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A new signature event
for the Creative Capital!
June 11-14, 2015
Discover the city center as
it comes to life with firsts
in arts, music and spectacle
Experience an extravaganza of
performances & installations
throughout the city
Save the date: June 11-14
2015 Providence International
Arts Festival
Coming next: World Premiere
Lostwax Multimedia Dance
Artistic Icons Series
at The Vets: Mummenschanz,
Philip Glass, & Noche Flamenca
connecting art with audiences
in Providence, Rhode Island
FirstWorks Arts-Learning
introduces Regina Carter
to Rhode Island music students
FirstWorks Arts-Learning
Jazz at Lincoln Center
connect students to The Jazz Age
Enrich the lives of children
Join our FirstWorks friends
with a pledge to our Annual Fund
who we are
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Kathleen Pletcher
Executive Artistic Director
Kathleen Pletcher founded FirstWorks in 2004, transforming the one-night First Night Providence festival into a year-round performing arts and educational organization. With over 25 years experience as an entrepreneur, Kathleen has founded three non-profit arts organizations and formed strategies for organizations across the US. As a presenter, she has developed projects with creative pioneers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Kronos Quartet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, linking performances of new work with community engagement across Rhode Island. As a curator, she has participated in numerous international tours, forging relationships with artists in Taiwan, Indonesia, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Mexico and France.
Peter Bramante
Managing Director
Peter brings with him strong leadership, strategic skills and over 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector as an executive, manager, artist and educator. Prior to joining FirstWorks, Peter served as the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island (A&BC;/RI). Under his leadership the organization expanded local programs and services, created innovative audience development tools and broadened the scope of nationally funded resources aimed at building Rhode Island’s cultural capitol. His interest and ideas around connecting arts to business practices and civic life have been presented at panels for Americans for the Arts, The National Arts Marketing Conference and The Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations. An advocate for experiential, arts-based learning, Peter has held adjunct and associate professorships at Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island College and Connecticut College where he received an MFA in Dance Science and Performance studies and while enrolled through a full fellowship.
Annette Robinson
Associate Director for Administration
Annette produced First Night Providence through 12 festivals as Associate Director. Before joining FirstWorks, she was Human Resources Manager for Sodexho School Services.
Isabelle Tadmoury
Development Manager
Isabelle Tadmoury comes to FirstWorks after 15 years in corporate communications. Her most recent role was Director of Communications for Europe, Middle-East and Africa at Nortel, the former Canadian telecommunication giant. Her background spans marketing, branding, PR, employee and customer relations. She spent the last 10 years in Paris, France but she has also worked in Boston and London. Isabelle is responsible for building FirstWorks donor base, coordinating fundraising efforts, providing key support for the Annual Fund campaign, sponsor fulfillment, and evaluation as well as managing the complete grant writing process.
Betsy Skoda
Business Operations Manager
Betsy Skoda comes to FirstWorks with a background in nonprofit management, policy development and advocacy, marketing, and event planning. She received a B.A. from Middlebury College and earned a Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington. Prior to joining FirstWorks, Betsy was Managing Director of Washington State Public Health Association, an affiliate of the American Public Health Association.
Meredith Cutler
Marketing Manager
Meredith brings to FirstWorks over 15 years of experience in brand marketing, public relations and creative project management within the non-profit, higher education, consumer electronics and entertainment industries. Also a visual artist, Meredith co-founded the 9yds. art collaborative, which produced multimedia arts events and exhibitions throughout greater Boston from 1998-2002. Her collaborative and solo work has been featured at the BCA Mills Gallery, Allston Skirt Gallery, Zeitgeist Gallery, Wheaton College and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery at Skidmore College, where she received her B.S. in Studio Art. Meredith is also a contributing writer for artscope magazine, (New England's Culture Magazine), covering the region's visual arts news since 2008.
Kathleen McAreavey
Education & Community Coordinator
Kathleen McAreavey received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Providence College and studied the history and conservation of textiles in the Master's Program at the University of Rhode Island. For the past twenty years she has worked in both corporate and non-profit management; specializing in cultural humanities, historic preservation education, and curricula development.
Michelle Salgueiro
Production Coordinator
Michelle has been thriving in production and stage management since 2000. She received her B.A. in both Dance Performance and Technical Theatre from Rhode Island College, where she was a member of the RIC Dance Company. She went on to be a Production Assistant for the Trinity Repertory Company and the Assistant Stage Manager/Props Coordinator for Opera Providence’s Don Pasquale. For two seasons, Michelle was the Production Stage Manager for Newport’s Island Moving Company. During that time, she had the utmost pleasure of being the PSM for New York choreographer Lance Gries’ The Fifty Project and the 2011 remount of Lance’s Bessie Award winning performance of Etudes of an Astronaut. Michelle’s Stage Management credits include Spindle City Ballet’s Nutcracker Ballet since 2002, Carolyn Dutra Dance School since 2010, Providence Ballet’s One of Twelve, Aerplaye’s Return and four seasons as the Resident Stage Manager of the RIC Dance Company. When not running stages, you can find Michelle working as the Sample Coordinator for Hasbro Inc., or rocking her bass guitar.

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