worked on projects for clients such as GE, Topps & Cole Haan, as well as several internal prototype mobile and voice-activated web sites.

Most recently William served as the Vice President of Digital Media with Visual Concepts, a video production and web development firm based in Windsor, CT. As a VP, William consulted many clients on web-related issues such as e-mail marketing and social media best practices, in addition to preparing web site analysis and search engine optimization reports. He also managed the multi-talented multimedia department of graphic designers, Flash programmers and front-end/back-end web programmers who won awards for their work on the Spalding, Peter Pan Bus and FRAM/Prestone/Autolite corporate web sites.

New Perspectives is actively seeking additional Board members who are committed to the arts and public service.  Particular areas of expertise needed include: Public Relations and Marketing and Finance/Fundraising.  If you are interested in being considered as a Board candidate, please send an introductory letter outlining your interest and qualifications to the attention of Catharine Guiher, c/o NPT 456 West 37th Street, Ground Floor, NYC, NY  10018, or via email at