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About Front of House
Richard T. Bryant, President

Front of House Services provides planning, management, marketing, programming, and fundraising services for the arts and other creative businesses. The company has broad experience in board development, presenting and education programs, research, financial projections, promotion, and other practical tools that advance, sustain, and strengthen the arts, local neighborhoods, and host communities.

Front of House Services has played a central role in the emergence of New Jersey’s Valley Arts District as one the State’s top creative places. The rapidly growing programs there include a theater company, galleries, a teen arts center, artist live/work spaces, weekend arts academies, annual festivals, and other arts and community events. Under Richard Bryant’s leadership, ValleyArts was recently awarded a prestigious ArtPlace grant, one of 31 nationwide out of 1300 applicants.

After helping to open the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in 1998 as its first vice president of marketing and public relations, Richard Bryant founded Front of House Services, to help with start-ups and transitions in the performing and visual arts; provide outsourced arts management; and lead creative placemaking efforts.

Front of House Services  recently helped complete plans to advance arts-driven economic development along the rail corridor that links the three New Jersey cities of Woodbridge, Avenel, and Rahway. Mr. Bryant is currently Arts Adviser to Cooper’s Ferry Partnership in Camden NJ, where this summer he is producing concerts and other events in public parks. He is also chairman of the board of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and serves on the advisory boards for Creative New Jersey and the Urban Essex Coalition for Smart Growth.

For Rahway’s Hamilton Stage, Front of House Services developed the strategic operating plans, raised operating funds, and directed the launch of the inaugural season. In addition to its work in New Jersey, Front of House Services sustains a national consulting practice. Ricard Bryant currently advises Southern California’s Chapman University on March 2016 launch of its new $85-million Musco Center for the Arts. He recently created a strategic marketing plan for San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum and advised Stanford University on the opening of its Bing Concert Hall. Other national clients have included American Ballet Theatre, The Kennedy Center, New York’s Theater Development Fund, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Yale University, and University of California at Davis. Previously Mr. Bryant served for ten years as director of marketing and communications for Southern California’s Orange County Performing Arts Center (now Segerstrom Center). He was also director of marketing for Washington DC’s Arena Stage for seven years and a founding member and first President of the Helen Hayes Awards.