Head shot of Deputy Director, Programs, Ian Tresselt. Ian is a white mail with light brown hair, dark rimmed glasses, and a beard. He is wearing a grey sport coat and open necked white dress shirt.Baltimore, MD – May 8, 2018 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announced today that Ian Tresselt, formerly of Everyman Theatre, will join the Foundation as Deputy Director, Programs, effective May 7, 2018. Mr. Tresselt will be responsible for all aspects of Foundation programs, including development and management, research, evaluation, and budgeting. He succeeds Paul Brohan who served as Deputy Director for two years before returning to his programming roots with the Hancher Auditorium.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation manages 16 distinct programs offering support for performing arts presenting, artist fellowships, filmmaking and touring, the traditional arts, and international cultural engagement. In addition to serving the nine states and jurisdictions that make up the mid-Atlantic region, Foundation programs reach throughout the United States and the world.

Mr. Tresselt’s most recent position was Managing Director for Everyman Theatre, a regional theatre located in Baltimore, where he helped lead an $18m capital campaign to relocate the company from its longstanding home to a new landmark facility in the downtown cultural district. He left Everyman in 2015 to pursue a joint MBA/MA degree from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and the Maryland Institute College of Art which he completed in 2017. Previous to his move to Baltimore, Mr. Tresselt was the Director of Theatre Operations for the New Victory Theatre in New York City, a multi-discipline performing arts center that presented international companies along with education programs.

Theresa Colvin, Executive Director of Mid Atlantic said “Ian joins us at a very opportune time as we enter into a new strategic planning period for Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. I believe Ian’s unique skills and experience in program development and evaluation along with his understanding of the needs of artists and audiences alike will be invaluable as we chart our course for the future. He is a proven leader and I am delighted to welcome him to the team.”

On learning of his appointment, Mr. Tresselt said “I am thrilled to be joining Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation at this exciting time. I’m looking forward to working with Theresa, the board and the staff to continue the legacy of stalwart service to artists and the region.”

With over 20 years in the nonprofit sector, Mr. Tresselt has held senior leadership positions in numerous organizations including the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles, Classic Stage Company in New York, and The New Victory Theatre, also in New York. In 2006, the Arts and Business Council of New York nominated him as an “Emerging Arts Leader”. Mr. Tresselt has served on numerous boards, has been a grant review panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council and an adjudicator for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, an MA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Photo Credit: Teresa Castracane


About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work and advance access to and participation in the arts. The Foundation was created in 1979 and is a private non-profit organization that is closely allied with the region’s state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional, national, and international perspective. To learn more about MAAF, its programs and services, visit our website at www.midatlanticarts.org.