AATE Appoints New Executive Director
Friday, May 18, 2012
Posted by: Lynne Kingsley
The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) announced today the
appointment of Marcie Granahan as the association’s new Executive Director.
is the third executive director since the organization’s incorporation in 1987
and follows Lynne Kingsley who stepped down last month. Kingsley will continue
to serve the organization as a member and volunteer consultant.
Granahan, a certified association executive, has a 15-year
history of building strong, financially viable and nationally recognized associations.
Prior to joining AATE, she served for six years as the CEO
of the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, where she doubled
its operating budget through the expansion of educational offerings and
increased its presence at the state and national level. Her career also includes serving
as the Executive Director of the National Center for Responsible Gaming, as
Vice President of Communications for the American Chamber of Commerce
Executives, and seven years at the American Society of Association Executives
as Vice President of Member Resources and Strategic Relations, where she
expanded research capabilities, increased educational offerings, developed new
member services and programs and fostered strategic alliances and partnerships
that benefited the membership.
"Marcie has the combination of top-notch association
management skills with the passion for theatre and arts education that this
position needs. We are thrilled that she agreed to join us in our continued
desire to move AATE into the next 25 years of vibrant life,” says Daniel A.
Kelin II, AATE’s President.
Granahan has been a compelling spokesperson and advocate,
presenting at national and regional conferences, authoring numerous articles in
industry publications, testifying before the U.S. Congress and state
legislatures, participating in federal taskforces and research initiatives, and
representing the field in broadcast and print media.
Granahan resides in Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband of
19 years and their three children.
Her youngest, a child with learning differences, has benefitted greatly
from the performing and theatre arts.