Susan Stockton | 2015 Patrick Hayes Award Recipient
Susan Stockton will receive the 2015 Patrick Hayes Award at the New York 2015 Congress, Dynamic Leadership: Creating the Future. View other ISPA Award winners.
Susan Stockton recently retired as the president of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center a position she assumed in September of 2003. This state-of-the-art center completed in November of 2002 is located in Appleton, Wisconsin and contains a 2,100 seat opera-style house, a 350 seat black box style theater and a 75 person private function space. Programming of this facility included a partnership with Broadway Across America to present a Broadway series, a performing arts series and a daytime education series. There she led a team of 35 full-time professional staff plus numerous part-time and volunteer staff. She was the chief executive officer with oversight responsibility for programming, fundraising, operations and personnel.
Prior to her current position, Stockton was the Director of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State. There she served as the chief executive officer with overall responsibility for the management of Eisenhower (2,600 seats) and Schwab (900 seats) auditoriums and supervision of more than 20 full-time employees.
While at Penn State she was hired to consult as visiting faculty by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters for their professional development program presenting educational sessions in the areas of fiscal management, fundraising, human resource development, advisory board management, programming, marketing, and arts education introducing a new online course connecting the visiting artist and presenting programs of Penn State.
Positions held prior to Penn State include director of the Center for the Arts at Middlebury College, Director of Campus Affairs at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Stockton also served as: Associate Director (1987 to 1988) and Assistant Director (1986 to 1987) of Management Development Programs at the Simmons College Graduate School of Management in Boston; Director of Student Affairs (1979 to 1986) at Simmons College; and Coordinator of University and Student Programming (1974 to 1978) at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Stockton is a member and former board chair of the International Society of Performing Arts and for eleven years served as a Tony voting member of The Broadway League. While at Penn State she served as a cultural ambassador for a variety of performing arts programs and artist exchange initiatives in China and Japan. She earned a B.A. in Theatre at the University of Rhode Island and a M.F.A. from the Director Training Program at Ohio University.
She is currently enjoying a relaxed retirement from full time arts administration, pursuing learning opportunities and creative writing courses at Oxford University and serving as a grants panelist for The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.