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Texas Performing Arts Leadership Board

Texas Performing Arts Leadership Board

The Leadership Board is a group of national and international volunteer leaders in the arts, business, and philanthropy. The Board is dedicated to expanding Texas Performing Arts’ world-class programming, positioning the organization as an international leader in the performing arts, and strengthening the bond between the performing arts and the communities we serve.

Brian Haley, Board Chair
Brian is the co-founder of CB Capital, an investment and real estate development firm. He also serves as Canada’s Honorary Consul in Austin, TX, a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations, a lead investor with Opportunity Austin, an executive committee member of the UT Systems Chancellor’s Council, and as a director on the boards of the Salvation Army of Central Texas, the Blanton Museum of Art, UT Austin’s Undergraduate College, The Texas Exes, and the UT School of Law, in addition to Texas Performing Arts. He previously served as a public safety commissioner for the city of Austin, a trustee for the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board, and as the first student regent for the University of Texas System. Brian received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin.

Carly Christopher
As a lifelong lover of and believer in the power of creative arts, Carly works as a professional actor, producer and writer in Austin, TX, and Jackson, WY. In addition to Texas Performing Arts, she holds board seats at The Alchemy Theatre, a new black box theatre in East Austin, and Creative Action, a non-profit that uses the arts as a medium to inspire creativity, unlock potential, and transform the lives of students of all ages while building community and practicing social justice. Carly and her husband Clayton are passionate about giving and philanthropy. The Christopher Family Foundation focuses on supporting mothers and families, uplifting at-risk youth, the preservation of theatre and of the creative arts, providing education for all, and empowering entrepreneurship in future leaders.

Jaime Davila
Jaime is a private investor and the former chair and CEO of Univision and COO of Mexico’s Grupo Televisa, both leading Spanish-language media companies. Jaime co-founded Los Angeles-based Campanario Entertainment with his son, which develops film, television, and musical content in English and Spanish. Jaime and his wife Pilar live in Austin and spend time in Los Angeles, New York City and Connecticut. Jaime is an alumnus of UT.

Tamara Dorrance
Tamara Dorrance is an ethicist with Lighthouse Ethics Consulting, offering ethics based guidance to nonprofits, individuals and businesses. She is also president and co-founder of the Durant Family Foundation, a private foundation celebrating over 20 years supporting communities through solution-based programs and advocacy. Tamara is actively engaged locally with the Austin Advisory Board of the Texas Nature Conservancy and the National Leadership Board of The Blanton Museum of Art. Tamara was raised within an emergent theater and modern dance scene in Colorado, dancing with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, David Taylor Dance Theater, and Perry-Mansfield, eventually working as a freelance instructor and choreographer. She holds a BA from Colorado State University with a minor in Dance and a MS in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edward’s University. Tamara moved to Austin in 2000 with her husband Charles, where they are raising their two children.

Deborah Green
Deborah Green is a philanthropist and avid supporter of all art forms based in Austin. She currently serves on the boards of The Contemporary Austin, Fusebox, and Ballroom Marfa, and she has perviously served on the boards of the Austin Film Society, Zach Scott Theatre, Planned Parenthood, and the Tate Museums Acquisition Committee in London. Deborah’s latest producing projects include being co-owner and buyer of Joy, a curated gift shop in downtown Austin, and getting involved with co-producing shows on Broadway, including Hadestown and The Inheritance (both won Tony Awards). She is hopeful that there will be more shows and more Tonys in her future. Deborah and her partner, Clayton Aynesworth, are home base for three adult children.

Michael Herman, MD
Mike is a radiation oncologist with Texas Oncology. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas in Houston. He completed his training at the University of Florida where he served as chief resident and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Mike and his wife Abbey moved to Austin in 2015, where they are raising their three kids. Mike currently serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Matthew’s School, and he is actively involved with the Flatwater Foundation, Wonders and Worries, and St. Andrew’s School.

Steve Kahng
Steve is the president of the Kahng Foundation and principal of Arboretum Capital, a family office investing in real estate, technology, and consumer sectors. Formerly, he was a General Partner of 4C Ventures, an early-stage high technology venture capital firm. Prior to this, he was a co-founder, chairman and CEO of Power Computing Corporation. Mr. Kahng has been a consultant for many major U.S. and international computer companies including Digital Equipment Corp, Compaq Corp and Motorola. Steve is a Board member of Stanford University's Hoover Institution, San Francisco Opera, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and The Asia Foundation, among others. Steve resides in New York City and Austin.

Chris Mattsson
Chris is the President of the Mattsson-McHale Foundation and is an active supporter of the arts and culture community in Austin.  She believes in the power of art to transform lives.  She is an executive producer of several documentary films, including The Great Invisible, Order of Myths, and Be Here to Love Me, in addition to the Tony Award winner The Inheritance.  She has served on the board of KLRU, Austin’s Public TV; KUT; The Contemporary Austin; Fusebox; and Waterloo Greenway.

Lauren Reid
Lauren Reid is the President of the John Gore Organization (JGO) who has built her career out of her lifelong passion for live entertainment. Driven by a commitment to extend the reach of Broadway, Lauren has helped steer the Tony and Emmy Award-winning JGO through its various subsidiaries to become the leading developer, producer, distributor, and marketer of commercial theater. Lauren first joined the JGO family in 1992, beginning a 13-year tenure during which she held a range of leadership positions. She left the company in 2006 to help launch and serve as COO of BASE Entertainment where she managed worldwide operations, produced live music acts and Broadway shows, and oversaw construction and operation of multiple venues in Las Vegas, China and Singapore. In 2010, she returned to JGO and was later named President in 2021. Lauren currently serves as chair of The Broadway League, the industry’s national trade association, and Co-Producer of the Tony Awards, along with membership on the boards of trustees for The Entertainment Community Fund, The Hobby Center in Houston, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fight Aids. She guest lectures at her alma mater, The University of Texas.

Marc Seriff
Marc was born and raised in Austin, earned a BA from UT Austin in 1971 and an MS in Computer Science from MIT in 1974. In 1985, Marc became a cofounder and CTO of America Online (AOL). In 1996, he retired from AOL and, with his wife Carolyn, returned to Central Texas. Marc has been actively involved in the non-profit community, having served as a co-founder and board member of the Boys & Girls Club of the Highland Lakes, a co-founder and trustee of The Seriff Foundation, a trustee of Austin Community Foundation, and a board member and Interim CEO of the Long Center for the Performing Arts. At UT Austin, he served on the Commission of 125 and as chair of the Director’s Council of the Department of Theatre and Dance.  He is currently a trustee of Austin’s Zach Theatre and a board member of The Terrence McNally Foundation. Marc and Carolyn have been involved in commercial theater since 2011, and they have co-produced over eight Broadway shows and two off-Broadway shows and received two Tony awards.

Lisa B. Thompson
Lisa B. Thompson is the Patton Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and the College of Liberal Arts’ Advisor to the Dean for Faculty Mentoring and Support at the University of Texas at Austin. Her publications include Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class, Single Black Female, and Underground, Monroe, and The Mamalogues: Three Plays. She has received support from a number of institutions including the American Council of Learned Societies, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, Millay Arts, National Performance Network, and the W. E. B. DuBois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center. Lisa serves on the board of the Austin Playhouse. She also co-hosts and co-produces Black Austin Matters, a podcast and radio segment on KUT.

Interested in learning more? Please contact Anna Langdell, Director of Development, at alangdell@texasperformingarts.org.

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