Interim directors promoted at SMoCA, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The Scottsdale Cultural Council has announced the promotions of Dr. Sara Cochran to director and chief curator of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Ally Haynes-Hamblen to director of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

“The Scottsdale Cultural Council prides itself on the incredible talent and dedication of its staff,” stated President and CEO Neale Perl, in a press release. “Both Sara and Ally have served our organization with distinction. Their experience, insight and creativity are tremendous assets, and we know they will continue to do an outstanding job leading their respective divisions in a spirit of collaboration and innovation.”

Dr. Sara Cochran

Dr. Sara Cochran

Dr. Cochran has been SMoCA’s interim director and curator since May 2015, overseeing all aspects of the museum’s programming and exhibitions while working closely with the cultural council’s development and marketing departments to further the museum’s success.

She joined SMoCA in February 2014 as associate director, curator and educator. From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Cochran served as curator of modern and contemporary art at Phoenix Art Museum, where she produced numerous exhibitions, publications and public programs, the release stated.

From 2004 to 2008, she worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and before that at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Born and raised in Scotland, Dr. Cochran received her doctorate in 2005 from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, writing on the late painting of Francis Picabia. She also holds a master’s and diploma of advanced studies in art history from Universite Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) in France.

Dr. Cochran has taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art Summer School, Arizona State University and Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, and has published and lectured in the United States and Europe in both French and English.

She recently completed the 2015 Getty Leadership Institute’s Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders.

Ally Haynes-Hamblen

Ally Haynes-Hamblen

Ms. Haynes-Hamblen has been interim director of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts since June 2015, overseeing the center’s performing-arts programming and similarly collaborating with both development and marketing.

She also served as the center’s assistant director from 2010 to 2015, theater manager, 2005–10, and company manager, 2004–05.

Previously, Ms. Haynes-Hamblen was general manager and associate producer for New York-based Entertainment Events, Inc., where she supervised budgeting, finance, marketing and production for national touring and off-Broadway theatrical productions.

Originally from Boulder, Colo., Ms. Haynes-Hamblen earned her MBA from Regis University and BA from University of Denver. 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.

Ms. Haynes-Hamblen completed the 2015 International Festival Encounters course with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Emerging Leadership Institute of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and she received the 2013 Mentoring Award from Western Arts Alliance, according to the release.

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