Robin Gillette has been working in the nonprofit arts world since 1990, ever since she graduated from Carleton College with a psychology degree that’s been surprisingly useful. What started as a career in stage management in Minneapolis and New York evolved into work as an off-Broadway general manager, a production coordinator for the Lincoln Center Festival, and Associate Producer of Contemporary Programming at Lincoln Center. She returned to Minneapolis in late 2001 where she continues to make her home and career. From 2006-2013, she served as executive director of Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Midwest’s largest uncurated performance festival. She founded Arts Progress in 2013 and has been helping arts organizations and individual artists more efficiently fulfill their mission ever since.
Jeff Larson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota theater program, the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, and the Carlson School of Management, cobbling together a degree in arts administration before anyone offered such a thing. He’s spent the last 20 years working in Twin Cities theater, including time at the Guthrie, Children’s Theater Company, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the Walker Art Center and the Southern Theater, and most recently as executive director of the Minnesota Fringe. Jeff specializes in database design and integration, marketing, and process improvement for time savings and happy offices. He also builds the occasional website, including the one you’re looking at right now.