Brigitte Winter

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Executive Director                                                                                                  September 2012 - Present

  • Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT), Washington, DC
  • Acting Executive Director: June – September 2012
  • Deputy Director: July 2011 - June 2012
  • Development Director: July 2010 - June 2011
  • Development and Production Manager: July 2008 - June 2010
  • Producing Associate: September 2006 - June 2008

Major Accomplishments:

  • Within the first six months as Acting and then permanent Executive Director, implemented new fundraising strategies and earned income partnerships that moved YPT from a budgeted $70K deficit to a projected end-of-year surplus.
  • Led YPT to win the 2014 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, a prestigious and highly competitive annual award presented to a nonprofit in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that demonstrates outstanding organizational management and commitment to developing and sharing best practices with the nonprofit field.
  • Led YPT through the process of publishing the organization’s first nationally-available book, Write to Dream: A Collection of Plays by the Students of Young Playwrights’ Theater and the Tools to Turn Anyone into a Young Playwright.
  • Launched YPT’s first-ever programming outside the DC area in 2013, establishing the In-school Playwriting Program at Garcia Elementary School, a school serving a majority population of English language learners living below the poverty line in Hidalgo County, Southern Texas.
  • Led YPT through a 2012 strategic planning process resulting in the creation of the organization’s award-winning Dream Impact Map, a three-year planning tool laying out a deliberate path program expansion and directly tied to an ambitious fundraising campaign to increase YPT’s annual budget from $750K to $1 Million.
  • Secured a highly Competitive $50K “Do It” grant through the Theatre Communications Group, allowing YPT to implement the 524 Project in 2014, an innovative collaboration between YPT and Detroit-based InsideOut Literary Arts Project that used a new hybrid poetry/playwriting curriculum and Google Hangouts technology to connect a classroom of DC students with a classroom of Detroit students to create and share original work exploring and challenging the dominant narratives for their cities.
  • Invited to present findings from The 524 Project at national conferences including the 2014 TCG Conference in San Diego, California and the 2014 American Alliance for Theatre and Education Conference in Denver, Colorado.
  • While serving on YPT’s development staff, imagined and implemented fundraising initiatives toward a 40% increase in YPT’s annual budget over four years, growing YPT’s individual donor base by 300%, and established YPT’s first comprehensive communications program, including annual strategic communications, media relations and social media planning, implementation and measurement.
  • Dramaturged and directed student-written plays for the Express Tour, New Writers Now! and the annual New Play Festival.
  • Hired, managed and developed a thriving staff of managers, associates and contractors to support YPT’s growing communications, fundraising and programming departments and ensure long-term organizational sustainability.

Current Responsibilities:

Vision and Planning

  • Oversee and guide all aspects of YPT and lead strategic planning and decision-making.
  • Fundraise and safeguard the resources necessary to achieve YPT’s mission.
  • Represent YPT and raise the organization’s profile on local and national levels.
  • Oversee and plan for company infrastructure needs and points of growth.
  • Coordinate regularly with the Chair of the Board of Directors and Board Committee leadership to support board initiatives

Artistic Leadership

  •  Lead and oversee the artistic vision and implementation of the company, and oversee YPT’s company of artists, teaching artists and artist administrators
  • Direct short-term and long-term program planning, development and assessment.
  • Direct new plays for YPT productions.

Financial Management

  • Manage all company accounts and financial records, and monitor company cash flow.
  • Conduct regular meetings with bookkeeper and review and edit monthly financial reports.
  • Prepare for, oversee, review, edit and finalize annual audit.
  • Plan and implement annual budgeting process, with board of directors.

 Human Resources

  • Ensure the company has the necessary human resources to fulfill its mission, and hire and fire staff as necessary.
  • Direct daily supervision of staff, and implement regular consultations with staff on strategic or financial program, production, development and communications decisions.
  • Articulate staff job descriptions and conduct regular evaluations and coaching of staff.
  • Manage and grow a competitive staff benefits program.

 Development/Fundraising

  • Direct YPT’s annual fundraising strategy and implementation.
  • Develop and support a diverse fundraising portfolio of foundations, corporations, individuals, government entities and earned income partnerships and initiatives.
  • Serve on the Board Development Committee and support the Committee in creating and implementing new fundraising strategies.

Public Relations and Corporate Communications

  • Direct YPT’s annual public relations and communications strategy.
  • Direct and oversee company written and visual messaging and design.
  • Oversee public relations activities and build and maintain relationships with media contacts, members of the press and marketing partners.

