May 3, 2019
Koya is proud to have partnered with the Board of Arts Midwest on the search that led to the appointment of Torrie Allen as President & CEO. Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives.
Torrie Allen has more than 30 years wide-ranging experience in the arts including executive and artistic leadership, fundraising, marketing, policy, adjudication, grantmaking and international performance.
He currently serves as the chief director of development at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He was chief officer of development and marketing at Alaska Public Media from 2012 to 2016 and executive and artistic director of Anchorage Opera from 2006 to 2012. Prior to joining Anchorage Opera, he was the director of the National Patrons Council at Americans for the Arts.
Allen has served as a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wallace Foundation. He currently serves on the board of National Arts Strategies as well as various arts and community advisory committees in New York City and southern Oregon. Also, he has provided volunteer leadership support for numerous organizations including the World Affairs Council (Alaska), University of Alaska Advisory Board, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Community Commander Program, Arts & Business Council of New York, American Repertory Ballet, Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and Alaska State Council on the Arts.
Prior to his career in nonprofit leadership, Allen spend a decade traveling the world as a professional concert and opera singer. His professional performance credits include Opéra National de Paris; Teatro Real Madrid; Bregenz Festpiel. Austria; Rudolfinum, Prague; Carnegie Hall; St. Petersburg State Symphony, Russia; Metropolitan Opera and the Aspen Music Festival.
Allen holds degrees from UCLA and the Boston Conservatory. He is a Fellow of the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program through Harvard Business School, University of
Michigan and University of Texas at Austin.
Read the press release: Arts Midwest names Torrie Allen President & CEO.