Curtis Scott Dunn

696 Filmore Road

Pittsburgh PA 15221

(412) 871-5426 home  (732) 806-0160 cell



Professional Experience

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh PA

October 2015-Present – Director of Production

Department head in charge of all stage and touring operations
Member of Senior Staff – in cooperation with other senior staff, executive and artistic directors and board, established overall direction of organization
Re-evaluated existing production inventory, directed acquisition and build of new ballet productions, and led associated scenic and costume rental business, negotiated acquisition of new warehousing space


Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

 August 2008 – September 2015 – Administrator of the Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers British Studies Center, Rutgers English Diversity Institute, and Rutgers Seminar in the History of the Book

Primarily responsible for realizing constituent programs’ missions, Directors’ visions, and university-level organizational priorities, setting policy and protocol for constituents, and managing the public‘s experience of the programs.
Delegated responsibility and authority to act on behalf of the programs to staff.  Evaluated staff performance in achieving goals, set evaluation criteria, and provided guidance and direction.  Handled payroll (for staff and fellows), visas (for international scholars), and project support for constituents.
Communicated vision to chain-of command, prepared financial and executive reports to various levels of governance, defended or advocated for initiatives/actions in pursuit of the programs’ missions.  
Provided guided insight to unit, departmental, and university-level governance based on institutional priorities – ROI, cost-management, needs of archival preservation, and effective use of personnel.
Devised, prepared, managed and tracked budgets for multiple programs, providing insight and guidance to Directors in preparation of funding requests, and principally responsible for accurately estimating costs relating to initiatives, detailing fund/expense relationships (i.e. state funds, endowment funds, funds sourced from constituent groups).
Originated and led administrative development of two new programs – the Rutgers British Studies Center, and the Rutgers English Diversity Institute.

Design One Corporation, New York City
February 2005 – July 2008 – Vice President of Operations

Responsible for all event production, architectural operations, finance activity, and day-to-day management of a nationally known lighting design firm
Supervised office staff and employees of the entertainment division; contracted and supervised electrical firms retained for architectural projects, ensuring quality control and timely completion of contracts
Primary programmer/instructor for Vantage Controls portion of architectural division
As primary procurement officer, negotiated vendor/supplier contracts on behalf of the firm
Part of team responsible for designing marketing and brand identity; subsequently responsible for company-wide implementation of marketing and brand positioning efforts, redesigned marketing materials, website and print media brand identity
Produced trade shows and multi-city tours for corporate clientele
Successfully overhauled billing and purchasing systems, utilizing new software package, Connected 5

Eos Orchestra, New York City

May 1998 – February 2005 – Managing Director, (promoted from Acting General Manager, promoted from Production Manager)

Supervised the Finance, Operations, and Production Departments; the senior staff member entrusted with executive responsibility.  Worked in close cooperation with a consultant supervising Development and Marketing.
General Management, including short and long-range budgeting, tour management, hiring and supervision of technical and office personnel, production and logistics
Managed $2,000,000+ annual artistic and production budget
Negotiated and administered venue, designer and artist contracts for 2001-2005 seasons
Directly responsible for all production elements of five fully staged operas and several world premieres
Re-designed organizational budget, expense tracking, and accountability systems
Designed and implemented a database and physical asset storage system for organization’s video and audio archival storage, with accompanying data records
Identified and implemented new fundraising/contact management/calendaring database for organization (Third Sector Software’s Mission Maestro)

Everett Studios, Armonk, New York
October 1998 – Present:  Production Manager and Event Director

Clients included 1998-2004 Heineken USA national and local distributor meetings, Pepsico, the 2004 Latin Advertising Awards, and the 2011 Pernod Ricard National Meeting

Theatrical Systems Services LLC, Valhalla, NY
April 1996-May 2001 — Founding Partner 

Founded company as a part-time venture, expanded in five years to a staff of ten full-time employees with equipment assets of $500,000, and annual sales of $750,000
Responsible for overall direction of company, recruitment of a staff of ten employees, marketing, sales, client relations, and production/rental operations.
Negotiated and closed strategic acquisition of a competitor, Essential Productions, in 1999
Sold company in May 2001

The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State Univ. of NY
July 1993-August 1998 – Production Manager

Responsible for planning, execution, and operational oversight of four theatre, 600+ event season
Senior staff position – approved all production departmental budgets  
Supervised staff of six full-time and two hundred casual employees
Responsible for negotiating IATSE contracts, space rental contracts, and artist production riders for all presented events

Trump’s Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey

March 1992-April 1993 — Restaurant Manager

Successfully managed 300+ employees in three high-volume restaurants, under an H.E.R.E. union contract


Specific Skills

WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite 6 and CC, MS Office, Quickbooks Pro, Connected 5 Accounting, Oracle Business E-Suite, VectorWorks Spotlight, Final Cut Pro, various lighting control systems including ETC, Grand MA, and Vantage Controls, live audio reinforcement and recording, video projection technologies, labor negotiation, space rental negotiation and contracting, artist and designer contract preparation, project bid preparation and oversight, catering and event planning, photography and graphic design


Related Affiliations

Former Member URA-AFT

Former Member IATSE Local 499 – Poughkeepsie, NY

CT Certified EMT-Intermediate (expired)

Former Board Treasurer and current founding member of La Strada Ensemble Theater, Asbury Park NJ


Other Skills

Martial Arts Student – Black Belt 2nd Degree in TaeKwonDo

Amateur photographer with several published works

Performance Credits

Reunited (film) La Strada Ensemble Films, as John Smith

Chance  La Strada Ensemble Theater, as Ensemble Member

Jello Shots in the Dark  La Strada Ensemble Theater, as Ensemble Member

Whodunnit?  Arnold Theater Company, as Andreas Capodistriou/Gerry Marshall

Romeo and Juliet  Arnold Theater Company, as Benvolio/Balthazar

Jesus Christ Superstar  Arnold Theater Company, as Ensemble

Norman, Is That You?  Kobe Dinner Theater, as Norman Chambers

The Fantasticks  Arnold Theater Company, as The Mute


Love Doesn’t Die ©2014

World Premiere by La Strada Ensemble Theater as part of the Chance festival in Asbury Park NJ (February 2015) and New York City NY (March 2015)

Gifts ©2015

World Premiere by La Strada Ensemble Theater

The Things we do for Love ©2016

World Premiere by La Strada Ensemble Theater

A Walk in the Woods ©2018

        World Premiere by Las Strada Ensemble Theater