Nonprofit Communications Consultant                                                                    September 2011 - Present

Georgetown University Center for Social Impact Communication

Alumni Instructor (September 2012 – Present)

  • Mentor and grade assignments for a cohort of graduating Masters students in Georgetown University’s Public Relations and Corporate Communications program as they complete their Capstone course, developing a comprehensive communications plan for a real client.
  • Mentor and grade assignments for burgeoning communications consultants participating in Georgetown’s Masters-level Cause Consulting class, guiding small groups of students through their first pro bono consulting project for DC-area nonprofits. Consulting projects to date include work with National Mentoring Month and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

Equality Maryland (May – August 2012)

  • Worked with Equality Maryland, Maryland’s largest LGBT civil rights group, to research and create a strategic communications plan to build on the momentum of the public excitement around the passage of the state marriage equality bill to sustain support for Equality Maryland beyond November 2012, with a particular focus on engaging supporters around the Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Bill.

Deloitte LLP and HandsOn Greater DC Cares (January – May 2012)

  • Researched and built a comprehensive strategic communications plan to define and elevate the brand of Mentoring Matters, a unique partnership between Deloitte LLP and HandsOn Greater DC Cares (HGDCC) that convenes a coalition of more than 34 mentoring organizations in the Washington, DC region to increase the organizations’ capacity, raise awareness for mentoring and recruit and engage mentors. Deloitte and HGDCC will use the plan to position the Mentoring Matters initiative as regional a model for corporate community investment.

Compass (September – December 2011)

  • Created and implemented communications tools and strategies to build a thriving volunteer community for Compass, a nonprofit organization delivering pro bono consulting services to DC area nonprofits.

Freelance Writer                                                                                                  April 2013-Present

Leadership Team Member, Columbia Writers, Columbia, MD  (April 2013-Present)                                                       

  • Lead and organize critique groups for local writers.
  • Plan and lead skills-based writing workshops for group members.
  • Support planning and publication of the group’s second anthology of short fiction, Trapped Tales, released in December 2014.
  • Plan and execute Columbia Writers events, including the group’s first annual writing retreat in January 2015, and the book release party for the group’s anthology, Trapped Tales.

 Copy Editor and Proofreader, Fantastic Books, New York, NY (October 2014-Present)

  • Copy-edit and proofread manuscripts for small press dedicated to publishing new and reprint speculative fiction.

 Published Works

  • “More.” In Trapped Tales, edited by Jennifer Michael: Columbia Writers, 2014.
  • “In-between.” In 101Fiction.com, edited by John Xero: 2014.
  • “Oblivion.” In Drabble Harvest #3, Tourism on Other Worlds, edited by Terrie Leigh Relf: Alban Lake Publishing, 2014.
  • “The Witching Hour.” In MicroHorror.com, edited by Nathan Rosen: 2014.

Artistic Director                                                                                                            July 2005 - July 2007

The Unmentionable Theatre, Baltimore, MD

  • Produced and directed new plays with social and political weight; within first year of service, guided the company from a budget deficit to a budget surplus.

Legislative Director                                                                                    January 2006 - September 2006

Maryland General Assembly, Annapolis, MD

  • Managed public relations, press conferences, speech writing, issue research and analysis, grassroots outreach and constituent relations for two state Delegates; supervised and managed two legislative interns.

Research/Organizing Assistant                                                                          June 2005 - January 2006

UFCW Local 1994, Gaithersburg, MD

  • Organized 180 transit employees in Montgomery County; campaigned for candidates in local elections and performed extensive labor research for future organizing campaigns.

 Newsletter Editor                                                                                                     June 2004 - March 2006

Progressive Maryland, Silver Spring, MD

  • Responsible for the conceptual development, writing and editing of Progressive Maryland’s weekly e-newsletter The Maryland Progressive; gathered current news content, wrote fresh content and action alerts and reached out to state lawmakers and progressive leaders for interviews and essays.

EDUCATION

Masters in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, 2012
Georgetown University, GPA: 4.0

*2012 Social Impact Award winner for demonstrated commitment to creating positive change as a communicator
*2013 Outstanding Student Award

Certificate, Nonprofit Management, 2008, Georgetown University

BFA, Theatre, 2005, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
GPA: 3.97, Summa cum Laude, UMBC University Fellow:  2001 – 2005

*Awarded the 2013 Oustanding Alumni of the Year by the UMBC Alumni Association