Francesca Amari-Sajtar ~ Professional Resume
Francesca@francescaamari.com ~ 616.364.8589
A dynamic, versatile, talented & proven professional with:
• 25+ years’ of nonprofit experience: writing/editing/special event/media relations/development/public relations & marketing/administrative support;
• 20+ years’ teaching, directing and stage managing theatre; primarily for children; and
• 10 years’ teaching Drama in Education & Storytelling @ the University level.
1989 - present Southern Cal, Grand Rapids, MI & New York, NY
PERFORMER, TEACHING ARTIST & INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR - freelance performer
(singer/actor); teaching artist, theatre educator, theatre director, theatre producer, field researcher & program coordinator, public relations consultant, administrative assistant & nanny. Clients include McCallum Theatre Institute, University of MI, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Thornapple Arts Council, Public Education Fund, Howmet Playhouse, Chamber Music Society, Centre Stage, The Job Shoppe & John Kempski, P.C.
2007 – present Brilliance Audio (MI) /Random House Books on Tape (CA)
Director – Responsible for researching, prepping & directing audio books for major Audio Book Publishers. Narrators incl. Scott Brick, Anne Flosnik, Renee’ Raudman, Michael Page, Laural Merlington.
2008 – 2010 Wealthy Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
Office Manager - work for an urban historic theatre in the heart of Grand Rapids. Make booking reservations, manage all public contact & correspondence via mail, phone and walk-ins, run Box Office, create invoices & reconcile ticketing services, give tours & help ensure all events run smoothly, according to client plan, and manage event listings on website.
1999 – 2009 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI;
Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
Western MI University, Kalamazoo, MI
Adjunct Faculty – responsible for teaching 300-level sections of DRAMA IN EDUCATION for Theatre Dept. to prospective teachers in School of Education. As needed, also teach Storytelling, Creative Writing, Beginning Acting & Stage Management.
1990 – 2009 Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, MI
School of Theatre Arts Faculty – Teach & direct a variety of children’s theatre classes, camps, workshops
1999 – 2005 YWCA of Grand Rapids, MI
Special Events Coordinator/Development – As an independent contractor, responsible for planning, implementation & evaluation of three major fundraising events per year, raising more than $90,000 annually. Worked with volunteer committees, staff & media to plan & promote.
1998-1999 School Year University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Field Researcher for Study of Instructional Improvement through UofM's Institute for Social Research. Traveled to urban schools to test skills & aptitudes of elementary age children in at-risk schools.
1998-1999 School Year Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre, MI
INTERIM Youth Theatre Director - oversaw Youth Theatre program of a major community theatre on an interim basis. Duties included teaching theatre education classes, providing community outreach, promotion & marketing, fundraising, volunteer management, office administration & Directing two shows, "Tuck Everlasting" & "The Velveteen Rabbit."
1991 - 1995 Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
Communications Manager - Responsible for Communications Department of a major metropolitan Library system (one Central Library/six branches). As part of top-level Administrative Team, responsibilities included employee management, policy development & daily administration; planning, coordination & implementation of organization's media relations, target marketing, printing & publishing, employee communications, training & community relations program & all special events. Served as spokesperson to all media & community groups. Managed $85,000 budget & staff of 2.5. Responsible for all campaign materials which lead to a successful milleage vote in perpetuity.
1991 & 2000 WGVU AM/FM Public Radio, Grand Rapids, MI
News Reporter, On-Air Announcer, Program Producer - on-call news reporter, covering Grand Rapids Public School Board meetings for public radio station at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More recently, recorded on-air jazz program & produced talk shows.
1987 - 1991 Planned Parenthood Centers of West MI
Public Affairs Coordinator - Responsible for political & grass-roots organizing; monitoring, analyzing & reporting on current legislation; communicating with local legislators; volunteer recruitment & training; public speaking; serving as media spokesperson & responsible for all media relations, special events & publication development.
Community Relations Coordinator - Responsible for agency's community awareness programs & promotion. Responsible for media relations, all print materials, special event planning & public speaking.
1984 - 1987 United Way of Kent County, Grand Rapids, MI
Communications Specialist - Responsible for writing, editing & layout of publications, news releases & PSAs; volunteer development; special event planning & fundraising; public speaking & media relations.
1983 - 1984 Battle Creek Enquirer & News, MI
Copy Editor - Responsible for editing wire & newsroom copy; headline writing, page layout &
overseeing paste-up. Circulation: 60,000.
Related Volunteer Experience/Memberships:
Member, Chicago Cabaret Professionals, CabaretWest, CabaretHotline, Manhattan Assoc. of Cabarets
Member, American Alliance for Arts Education
Chairperson, Arts Advisory Board/Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids
Steering Committee: Community Enrichment Day & Women's History Month/City of G.R.
Action Team: Grand Rapids Public Schools Strategic Planning
Board Member: Community Circle Theatre, Grand Rapids Cable Access Center, Wealthy
Theatre & YWCA Chocolate Lover's Festival
Trainer: United Way of Kent County BoardWALK volunteer training program
Accepted into MFA Program, Graduate Institute, Milford, CT
Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree w/ Double Major in Broadcasting & Journalism; CMU
Extensive Specialized Training: Public Speaking, Media Relations, NPO Mgt. Training
Theatre Management & Teaching; and Vocal Performance
National Volunteer Academy, Alexandria, VA
Performance/Production & Teaching Resumes Available upon Request