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Playhouse in the Park Addition and
Renovation Project

Playhouse in the Park "Groundbreaking"
L to R: Liz Bussey Fentress; Chuck Foster, Murray City Council; Mayor Bill Cherry;
Steve Lax, Callow County Fiscal Court;
Jim Carpenter, Fundraising Chair

L to R: Wayne Bates, Construction
Consultant; Jim Carpenter;
Liz Bussey Fentress
I began consulting with theatres and other arts groups through the Kentucky Arts Council’s Peer Advisory Network (KPAN) in 1999. Since then I’ve worked with dozens of professional, community, and educational organizations. My areas of interest include theatre production, program development, organizational development, fundraising and grant writing, and strategic planning.

My own arts management experience is primarily with two different, non-profit organizations. I was the executive director of a mostly volunteer theatre, the Playhouse in the Park, in Murray, KY, and associate producer of a professional theatre, Horse Cave Theatre in Horse Cave, KY. Both organizations conducted capital campaigns, and completed renovation and expansion projects, while I was on the scene.

Liz Fentress has worked with the Board, staff, and volunteers of Artists Collaborative Theatre since the idea of having our own building in Elkhorn City was an impossible dream. She helped put our organizational structure in place, devise fundraising strategies, and write job descriptions for Board members and volunteers. Most of all, she believed in us. Our building has now been open for two years—with seven productions each season, and sixteen performances of each show. We were recently approved for a KPAN in marketing—and we know exactly who we want. I know Liz will be pleased with the growth of Artists Collaborative Theatre.
                                       Stephanie Richards, Pike County Extension Agent for Fine Arts,
                                                                     Artistic Director, Artists Collaborative Theatre
Liz Fentress was an exceptional KPAN consultant for the Kentucky Theatre Association. It’s always tricky to keep a large group of passionate theatre artisans channeled toward a common goal. But Liz’s wealth of expertise, calm and engaging guidance, direct and focused style, and lightly crafted sense of humor was a perfect fit to get the job done. We are and will be a stronger organization as a result.
                                                    Doug Sumey, Past President
, Kentucky Theatre Association

Liz is a Godsend!! She has consulted on several different issues for Pandora Productions and we've always left the meetings with a newfound sense of purpose and inspiration. She comes prepared and well organized. She is nurturing and yet tough in getting participants to be more rigorous in their evaluations. We have always felt like Liz has a kinship with our vision, mission and core beliefs that include the transformational power of theatre which is rare to find in a consultant. We'll definitely utilize her skills more in the future!
                                                                           Michael Drury, Producing Artistic Director

                                                                                           Pandora Productions, Louisville

Every year the Squallis Puppeteers' Board of Directors hosts a Kick-off Orientation event with current and new board members. For the past five years, we have received KPAN assistance to work with Liz. Her knowledge in strategic planning and fundraising have been crucial to our organization's development. Liz’s ability to unite a room of new people in order to get a plan complete in a few hours is amazing. I have come to rely on our annual meeting with Liz to help Squallis stay on track.
                                                                                   Nora Christensen, Executive Director

                                                                                              Squallis Puppeteers,
Learn more about the Kentucky Arts Council’s Peer Advisory Network and funding for
a consultancy here.

Horse Cave Theatre--A lot of great people
Organizations I’ve worked with:
Alley Theater, Louisville Artisan Alliance of Pikeville/Pike County Blue Sky Kentucky
Arts Association of Oldham County Arts Commission of Danville-Boyle County Citizens for Gospel Music
Actors Theatre, Louisville Bluegrass Theatre Guild, Frankfort El Delirio Producciones
Barnlot Community Theatre, Edmonton Capitol Arts Center,Bowling Green Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville
Botanica, Louisville Creative Diversity, Louisvillle Jenny Wiley Theatre
Clinton County Arts Council Franklin County Arts Council Kentucky Appalachian Artisan Center
Dance Theatre of Owensboro Horse Cave Theatre Kentucky Craft Marketing
Fifth Third Bank Joephine Sculpture Park, Frankfort Kentucky Theatre Association
Flamenco Louisville Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education Looking for Lilith Theatre Company
Grand Theatre, Frankfort Kentucky Classical Theatre Conservatory Louisville Leopard Percussionists
Lexington Art League Kentucky Repertory Theatre Murray Art Guild
Juneteenth Festival Leeds Theatre, Winchester Pandora Productions
Kentucky Playwrights Workshop Louisville Central Community Center Singletary Center, Lexington
Knott County Art and Craft Foundation Mary Anderson Center Stringbean Festival
Louisville Arts Counci Old Fort Harrod Theatre at Fort Harrod Voices of Kentuckiana
Marshall County Arts Commission Ragged Edge Community Theatre, Harrodsburg Kentucky Peer Advisor Network
My Nose Turns Red, Covington River City Players, Irvine  
Paramount Arts Center, Ashland Shelby County Community Theatre  
Richmond Area Arts Council Squallis Puppeteers  
SKYPAC, Bowling Green Vision for Education, Louisville  
Theatre Association of Louisville Artists Collaborative Theatre  
Women Who Write, Louisville Arts Council of Northeast Kentucky  
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