Interim director named for Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Assistant Director Ally Haynes-Hamblen has been appointed interim director. She begins her new responsibilities immediately, taking over from Director Cory Baker, who left the organization on June 3.

Ally Haynes-Hamblen

Ally Haynes-Hamblen

Ms. Haynes-Hamblen has served as assistant director of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts since 2010, working on all aspects of programming, production and finance.

She joined the Center in 2004 when she was recruited for the position of company manager, according to a press release. From 2005 to 2009, she was the theater manager for Theater 4301, a 326-seat performance space operated by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in the Galleria Corporate Centre in downtown Scottsdale.

Following the renovation of the Center’s Virginia G. Piper Theater, Ms. Haynes-Hamblen worked as theater manager during the 2009–10 season.

“Ally Haynes-Hamblen has played a key role in the success of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for more than 10 years,” stated Scottsdale Cultural Council President and CEO Neale Perl in a press release. “Working with her during the past season, I have been impressed with her extensive experience in the performing arts industry and deep knowledge of the Center’s programming and operations. We are pleased to recognize her accomplishments and welcome her to this position.”

Prior to joining Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Ms. Haynes-Hamblen was general manager and associate producer for Entertainment Events, Inc., where she supervised budgeting, finance, marketing and production for national touring and off-Broadway theatrical productions, including the hit shows ‘Late Nite Catechism’ and ‘Menopause The Musical’ according to the release.

She also worked as resident stage manager of the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia.

“Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has an amazing 40-year history of artistic excellence and innovation,” stated Ms. Haynes-Hamblen in the release. “I am excited to take on this role and continue working with our outstanding staff to present great performing arts experiences for Scottsdale and the entire Valley.”

Originally from Boulder, Colo., Ms. Haynes-Hamblen earned her M.B.A. from Regis University and B.A. in theater and mass communication from University of Denver, according to the release. She is the current president of the Arizona Presenters Alliance; treasurer of VSA Arizona, The State Organization on Arts and Disability; and mentorship programs coordinator for California Presenters.

She has participated in the Emerging Leadership Institute of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the California Presenters Mentorship Program, and was a member of the Expedia Corporate Travel Advisory Board. In 2013, Ms. Haynes-Hamblen received the Darlene Neel Mentoring Award from the Western Arts Alliance.

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