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Management Team

James L. 'Lynn' Singleton

PRESIDENT

 

Lynn Singleton joined the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC, ppacri.org) as President in 1983, transforming it from near bankruptcy to one of the premier not-for-profit theatres in North America. Over his tenure, PPAC’s number of events has more than tripled and attendance has increased more than 5 times to over 250,000 annually. As a result of Lynn’s vision and successful fundraising, PPAC has been restored to its historic splendor through more than $20 million in investments. Significantly, by expanding the stage, Lynn opened the gateway to presenting blockbuster shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King, Wicked and Jersey Boys.

PPAC has opened 21 national tours since 2008, including The Phantom of the Opera (2013), Les Misérables (2017), and Tina (2022). With Pretty Woman (2021), PPAC opened not only the tour but its own doors after its pandemic closure, announcing that both PPAC and Broadway were back! With PPAC’s impact on the state’s economy demonstrated, Lynn successfully sought to make Rhode Island only the second state in the nation to expand its film tax credit to include the opening of pre- and post-Broadway national tours.

Under Lynn’s leadership, PPAC has received many accolades. The Center has twice been voted the top 3,000-seat theatre in the nation by Performance Magazine (1985, 1987). As co-producer and investor with the Independent Presenters Network, PPAC has received Tony Awards for Best Musical for Moulin Rouge! The Musical (2021), The Band’s Visit (2017), Dear Evan Hansen (2016), Kinky Boots (2013), and Once (2011) and for “Best Musical Revival” for Oklahoma! (2019), as well as the Olivier Award for Best New Musical (2020) for Dear Evan Hansen.

For these and other contributions to Rhode Island, Lynn has thrice been named a “Driving Force” in the Rhode Island business community by Providence Business News, most recently in 2021. Additionally, he received the John Hazen White, Sr. Leadership in the Arts Award from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra (2018), Trinity Repertory Company’s Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts (2012), and the inaugural City of Providence Renaissance Award for Highest Achievement in the Arts.

In 1988, Lynn was the founding President and CEO of Professional Facilities Management, Inc. (PFM, pfmcorp.com), a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of the Providence Performing Arts Center. Today, PFM has national management and/or booking contracts with 9 facilities in 5 states, presenting a combined total of 1,200 national and international cultural and contemporary performances and attractions annually. Their 2,700-seat theatre in Durham, North Carolina was named the Theater of the Year (2018) by the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA), a leading trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals.

A member of the Broadway League, Lynn received their Samuel J. L’Hommedieu Award for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management (2004). As a member of the League’s Government Relations Committee, Lynn helped craft and lobby for the passage of the Save Our Stages legislation, resulting in the Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG) program.

Lynn is a voting member of the Tony Awards. After being nominated for a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical Category (1999) for Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby, he received an Emmy Award for Best Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program for A&E’s presentation, also starring Ms. Rigby.

Alan Chille

Vice President

Executed restoration of national historic theatre. Lead theatrical consultant in new 2,800-seat theatre in Durham, North Carolina. Member of the Providence Design Review Commission (maintaining the historical integrity in architectural projects throughout the downtown community).

Donna Santos

Vice President of Ticketing Services

Responsible and accountable for the entire in-house Box Office and subscription operation of all PFM facilities. Responsible for start-up, implementation, and upgrades of all ticketing operations.

Judy Ferreira

CFO

As CFO, Ferreira will lead and manage PPAC and PFM’s finance departments. She will execute the organizations financial strategies and regularly report to Singleton and the PPAC and PFM board of directors on financial developments

Amanda Bonafine

Director of Concerts

Negotiates, contracts and schedules performances in the multiple PFM venues in the disciplines of contemporary concerts, comedy, dance, classical, family and education.

Janice Anderson

Director of Theatrical Programming

Schedules all Broadway Series across multiple PFM venues. Negotiates, contracts, and schedules performances in Theatrical, Family and Education.

Anthony Mylers

Director Of IT Services

As the Director of IT Services, Mylers oversees and manages the design, implementation, and security of PPAC’s and PFM’s IT infrastructures.

Ricky Gresh

Director of Special Projects / Assistant to the President

Provides PFM Corporate staff administrative support; coordinates and prepares responses to requests for proposals received for new management projects.