About Benvenuti Arts

 

Benvenuti Arts is a small and mighty team, just like yours. Headed by Founder, Sarah Benvenuti, Benvenuti Arts brings together expertise in fundraising, management, producing, administration, marketing, sales, and more. What this means is if you have a need, chances are, we have a solution.

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Sarah Benvenuti, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Benvenuti has worked in arts and culture for over 15 years, gaining experience across the country in theater, dance, film, education, and other cultural fields. She has worked with over 100 small arts organizations and individual artists, assisting them with fundraising, financial, administrative, planning, and interim needs.

Benvenuti began her career as Director of Future Tenant in Pittsburgh, PA. Before founding Benvenuti Arts, she served as Special Events Manager of Arena Stage in Washington, DC; Managing Director of Curious Theater Company in Denver, Colorado; and Director of Development and Interim Managing Director of The Civilians in Brooklyn, NY. Having consulted with small organizations and individual artists since 2011, she founded Benvenuti Arts in 2014 with the goal of helping small and mighty organizations build up the operational support needed to create and produce their work.

Benvenuti earned her B.M. in Music Education (piano and voice) from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, and her M.A. in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

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She has served on the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Association Board in Denver, CO; on the Carnegie Mellon Heinz College Alumni Association Board; and was Chair of the Future Tenant Alumni Association, based out of Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.

Benvenuti has participated in the Arts Leadership Institute of the New York Arts and Business Council and Impact Denver of the Denver Metro Chamber, and was an inaugural Emerging Leaders of New York Arts Fellow. She has been a guest lecturer for arts administration courses at Bard College, St. Lawrence University, and Mercyhurst University. She has sat on a number of grants and conference panels concerning arts management, real estate, emerging leadership, and creative partnerships.

Sarah is a digital nomad, based out of Pittsburgh, PA, and Brooklyn, NY.  

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Administration/Leadership

Julie Hord | Benvenuti ArtsJulie Hord, Deputy Director (she/her) has worked in the arts, culture, and wellness industries for the past 10 years. She began her career as a Development Associate at Future Tenant, a space for emerging, alternative artists in Pittsburgh, PA. A year later, she and Sarah Benvenuti forged their personal and professional relationship serving as co-Directors at Future Tenant. Julie would go on to serve as Communications Officer for the world renowned Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE and Marketing Manager for Las Vegas’ professional ballet company, Nevada Ballet Theatre.

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While in Las Vegas, Julie entered the wellness industry by way of her love of Bikram Yoga. Having started practicing back in Omaha, she developed a deeper understanding and appreciation for the yoga in Las Vegas. She began teaching in June 2010 after completing Bikram Yoga Teacher training, and continues her teaching career to this day. In addition to teaching, Julie has managed two Bikram studios over the past eight years in Las Vegas and Reston, VA.

Currently, Julie is a trustee in the Washington DC chapter of the Awesome Foundation, which awards monthly grants to individuals and their projects that aim to make DC just a little more awesome. She joined Benvenuti Arts in early 2016. Julie earned her B.A. in Communication Studies from Furman University, with a focus in persuasive speech, and her M.A. in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She is classically-trained on the french horn. Julie lives in Reston, Virginia with her husband, son and lovable dog.

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Alli Knapp, Director of Operations and Human Resources (they/them), has worked in operations, event management, advocacy, and nonprofit administration for over 15 years. Alli has served on staff with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Youth Collaboratory, Disability Rights PA, PA Care Partnership, and Youth and Family Training Institute. They have held leadership and/or board positions with Foster Care Alumni of America – PA Chapter, Proud Haven, Youth MOVE National, Peer Support Advocacy Network, PA Youth Congress, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Advisory Committee. Alli is originally from the small rural community of Piketown, PA – which is just outside of Hershey. Alli lives in the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where they are the founding chairperson of a new holiday-focused nonprofit organization and where they manage events at a local “watering hole”.

