Brad Erickson, the California Representative for Americans for the Arts will be at One Theatre World 2017 to give us an update on the state of federal funding for the Arts.
Brad Erickson serves as executive director for Theatre Bay Area, one of the nation’s largest regional performing arts service organizations, with more than 300 theatre and dance company members and some 2,200 individual members. For thirteen years, he has led the organization’s efforts to support, promote, and advocate for the region’s vibrant theatre and dance community. Under Erickson’s leadership, Theatre Bay Area has gained a national reputation for innovative programs and services for the field. Theatre Bay Area’s nationwide study on the intrinsic impact of the theatre experience on the audience is a leading example. Erickson serves as treasurer of Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates and as California State Captain for Americans for the Arts. In 2016 he received the Alene Valkanas Awards for Statewide Arts Advocacy from Americans for the Arts. Also a playwright, his plays have won several awards and have been produced in theatres from San Francisco to Indianapolis. Erickson received a BFA in Acting from the Goodman School of Drama (now The Theatre School) at DePaul University.