WASHINGTON, DC (CelebrityAccess) – The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts welcomes its new Director of Public Social Impact Programs, Therese LaGamma. With extensive international experience having lived abroad in French-speaking Africa, West Africa and Italy, as well as a career in arts administration spanning two decades, LaGamma is a perfect fit for diverse entertainment and eclectic of the famous Kennedy Center.
Before heading to the nation’s capital, LaGamma served as director of programming at Portsmouth Music Hall in New Hampshire. In this role she produced the Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival and launched many popular signing series with artists including Ray LaMontagne, Thievery Corporation, Trey Anastasio and Trevor Noah. LaGamma was also responsible for bringing “The Moth” main stage to the New Hampshire coast.
Prior to Music Hall, she participated in the programming of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. There, she was responsible for producing and expanding their music series by diversifying their lineup and becoming a champion for emerging artists. She has collaborated with many music conservatories and schools in the Boston area to bring music to museum galleries for special community engagements, open houses and events.
Finally, LaGamma was a host and announcer for New Hampshire Public Radio, where she produced a weekly two-hour music show, and consulted for several New England nonprofits in the Cape Cod areas. National Seashore and Monadnock. Most recently, she was invited to serve as an artistic advisor to the New England Foundation for the Arts Center Stage program.
In his new role, LaGamma will be responsible for curating public programmatic experiences of social impact and will work collaboratively across the Kennedy Center to innovate and drive the development, implementation, and evaluation of a range of public programs. and special projects, including the Signature Millennium Stage. She will center anti-racism practices in project management and in the approach to key project tasks, she will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders and cultural producers. Additionally, she will create innovative, cross-disciplinary experiences that will strengthen the Kennedy Center’s ties to local communities and drive both on-site visits and online engagement.
The John F. Kennedy Center, named in 1964 in memory of the slain former president, is nestled on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, DC. The centre, known for its diverse talent, hosts theatre, dance, jazz, pop, folk and more. The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual award bestowed by the center’s Board of Trustees. The award is given to honor lifetime contributions to American culture and the performing arts, spanning all genres and mediums. Past winners include Debbie Allen, James Earl Jones, BB King, Cary Grant and Billy Joel. The most recent class included Bette Midler, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels, Justino Diaz and Joni Mitchell.