Torrie Allen is a passionate and skilled arts and broadcast media leader recognized by the Paul Allen Foundation for creative and resourceful leadership. He has more than 30 years wide-ranging experience in the performing arts including production, fundraising, donor stewardship, capital campaigns, organizational and divisional leadership, adjudication and performance, marketing, budgeting and personnel management.
He currently serves as the Director of Development at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He was chief officer of development and marketing at Alaska Public Media from 2012 to 2016 and executive and artistic director of Anchorage Opera from 2006 to 2012. Prior to joining Anchorage Opera, he served as the director of the National Patrons Council at Americans for the Arts.
Allen has served as a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wallace Foundation. Also, he has provided volunteer leadership support for numerous organizations including the World Affairs Council (Alaska), University of Alaska Advisory Board, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Community Commander Program, Arts & Business Council of New York, American Repertory Ballet, Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Alaska Chamber Singers, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage Symphony, Miss Alaska Scholarship Foundation and Alaska State Council on the Arts.
His professional performance credits include Opéra National de Paris; Teatro Real Madrid; Bregenz Festpiel. Austria; Rudolfinum, Prague; Carnegie Hall; St. Petersburg State Symphony, Russia; Metropolitan Opera (Guild) and the Aspen Music Festival.
Allen holds degrees from UCLA and the Boston Conservatory. He has completed chief executive education programs at Harvard Business School, University of Michigan and University of Texas at Austin.
Torrie’s Monday Session:
Leading with the Creative Mindset: Creativity and How It Boosts Success
Torrie will explore prevailing thoughts about creativity and provide insight on how and why to adopt the creative mindset.
Creativity is an essential component to growth, problem solving and reaching our varied communities. It is a necessary tool to develop alongside analytics and statistics. A creative mindset can help develop greater definition, and articulate your nonprofit’s message across a broader demographic. It can supercharge the workplace, boosting performance and your competitive edge.
In this session, Torrie will offer several ways to help you access your creativity and apply it to your organization’s success:
- Learn how to invoke the spirit of creativity in your workplace using simple exercises which allow you and your team to transform thoughts into tangible actions.
- Learn how to trust your inner creative spark and allow it to infuse your organization by leading through example.
- Cultivate an atmosphere of collaboration and inclusion through listening.
- Commit to dedicating time to creative release for your organization. Invest in your team through ongoing dialogue and engagement.
This is an enlightening call to action to nonprofit administrators to transform their approach to work challenges by growing and nourishing their own inner creative powers.
Torrie Allen, Director of Development, Oregon Shakespeare Festival