Adriana Rossetto, Senior Consultant (she/her) is a multi-hyphenated third culture kid with a predilection for raw, socially progressive art with avant-garde esthetics. Born in Mexico from Brazilian parents, she grew up between Italy and the States. She graduated from Bocconi University (Milan) with a Bachelor in International Economics, Management and Finance.  In New York, she attended The Stella Adler Conservatory program, class of 2014. Recent credits include Rocco Chelsea Adriana Sean Claudia Gianna Alex at HERE Arts Center (NYC) and Title Point’s Post:Death (directed by Theresa Buchheister) at The Brick Theatre (BK). Adriana is a resident actress and Director of Development at John Gould Rubin’s The Private Theatre, company artist and board member at Vieve Price’s TEA. Past training include the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) and NIDA (Sydney).

Associate Consultants

Candace Tabbs, Associate Consultant (she/her) is a performer, writer, creator and facilitator of movement-based practices including choreography, improvisation, movement as self-care and movement as social justice for movers and thinkers of all ages and abilities. She has performed at venues such as BAM Opera House and Lincoln Center, as well as internationally in Toronto, Canada and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Recently, she was the recipient of a 2019 Pepatián Dance Your Future Residency and premiered her first evening-length work “coming toward” at BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance). Candace is also an ACE certified Personal Trainer and fitness instructor with over a decade in the fitness industry and earned a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from Barnard College. Deepening her practices around self and community care, Candace shares energy healing work rooted in embodied listening as a certified Reiki practitioner. This passion for supporting the visions of others lead to working as a freelance editor for writers in all stages of their creative process. Candace is excited to join the Benvenuti Arts team. PC: Charles McCain

Anna Holmquist, Associate Consultant (she/her) is a fundraising professional based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Anna splits her time between Benvenuti Arts and Liz Lange Consulting, a fundraising consultancy located in her hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska. Anna is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, where she earned her Master of Arts in Public Administration. Prior to joining Benvenuti Arts, Anna worked with the Center for Philanthropy at the Pittsburgh Foundation and assisted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nebraska’s campaign to protect the voting rights of incarcerated Nebraskans.

Operations

Alicia Olivo, Membership and Operations Coordinator (she/her) is a Mexican American playwright based in Houston, Texas. Alicia is currently part of the 2021-2022 Rec Room Writers Group cohort and the 2022 The Citadel of Playwrights cohort. Alicia was recently part of Company One Theater’s 2021 C1 PlayLab Circuit Volt Lab, The Workshop Theater’s Spring 2021 Workshop Intensive, as well as the 2020 AlterLab First Acts cohort with AlterTheater Ensemble in San Rafael, California. Alicia’s plays have been developed and received readings with Company One Theater, The Workshop Theater, Teatro Chelsea, Telatúlsa Theater Company, AlterTheater Ensemble, The Inkwell Theater, and Wellesley College. Alicia holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies and Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies from Wellesley College.

Alyona Solovyova, Administrative and Operations Coordinator (she/her) is a cultural and innovation manager. After graduation with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management of Organizations, Alyona gained experience working as an analyst in a small consulting company. After she worked in the fashion industry, helped to build business processes and develop an ethical clothing brand (Only Me). Alyona loves working on the development of cultural startups — she participated in the creation of a startup called EU1697 in Amsterdam. She also created her start-up as part of Almacube in Bologna. Alyona lives in Italy, where graduating with her Master in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts in University of Bologna.

Interns

Rebecca Mastrorocco, Summer Intern (she/her) has worked in live events organization and promotion, fine arts workshops and film industry productions. After obtaining her bachelor in Ethnomusicology and Global Popular Music in London – UK, she worked as music journalist for Rhythm Passport magazine, event promoter in London’s vibrant world music scene, and behind the Netflix series ‘The Crown’. She recently joined Benvenuti Arts as their intern, while graduating in Bologna with her Master in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts.

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We Work Everywhere

Though based in Pittsburgh, Benvenuti Arts works in your community. With clients from California to New York, Louisiana to Idaho, we have a wealth of experience with nonprofit needs in communities across the country. We work with you to adapt our strategies to your needs, working on site or online, to keep overhead low and quality high.

