President & CEO
Marcus Performing Arts Center
Kendra Whitlock Ingram was recently appointed as the President and CEO of the Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee, WI to being March 9, 2020. She currently serves as the executive director for The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver, where she is responsible for the overall stewardship and strategic direction of the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, the successful implementation of its mission, and management of the Center’s overall administration. She also serves as the Artistic Director for the Center’s presenting series Newman Center Presents. Previously, she has held senior leadership positions with several major performing arts institutions including: Vice President of Programming and Education for Omaha Performing Arts, Managing Director of Shenandoah Performances at Shenandoah University, Vice President and General Manager of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Director of Pops and Special Programming for The Detroit Symphony.
Ingram holds a Master in Business Administration from University of Nebraska Omaha and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University. She is also an alumna of the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship Program. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University in its Music Management Program and has been a guest lecturer for the University of New Orleans Arts Administration program. Ingram has also served as a grant review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Broadway League and Colorado Creative Industries.
Ingram’s volunteer work currently includes board membership for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals and the Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation; commissioner for the City of Denver Cultural Commission, service on the Western Arts Alliance Conference Committee and Denver Arts and Venues Music Strategy Advisory Panel. Previously, Ingram served as board chair for the non-profit organization Hear Nebraska, and as a member of the Women’s Fund of Omaha Circles, and The Broadway League’s diversity committee.