Khady Kamara joined Arena Stage in 2001 and has been an integral member of the communications team, eventually being promoted to Chief Marketing Officer before taking over as Associate Executive Director and ultimately Managing Director. Under her leadership, Arena’s sales team repeatedly broke box office records for a number of shows. She successfully administered the upgrade and transition of Arena’s ticketing software to meet the ever-changing needs of its growing patron base. Her work was integral in the success of Arena’s temporary residency in Crystal City and the opening of the Mead Center for American Theater. During Kamara’s tenure, she pioneered unprecedented efforts to maximize donations with ticket purchases, and group sales revenue has more than doubled in scope and range of audiences reached. Part of her focus has been on strengthening community relations, managing strategic planning efforts with the board of directors and helping grow the donor base. Kamara serves on the Board of Governors for the Helen Hayes Awards.
Bachelor in Economics and Management, Wells College
MBA, University of Maryland
Helen Hayes Awards, Board of Governors Member
Maryland State Arts Council, Grant Review Panelist
AMGT 599 Strategies for Patron Engagement and Retention
AMGT 599 Social Media and Digital Advertising in the Arts