Kim Gutfreund joined Dance Kaleidoscope as Executive Director in June 2021. Kim has more than twenty-five years of nonprofit leadership experience, serving as executive director of Jackson School of the Arts in Michigan and as the founding executive director of Peter Sparling Dance Co. in Ann Arbor. As executive director of the school of the arts for 16 years, Kim was a driving force behind the tremendous growth of the organization and the community's arts and cultural sector. She positioned the organization as a leading provider of accessible arts education and developed a public-private partnership with the City of Jackson to relocate the organization downtown to support organizational growth and the city's economic developments. At the school of the arts, she planned and managed the capital campaign to transform the historic Masonic Temple into a center for the arts, and when she arrived at Dance Kaleidoscope, with the Board and David Hochoy, completed the $2 million capital campaign to create an artistic home for the company.
Ms. Gutfreund has been active in volunteer activities and has served on numerous boards. Most recently she served as Chair of the Jackson Public Arts Commission and on the board of the Arts and Cultural Alliance, Business and Professional Women, the Jackson Symphony Guild and was a frequent panelist for the Michigan Arts and Culture Council. She also served 6 years on the Board of Directors of Classic Turning, Inc., a manufacturing company that specializes in machining precision components for the aerospace, medical, defense, precision industrial and high performance automotive industries where she led marketing and customer service initiatives.
After graduating from Valdosta State University with a BA in English, she worked in advertising and public relations in New York City and then at the American Express Foundation in the international philanthropic department.
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Lighting Designer and Production Manager
Laura E. Glover, Lighting Designer/Production Manager, in her 31sth season with DK, owns international acclaim for her lighting with Dance Kaleidoscope, Ballets de San Juan, Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre and Taylor 2. Ms. Glover is also the Resident Lighting Designer for the Phoenix Theatre, a company member of the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company as well as having lighted productions for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Time For Three, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Butler Ballet, and the Indianapolis Men's Chorus. Her dance lighting includes over 100 world premieres and the reconstruction of the lighting of Jean Rosenthal, Thomas Skelton, Jennifer Tipton, and David Finley. Ms. Glover was awarded a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis in 2001 and 2019, and holds an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from SUNY Purchase, where she studied with Brian MacDevitt and William Mintzer.