Richard Bryant Bio

Richard T. Bryant

Performing arts promoter and manager, Richard T. Bryant, brings to Front of House Services a wealth of practical experience with venues across the country and artists from around the world.
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With degrees in theater and English from the University of Virginia, Mr. Bryant began his career with prominent American theater companies including Washington DC’s Arena Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. During his seven years with Arena Stage, he was also a founding member of the board and the first president of The Helen Hayes Awards.

In 1987, Mr. Bryant joined California’s 2,900-seat Orange County Performing Arts Center, where he worked for nearly a decade promoting international touring dance, Broadway-style musicals, jazz, symphonic music, opera, and children’s festivals.

From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Bryant served as vice president of marketing and public relations for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where he created and executed inaugural marketing and communications strategies for the Center’s opening. Drawing from that experience, he founded Bryant Associates LLC, an independent consulting company that specializes in startups and transitions in the performing and visual arts.

Over the past 11 years, Mr. Bryant has led the creation of “launch plans” for California’s Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis; Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; Dance Theater Workshop’s Doris Duke Performance Center in New York City; New Jersey’s Two River Theater Company; and Pennsylvania’s Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts, where Mr. Bryant also served as CEO.

For the 2000-2001 season, Richard Bryant served as principal marketing consultant for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts during its management transition, directing all advertising, promotions, and publications for Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra events. ArtsBA Group also promoted ABT engagements at the Metropolitan Opera House and City Center. Other clients have included the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, California’s Opera Pacific, New York’s Theatre Development Fund, and Yale University’s Peabody Museum.

Mr. Bryant has also served as Chief Member Officer for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (2008-2009) and taught audience development for museums and galleries for at New York University’s School of Art and Arts Professions (1998-2001). He currently guest lectures for the new arts administration program at the University of Virginia.

Richard Bryant is married to Mary McDermid Bryant. The couple has three grown sons.