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Our Staff

Sarah Benvenuti, Founder & Lead Consultant

Sarah Benvenuti has worked in arts and culture for over a decade, gaining experience across the country in theater, dance, film, education, and other cultural fields. She has worked with over 40 small arts organizations and individual artists, assisting them with fundraising, financial, administrative, planning, and interim needs.

Benvenuti began her career as Director of Future Tenant in Pittsburgh, PA. Before founding Benvenuti Arts, she served as Special Events Manager of Arena Stage in Washington, DC; Managing Director of Curious Theater Company in Denver, Colorado; and Director of Development and Interim Managing Director of The Civilians in Brooklyn, NY. Having consulted with small organizations and individual artists since 2011, she founded Benvenuti Arts in 2014 with the goal of helping small and mighty organizations build up the operational support needed to create and produce their work.

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Benvenuti earned her B.M. in Music Education (piano and voice) from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, and her M.A. in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has served on the Golden Triangle Neighborhood Association Board in Denver, CO and on the Carnegie Mellon Heinz College Alumni Association Board. She is currently the Chair of the Future Tenant Alumni Association, based out of Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.

Benvenuti has participated in the Arts Leadership Institute of the New York Arts and Business Council and Impact Denver of the Denver Metro Chamber, and was an inaugural Emerging Leaders of New York Arts Fellow. She has been a guest lecturer for arts administration courses at Bard College, St. Lawrence University, and Mercyhurst University. She has sat on a number of grants and conference panels concerning arts management, real estate, emerging leadership, and creative partnerships. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, but travels frequently, meeting artists and friends around the world.

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Associate Consultants

Julie Hord | Benvenuti ArtsJulie Hord (Grant Writer/Associate Consultant) has worked in the arts, culture, and wellness industries for the past 10 years. She began her career as a Development Associate at Future Tenant, a space for emerging, alternative artists in Pittsburgh, PA. A year later, she and Sarah Benvenuti forged their professional and personal relationship serving as co-Directors at Future Tenant. Julie would go on to serve as Communications Officer for the world renowned Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE and Marketing Manager for Las Vegas’ professional ballet company, Nevada Ballet Theatre.

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While in Las Vegas, Julie entered the wellness industry by way of her love of Bikram Yoga. Having started practicing back in Omaha, she developed a deeper understanding and appreciation for the yoga in Las Vegas. She began teaching in June 2010 after completing Bikram Yoga Teacher training, and continues her teaching career to this day. In addition to teaching, Julie has managed two Bikram studios over the past eight years in Las Vegas and Reston, VA.Currently, Julie is a trustee in the Washington DC chapter of the Awesome Foundation, which awards monthly grants to individuals and their projects that aim to make DC just a little more awesome. She joined Benvenuti Arts in early 2016. Julie earned her B.A. in Communication Studies from Furman University, with a focus in persuasive speech, and her M.A. in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She is classically-trained on the french horn. Julie lives in Reston, Virginia with her husband, and dog, and is expecting their first baby in November.

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Barkha Patel (Associate Consultant) is an Indian Classical Kathak dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Barkha Dance Company (BDC). She began her formal training in Kathak at the age of eight and has been practicing for over 20 years. BDC has been commissioned to present various themed solo and group productions throughout the U.S. and India.

Catherine Vacovsky | Benvenuti ArtsCatherine Vacovsky (Marketing Coordinator) has spent more than a decade in public relations and communications, working primarily with nonprofit arts, culture, foreign affairs, environmental, and human resource institutions.

She served as the Press and Media Relations Manager at Americans for the Arts, a Public Relations Associate at Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt), the Public Relations Manager at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Program Manager at the American Committees on Foreign Relations. In addition, she has worked in various marketing, communications, and public relations capacities at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and National Endowment for the Arts.

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Catherine also serves as a freelance communications consultant for a variety of clients. To that end, she has edited a wide range of documents, including newsletters, development documents, website copy, resumes, cover letters, personal statements and essays for college and graduate school applications, screenplays, master’s theses, and marketing copy. Catherine has also volunteered her communications expertise to several arts organizations, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the New Moon Orchestra in Pittsburgh.

Catherine holds a Master’s in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in Media and Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently resides in the Richmond, VA metro area with her wonderful husband and two delightful daughters.

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