About Benvenuti Arts

 

Our Staff

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.

Contact us for a free, 30 minute consultation to see for yourself.

Sarah Benvenuti, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Benvenuti, Pittsburgh, PA (she/her)
Sarah 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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Client Experience Department 


Julie Hord | Benvenuti ArtsJulie Hord
, Deputy Director, Reston, VA (she/her)
Julie has worked in the arts, culture, and wellness industries for the past 15 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. While in Las Vegas, Julie entered the wellness industry by way of her love of Bikram Yoga. She began teaching in June 2010 after completing Bikram Yoga Teacher training, and continues her teaching career to this day. 

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 Tucker the dog.

Adriana Rossetto, Senior Consultant, Cislago, Italy (she/her)
Adriana 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).

Candace Tabbs, Consultant, Atlanta, GA (she/her)
Candace 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

Nathan stands in front of a gray wall wearing a blue and peach floral pattern shirt. He is a white, male presenting human, smiling.Nathan Bussard, Consultant, Pittsburgh, PA (he/him)
Nathan is a multi-disciplinary artist, arts manager, and creative business consultant based on Pittsburgh, PA. His creative practices is currently focused on ceramics, illustration, and painting. As an arts manager and creative business consultant, he received dual Masters degrees from both Carnegie Mellon University in Arts Management and the University of Bologna in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts to ensure that creative individuals have the essential tools to pursue their artistic practice or small business. Outside of Benvenuti Arts, Nathan is the Communication & Events Manager at Radiant Hall where he uses his 9 years of event management experience and art management background to ensure local artists have the resources and support they need to thrive and affordable space to create.

Meghan Dale, Grant Writer, Harrisburg, PA (she/her)
Meghan is a writer and researcher and recently received her Ph.D. in the Department of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation explored how literacy teachers may disrupt racially inequitable discipline outcomes using anti-racist or asset-based classroom practices. Meghan’s research and advocacy interests include school discipline, literacy learning, and teacher practice. Prior to her doctoral work, Meghan was a 9th grade literacy teacher in Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her B.A. in English Literature, her M.A.T. in English Language Arts Secondary Education, and her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ariel Estrada, Associate Grant Writer, New York City, NY (he/him)
Ariel is an actor, producer, writer, and advocate in support of Asian American equity in the performing arts. As an actor, he has performed on television, film, commercials, digital media, and Off-, and Off-Off-Broadway. As a producer, Ariel is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director for Leviathan Lab, a nonprofit creative studio for Asian American performing artists. As an arts administrator, he is the current Communications & Development Associate for Mabou Mines and the Marketing & Membership Director for the Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists.
He is the immediate past National Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator for Actors’ Equity Association. His arts leadership has been recognized by artEquity, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Theatre Communications Group. As a grant writing consultant and has won over $310K in grant funding for NYC nonprofits of color. He is also a Fortune 500-level graphic designer. arielestrada.com | leviathanlab.com |  FB: /ariel.estrada1 | TW: @arielestrada | IG: @arielestrada1 | LI: /arielestrada

Operations Department

Alli sits in Brooklyn on a sunny day. They are wearing a white sweatshirt, smiling and sunkissed. Alli Knapp, Director of Operations and Human Resources, Dormont, PA (they/them)
Alli 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 – which is just outside of Hershey. Alli enjoys spending their free time binge watching Bravo television shows, backpacking the Appalachian Trail, writing anecdotes, and hosting karaoke and trivia at the Alpine in the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Alicia Olivo, Membership Manager, Houston, TX (she/her)
Alicia Margarita Olivo, Membership and Operations Coordinator (she/her) is a Mexican American playwright and arts administrator based in Houston, Texas. Alicia is currently a cohort member for the 2022-2023 the National Leaders of Color Fellowship cohort through the Mid-America Arts Alliance. As a playwright, Alicia’s plays have been developed and received readings with Rec Room Arts, Stages, Company One Theater, The Workshop Theater, Teatro Chelsea, Telatúlsa, AlterTheater, and The Inkwell Theater. Alicia holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies and Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies from Wellesley College. Alicia loves talking about comic books, good food, and the weather. amolivo.com

Alyona Solovyova, Administrative and Operations Coordinator, Bologna, Italy (she/her)
Alyona 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.

