Chief Operations Officer
Jacquie oversees the facilities, production, security, events and catering, and patron services departments and manages Overture’s relationship with its 10 resident organizations.
Jacquie joined Overture Center (then the Madison Civic Center) in 1992 as the house manager of the Oscar Mayer Theater. Over the years, she gained responsibility for events and catering, created a new in-house security team, took over resident company responsibilities and, in the vice president role, added the facilities and production departments. Jacquie played an integral role in opening the new Overture Center facility in 2004 by establishing operating policies and procedures, functional capacities, usage parameters and training programs for front-of-house operations, security and rental services. She considers her role in opening Overture Center one of her greatest professional accomplishments.
Her career in the arts began as the marketing director of New American Theater in Rockford, Ill. As a member of the International Association of Venue Managers, Jacquie has expanded her venue management and leadership skills by attending Venue Management School, Graduate Institute and Senior Executive Symposium, professional education programs for venue managers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jacquie finds joy in singing and, as a gardener, appreciates art found in nature. When feeling adventurous, she enjoys exploring the country with her husband on the back of his motorcycle―the two have worked together at Overture for nearly 30 years and, fortunately, still enjoy spending time together.
Chief Development and Communications Officer
Emily manages external relations and leads fundraising efforts for the organization while overseeing institutional communications. With nearly 20 years of nonprofit executive leadership experience, Emily understands how to build effective fundraising teams and a culture of philanthropy to advance organizational missions. Prior to joining Overture Center in 2019, she led the development teams at Children’s Theater of Madison, Madison Youth Choirs, Janesville Performing Arts Center and UW-Whitewater Foundation.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Art degree in theatre arts from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has shared her knowledge of nonprofit leadership, strategic planning and fundraising as a guest speaker at University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College.
Emily believes collaboration within our community benefits us all. She is active with the Rotary of Madison, Downtown Club; Downtown Madison, Inc., Quality of Life Committee and Equity Task Force; Vantage Point; Madison Youth Arts Center Search Committee, Chair; Association of Fundraising Professionals; and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Non-Profit Leadership Advisory Committee.
Emily has been passionate about the arts in all forms since she was a child, and she continues to dabble in visual arts today. She formerly played the French horn and piano and earned an acting specialization in college. Despite not acting in a show since her 20s, youth theater will always hold a special place in her heart. Emily proudly served as one of the original reviewers of the Jerry Awards for the first three years of the program.
DR. ED HOLMES
Chief Equity and Innovation Officer
Ed provides leadership, innovation and vision to promote diversity and inclusion among all constituents of Overture Center. He serves as the liaison for advocacy with community-based organizations and works collaboratively with management to advance equity, inclusion and diversity as a core institutional value.
Since joining Overture in 2016, Ed has led outreach efforts to diverse communities, helped to generate new funds for diversity and inclusion initiatives, and developed new programming opportunities. He was instrumental in bringing the State of Wisconsin Black Women’s Leadership Conference, Goodman Community Center International Women’s Day Countywide Celebration and the Madison 365 Statewide Leadership Summit to Overture. He has coordinated extensive outreach and engagement experiences for diverse communities and developed internship opportunities, EDI training and the Arts Career Exploration Spotlight program. He also oversees the Employee Inclusion Council and Organizational Culture Committee.
Ed holds a PhD in educational leadership and policy analysis, a Master of Science degree in social work and a Bachelor of Art degree in English and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a teaching certification and formerly served as principal at Madison’s West High School for a decade.
Ed is an advisor for Roots to Rise and coach for NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics and serves on the UW-Madison Board of Visitors for the School of Education.
He enjoys directing, acting and voice over work, and he has led introductory acting workshops. Ed expresses his creativity through MCM wrought iron restoration and woodworking.
Chief Artistic Experiences Officer
Tim oversees the artistic experiences department, which includes programming, education and engagement, marketing and ticketing. Since joining Overture Center in 2008, Tim has been responsible for programming Broadway at Overture, Overture Presents and other ticketed performances.
Under Tim’s leadership, Overture expanded its Broadway series from split-weeks to seven full-week engagements, Overture Presents from 20-25 to 40-45 shows per season and education and engagement programs from 10 to more than 20 unique programs. Tim was integral in creating national partnerships with Broadway League, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child, National High School Musical Theater Awards, Disney Musicals in Schools and Theater Network.
Tim has worked with various organizations in program development and grant development, conducted numerous workshops and presentations, and served on panels and committees for the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Arts Midwest, Indiana Arts Council, Nevada Arts Council, the Chicago Park District and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. He continues to share his expertise and passion for the arts through his participation in Madison’s Central Business Improvement District’s Activation and Programming Committee, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Broadway League, International Performing Arts for Youth and Wisconsin Presenters Network. He also serves as on-air host for “Better Living Through Showtunes” on WORT FM.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and theatre arts from Susquehanna University of Pennsylvania and Master of Arts degrees in theatre from Michigan State University and interdisciplinary arts from Columbia College Chicago.
A former performer, theater director and theater critic, Tim sees hundreds of shows each year, which also makes him a professional audience member. A farm boy from Pennsylvania, Tim can milk a cow and drive a tractor, two skills which, surprisingly, have not been put into much use since moving to Wisconsin.
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Business Officer
Chris oversees all financial, human resources and general business aspects of Overture. This includes developing budgets and strategic plans to ensure the long-term financial health of the organization, overseeing the annual financial audit and tax return preparation process, developing a multi-year capital budget, and overseeing legal, insurance and other risk management strategies. He serves as the direct contact to Overture’s Board chairperson, executive committee and finance and audit committees.
Starting his role at Overture as accounting manager in 2016, he learned the financial impact of the day-to-day operations and oversaw much of the daily transactional activity. His knowledge as a Certified Public Accountant working on the audits of other not-for-profit organizations served him well given the unique nature of not-for-profit accounting. He was promoted to CFO in 2018, at which time he began to oversee all financial processes and systems and has grown in his role in handling the other business aspects, including important relationships with legal counsel, insurance and other advisors, and the City of Madison.
Before joining Overture, Chris worked in public accounting at CPA firms in Madison, first at Grant Thornton for nearly seven years, followed by nearly nine years at Smith & Gesteland. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Chris once played a musical instrument, but now as an adult would rather attend live music performances. He says there is nothing he loves more than being outside at a live concert during the summer in Wisconsin.