National Arts Strategies is pleased to announce the appointment of Torrie Allen, director of development at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, to its Board of Directors.
“Torrie is a gifted leader with a clear passion for the arts, leadership development and deep understanding of the ways in which the arts transform people’s lives. The breadth of experience he brings to our work will be invaluable and we are honored that he is joining the Board,” said NAS President and CEO Gail Crider.
Allen has more than 30 years wide-ranging experience in the performing arts including executive and artistic leadership, fundraising, marketing, policy, adjudication and performance. Previously, he was the chief officer of development and marketing at Alaska Public Media from 2012 to 2016 and executive and artistic director of Anchorage Opera from 2006 to 2012. Prior to joining Anchorage Opera, he served as the director of the National Patrons Council at Americans for the Arts.
“I’m deeply honored to be joining the board of National Arts Strategies,” said Allen. “NAS’s focus on developing and supporting a global network of highly effective and innovative arts and cultural leaders is unparalleled. I look forward to working with the board to build on NAS’s decades-long history of successful and inspired impact."
Allen has served as a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wallace Foundation. Also, he has provided volunteer leadership support for numerous organizations including the World Affairs Council (Alaska), University of Alaska Advisory Board, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Community Commander Program, Arts & Business Council of New York, American Repertory Ballet, Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage Symphony and Alaska State Council on the Arts.
His professional performance credits include Opéra National de Paris; Teatro Real Madrid; Bregenz Festpiel. Austria; Rudolfinum, Prague; Carnegie Hall; St. Petersburg State Symphony, Russia; Metropolitan Opera and the Aspen Music Festival.
Allen holds degrees from UCLA and the Boston Conservatory. He is a Fellow of the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program through Harvard Business School, University of Michigan and University of Texas at Austin.