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Executive Vice President Scott Shiller enjoys a diverse and exciting role as a team member of the Adrienne Arsht Center. Since joining the Center in October of 2007, Scott has overseen numerous projects, including major programming initiatives which have helped secure the Adrienne Arsht Center’s position as a national leader.
In addition to programming large-scale Broadway productions for the Broadway in Miami series, as well as acclaimed theatrical events such as Fuerza Bruta, Slava Snow Show, and Celia for the Center’s dynamic summer seasons, Scott has played an integral role in developing The Carnival Studio Theater Season. Through partnerships with local arts organizations, the Adrienne Arsht Center is able to feature South Florida’s best artists and companies on the Carnival Studio Theater stage. These partnerships provide a world-class stage for local talent to showcase their work and to introduce new groundbreaking theater and dance to Miami audiences. The 2010-2011 Carnival Studio Theater Season will feature partnerships with organizations such as Mad Cat Theatre, Zoetic Stage, City Theatre, and Teatro Avante, Brazz Dance Theater, M Ensemble, and Out in the Tropics. Additionally, new works by Daniel Arsham, Jonah Bokaer, and Judith Sanchez Ruiz, Rosie Herrera Dance Company, and local artists participating in Miami Made Weekend will be featured.
Scott grew up outside of St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Emerson College in Boston, where he majored in theatre arts. During his senior year of college, Scott began working for Tony Award-winning producer Jon Platt. Together with Platt, Scott collaborated on numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including Wicked, Man of La Mancha, Sly Fox, The Graduate, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Blue Man Group: Tubes, Ragtime, Cabaret, Master Class, Wait Until Dark, Taller than a Dwarf, Seussical the Musical, Macbeth, The Diary of Anne Frank, Fosse, Forbidden Broadway, and The Vagina Monologues. In addition to gaining invaluable experience in producing, Scott also helped create ‘Broadway in Boston,’ an audience development, group sales, membership and subscription program, which later served as a branding model for ‘Broadway Across America,’ the nation’s largest presenter of touring t theatrical shows.
After his tenure in Boston, Scott became a partner in TheatreDreams, the commercial theater producing company led by Tony Award-winning producers Larry Wilker and Bill Becker. With TheatreDreams, Scott served as Vice President of Programming for The Chicago Theatre in downtown Chicago as well as the famous Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. During his tenure, The Chicago Theatre was twice nominated for “Theatre of Year” by Polstar Magazine in recognition of the venue’s unprecedented level of programming.
Scott continues his quest to bring outstanding quality theater to audiences at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Together with the outstanding programming team of the Adrienne Arsht Center, Executive Vice President Scott Shiller aims to bring quality diverse productions to every stage of the Center. For a complete list of performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center, including those in the Carnival Studio Theatre, please visit http://www.arshtcenter.org.
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CENTER LEADERSHIP PROFILES: KEN HARRIS, Vice President of Operations
Executive team member Ken Harris is a key player on a vast field at the Adrienne Arsht Center. As Vice President of Operations, Harris plays a role in pretty much everything. From production to guest services to facility management to area development, Harris leads his staff to act as a cornerstone department, managing to interact and keep up with each of the Center’s other divisions.
With a BA in theater arts from SUNY Fredonia and a MFA in Drama from the University of Washington, Harris knew what he was going to pursue in life from the start. “My parents were Broadway fanatics and from an early age I’d fallen in love with jazz,” Harris smiles. As a child, Harris was brought along by his older sister, who was very involved with drama, to all of her school shows. “I would go and run up and down the catwalks,” he reminisces. “Being backstage was my favorite part.”
An avid fan of theater and music, Harris played the saxophone in the jazz band throughout high school: a hobby he claims helped him enormously to understand, appreciate and thoroughly enjoy music and its business. Shortly after college, Harris landed a job at Disney. “Prior to Disney, I worked for regional theater companies from coast to coast,” he explains, “Theater was always something I did and loved; Disney was something I fell into.” Hired as a stage technician, Harris quickly moved up the corporate ladder. There, he had the opportunity to create and operate shows, as well as extensively tour the country and the world. After spending nearly 20 years with Disney, Harris left Orlando with invaluable experience.
At the Adrienne Arsht Center, Harris preaches the importance of communication and “complete and total collaboration.” In order to conduct a smooth operation, Harris explains that “it is key and critical to understand an organization in total.” He impressively maintains steady interaction with not only Vice Presidents of other departments but with individual staff members as well.
At the Center, Harris has been able to implement both his expert knowledge and his love for the performing arts in perfect harmony. Among the countless shows he considers himself so fortunate to attend, Harris did reveal a favorite: “I would have to say my favorite performance here has been Ramsey Lewis and Al Jarreau: two jazz legends sharing the stage…at a place I work. [It was] just a moment of pride and exhilaration.” When asked if he had any performances in mind he hopes to see visit Miami next, Harris fell silent. After a while of deep thought he said: “I’m trying to think of what we haven’t pulled in yet! I’ve just been so exhilarated by what we have had here…But the exposure’s been so great and the diversity of Miami has really helped [as] the Adrienne Arsht Center has been setting a standard.”
Harris is personal and intimate with his work, drawing inspiration from pure passion. “One of the best parts of my job has been growing an affinity for sharing my experience and expertise to others growing in the field,” he automatically answers, and then jokes, “That, and getting really cool seats to shows!”