Interview: Mary Lou Aleskie

Mary Lou Aleskie is the executive director of the Arts & Ideas Festival in New Haven, Connecticut (USA). Previously, Mary Lou has been the President and CEO of the La Jolla Music Society, programming orchestras, ensembles and dance companies as well as the summer music festival, La Jolla SummerFest; executive director of Da Camera of Houston for chamber and jazz music; general manager/manager director of the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas; producer of the Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI); and an artist manager with the Helen Merrill Agency.

We spoke earlier this week, just days before the beginning of Mary Lou’s first festival with Arts & Ideas. Mary Lou talks about her approach to the festival, including the intersection between the festival’s art programming and the ideas panels, the economic impact of the festival on the region, and what a producer worries about in the days before a festival begins.

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One Response to “Interview: Mary Lou Aleskie”

  1. KadmusArts Culture News » Blog Archive » Arts & Ideas Lines Up
    January 31st, 2009 00:04

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