Elizabeth Brodersen


Nonprofit executive Elizabeth Brodersen (she, her) has more than 25 years’ experience developing and managing original programs that activate the transformative power of art, amplifying marginalized voices and building partnerships that bring artists and communities together to advance social change. She has harnessed a wide range of skills in law, arts administration, education, fundraising, strategic planning, research, and writing in a lifelong effort to achieve a more compassionate and just society.

Brodersen began her career as a corporate attorney with a passion for the arts and human rights. Deciding to commit herself wholeheartedly to those causes, she played a key, long-term role in the artistic life of one of this country’s major regional theaters and training institutions—American Conservatory Theater. Appointed A.C.T.’s first Director of Education & Community Programs, she developed and expanded programs designed to make theater accessible to diverse Bay Area communities, ultimately serving 20,000 youth and adults each year. Brodersen also served on A.C.T.’s Artistic Team, helping to select plays for each subscription season, and was the founding editor of Words on Plays, the theater’s acclaimed in‐depth performance guide, which educated and enlightened audiences for 25 years.

Most recently, Brodersen served as Interim Executive & Co-Director of Southern Exposure, an artist-centered nonprofit gallery in San Francisco’s Mission District dedicated to supporting visual artists through innovative exhibitions and performances, public forums, and educational programs for local youth. She previously served as Executive Director of Creative Growth Art Center, a progressive studio and gallery for visual artists with developmental disabilities, whose work is featured in major museums, galleries, and private collections worldwide.

Brodersen has served as a national judge for the Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education, as a review panelist for the NEA Shakespeare in American Communities and the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Writers Corps Teaching Artist in Residence grants, on the Steering Committee of the Bay Area Arts Access Collaborative, and as co-chair of the San Francisco Bar Association’s International Human Rights Committee. She is a graduate of Princeton University (with honors) and the Columbia University School of Law and holds an honorary M.F.A. degree from the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program.

BASED IN San Francisco, ca
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