Bowen McCauley Dance announces the appointment of Abigail Isaac as its new Executive Director. Ms. Isaac, most recently Business Development Manager at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, has years of experience as an artist and arts manager.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina with an MBA from George Mason University, Ms. Isaac was named Outstanding MBA Student of the Year in her class. Between college and business school, she directed or assistant directed over thirty theatrical productions at various theatres including Studio Theatre and Keegan Theatre in the D.C. area; served as Associate Artistic Director at The Hub Theatre in Reston; interned at Arena Stage; and served as Director of Development at the Maryland Shakespeare Festival.
Ms. Isaac succeeds Ricki Marion, the Company’s previous Executive Director who departed in July after three successful seasons. “I feel privileged to have played a part in BMD’s current success, and am excited to see Abigail make her mark on the organization,” said Mrs. Marion. “With Lucy Bowen McCauley’s creative energy; the wonderfully talented ensemble of dancers, designers, and musicians; highly-capable staff, and dedicated board I feel that the best is yet to come.”
“We are very excited to welcome Abigail to the Bowen McCauley team,” said Edwin Fountain, Chairman of Bowen McCauley Dance Board of Directors. “She has experience across all the aspects of the executive director position, a business background that will complement and support Lucy’s artistic vision and passion, and deep connections to the arts in the Washington area. We look forward to working with Abigail to further promote BMD’s dual mission of presenting world-class contemporary dance and making dance accessible to all parts of the community.”
Lucy adds, “I look forward to working with Abigail, who is such a dynamic, intelligent and accomplished woman. We welcome her leadership and I’m excited to see where we can take BMD together!”
Mr. Fountain stated that, “Abigail is a highly intelligent and motivated individual with a passion for bringing good business management to the arts. She has both experience in the arts world as well as front- and back-office experience across almost every aspect of the ED job description. Her references raved about her. In her interview she struck us as a steady, levelheaded person with a good interpersonal manner and many useful insights gathered from her array of experiences. She is excited about diving into a leadership role at an arts organization, and we are excited about having her on board.”
“I am thrilled to be joining an organization that creates innovative, professional art of the highest quality, while at the same time executes some of the strongest community engagement programs I’ve seen,” says Isaac. “And I truly feel that this is the position I’ve been working towards.”