Grant Writers Pool

Dominic Bradley, Junior Grant Writer, New York City, NY (they/them)
Raised in the crunk-era “Dirty South,” Dominic Cinnamon Bradley is a Brooklyn-based Black disabled queer visual artist, writer, and performer. Dominic earned a BA in Sociology from The Johns Hopkins University and an MSW from Columbia University. In 2021 they were a RiseOut Activist-in-Residence fellow focusing on creating resources and conversation about mental health on behalf of BIPOC LGBTQIA+ New Yorkers. Dominic is a freelance sensitivity/authenticity reader who has worked with various publishing houses to help authors portray three-dimensional characters. Currently, Dominic is co-editing a book on disability artistry. Dominic enjoys DIY, reading, and cultivating plants in their free time. www.domdoesdreams.com.

David Bruce, Junior Grant Writer, Atlanta, GA (he/him)

David is an experienced grant writer, adept at securing funding for nonprofit and for-profit
program planning He has served as an writer for Atlanta Mission, Families First Atlanta, and
several nonprofits that provide health and human services. Prior to becoming a grant writer, he
worked as a Search Engine Marketing Consultant for AT&T and YP.com. David holds a
Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Alabama A&M University.

 

Amanda smiles at the camera with wideframe glasses, dark blonder hair and a tshirtAmanda Bublinec, Junior Grant Writer, Pittsburgh, PA (she/her)

Amanda is a writer, artist, and volleyball enthusiast, originally from a small town near Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and French from Calvin University and her professional background is in non-profit fundraising and communications. In addition to working with Benvenuti Arts, she works part-time for Holy Family Institute, a large education and social services organization in Pittsburgh, and makes jewelry under her small business name, Sweet Elvira Designs. In her free time, Amanda enjoys reading, writing creatively, gardening, playing volleyball, and serving as a trustee on the board of her local library. 

Shoshana looks into the abyss with long brown hair and a blue shirt. Shoshana Freund, Junior Grant Writer, Minneapolis, MN (she/her)

Shoshana graduated from Augsburg University with a B.A. in Theatre, concentrating in Technical Theatre and Design. She has worked with Mixed Precipitation, Full Circle Theater Company, and was one of the inaugural fellows in the Kinetic Light Fellowship Program, where she studied lighting design. In her free time, she enjoys learning new things, video games, and cuddling with her cat.

Maryanne smiles in a red shirtMary-Anne Ospina, Junior Grant Writer, Los Angeles, CA (she/her)
Mary-Anne Ospina has worked in various non-profits and currently based in Los Angeles. She previously worked as a Client Database Assistant for the Asian Taskforce Against Domestic Violence in Boston and is now a file clerk for the UFW Foundation. Outside of Benvenuti Arts, she is the Membership Coordinator for her alma mater’s shared interest group for LGBTQ+ alumni and does volunteer transcription and data maintenance work for different web platforms. Mary-Anne holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Wellesley College.
 

Kalyani Singh, Junior Grant Writer, New York City, NY (she/her)
Kalyani Singh is a performer, actor, musician, and social justice advocate. Passionate about social justice, her interests span across  urban environmental policy, criminal justice, food justice, and grassroots-driven community and economic development. She is constantly curious about how we can lay the groundwork for liberation and democratic decision-making processes at the micro and macro levels. She holds Bachelor degrees in Theatre and Political Science and a Masters in Political Science from Lehigh University, which then led her to the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in Pittsburgh, PA. There, she worked in nonprofits, economic development, and community-supported agriculture, and also performed in immersive theatre and improv. She now resides in Brooklyn, NY, pursuing a Masters in Applied Theatre at CUNY, as well as furthering her artistic career in music.

Janus is a vision in maroon flowers. They smirk in a selfie while sitting in a basket.Janus Young, Junior Grant Writer, Pittsburgh, PA (they/them)
Janus Young is an all-around production MacGyver, artist, technician, and producer. Most recently,  Production Manager for Bricolage Production Company but has also worked as an actor, director, lighting designer, musician, playwright and sound designer. In their free time they play lots of games, study Herbology, and cuddle their two cats and dog.

Interns

Laura Vola, Pittsburgh, PA (she/her)
After receiving her bachelor degree in Political, Social and International Sciences, Laura decided to enroll in the master program, “Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts” at the University of Bologna. During her second year, she pursued an exchange semester in the Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Her passion for the arts has led her to integrate her organizational and planning attitude with proper managerial skills and tools for this industry. She can see herself working in the back office of the arts and culture industry to create the possibilities to share her interests with a wide audience and at the same time have the privilege to closely experience the decision and operating process behind it. During her academic years, she has worked as a junior manager in marketing and communication for a local radio station in Bologna, as a gallery operator and exhibition guide, and in the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts Advancement office. During this most recent experience, she consolidated her interest in development and fundraising, and is now following this path as an intern with Benvenuti Arts.

Rebecca Mastrorocco, Administrative Intern Berlin, Germany (she/her)
Rebecca 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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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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