BARBARA B. HAUPTMAN
1056 Boston Post Road, Rye, New York 10580
Currently Barbara Hauptman is a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY/Purchase in Arts Management. After 12 years, she retired as Executive Director of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, a national independent labor union, in December 2007. While at SSDC, she was instrumental in restructuring the Broadway Production contract, pursing property rights issues, doubling the membership and enhancing the programming of the SDC Foundation. Prior to her appointment at SSDC, Ms. Hauptman was the Executive Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where she helped the organization through financial stabilization, produced a record-breaking season at City Center, and facilitated a successful ad campaign with American Express. From 1989-1995, Barbara was the Executive Director of the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, which is the oldest operating performing arts facility in New York, and as a presenting house, one of the most accommodating to artists of various disciplines. While there, Ms. Hauptman established a residency with the Acting Company, introduced the community to emerging contemporary artists and orchestrated the theater's 125th Anniversary celebration. Producing, managing and writing for television took Barbara away from the live performing arts during the mid-80. As Vice-President, Manager of Daytime Programming for Saatchi and Saatchi Compton Advertising, she represented Procter and Gamble's interests in daytime television serials.
Other experience includes Director of Operations for the Theatre Development Fund and TKTS booth in Times Square. Here she managed a staff of 90 and promoted programs that encouraged new audiences for theatre and dance. As an Arts Analyst for the New York State Council on the Arts in the late 70s, Barbara saw over 250 plays a year and helped nurture many theaters that are today among the mainstays of the industry.
She has also produced Twyla Tharp on Broadway, and was general manager at the Williamstown Theater Festival and Vinnette Carroll’s Urban Arts Corps Theatre. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama with a MFA in Theater Administration, and has been an adjunct professor at SUNY, New Paltz, and New York University and a lecturer at Yale School of Drama, Emerson College and Sarah Lawrence College.
She has been an arts consultant in theatre, dance and for private arts foundations. Her Board of Directors service has included Second Stage Theatre Company, Dance Theatre Workshop, Bard Music Festival, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and Strategic National Arts Alumni Project.
Barbara has also served on local, regional and state arts councils as a panelist; been published by the Foundation for the Extension and Development of the American Professional Theatre and the Yale Journal of Regulation; been an arts contributor to the Dutchess County Magazine and the Taconic Newspapers; facilitated retreats for Board of Directors and Professional Theatre Associations and co-founded the Coalition of Broadway Union and Guilds. She has been a Broadway Tony Award Voter since 1996.