WHARTON CENTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HONORED NATIONALLY
WHARTON CENTER’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MIKE BRAND RECEIVES NATIONAL BROADWAY LEAGUE AWARD
EAST LANSING, Mich. ― Mike Brand, executive director of Wharton Center for Performing Arts, was honored at this year’s Broadway League Conference in New York City with the Samuel J. L’Hommedieu Award. This is the highest award that can be given to an executive of a performing arts center affiliated with touring Broadway, and speaks volumes about Brand’s vision, leadership and respect within the industry.
The Samuel J. L’Hommedieu Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement among presenters, was given to Brand on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 for demonstrating excellence in management and leadership. At Michigan State University’s Wharton Center, Brand supervises a dedicated staff and oversees planning and programming a diverse season of entertainment in four venues: the Cobb Great Hall, Pasant Theatre, MSU Concert Auditorium and Fairchild Theatre. “I was surprised and honored to be presented with this prestigious award,” said Brand. “None of it would be possible without the amazing support I have received during my thirty-plus years in this industry, especially from the outstanding staff at Wharton Center.”
Brand has nearly 35 years of performing arts experience as a performer, teacher and presenter. He is the executive director of Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Prior to his appointment at Wharton Center, Brand served as a Regional Vice President for Clear Channel Entertainment, overseeing the Baltimore, Maryland and Minneapolis, Minnesota regional offices. From 1986 through 1994, he served as the First Vice President for programming and marketing at the Ordway Music Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Brand’s performing credits include 16 seasons performing trumpet with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as regular engagements with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. Brand held artist-in-residence contracts with Carleton College and St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Broadway League consists of 700-plus members, ranging from theatre owners and operators, to producers, presenters and general managers across North America. The League is dedicated to fostering increased interest in Broadway theatre, and the annual conference in NYC brings together industry professionals to learn, network and celebrate the arts.