Steven Wolff

Lecturer in Theater Management

MFA

Steven A. Wolff is the founding Principal of AMS Planning & Research Corp. and AMS Analytics. He works from the firm’s Connecticut headquarters. For over 25 years, Steven has provided counsel to leading arts, culture, and entertainment enterprises on strategic initiatives, the planning and development of capital facilities, and arts market and consumer research. Steven has participated in the development of more than $6 billion of new and renovated capital facilities for the arts and played an instrumental role in the planning and operation of projects around the world. Among the most recent are the Utah Performing Arts Center (Salt Lake City), the Smith Center for the Performing Arts (Las Vegas), AT&T Performing Arts Center (Dallas), the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Orlando), and new homes for Signature Theatre (New York City), Theatre for a New Audience (New York City), and Writers Theatre (Chicago). In the area of strategic planning and organizational development, the firm is deeply involved in understanding “success in the 21st century” through a stronger focus on “effectiveness and entanglement”™. Steven provides research and management counsel that explores innovative new business models through strategic thinking, change initiatives, governance and management counsel for diverse organizations such as the historic Apollo Theater, Sydney Opera House, the Adrienne Arsht Center (Miami), and educational institutions ranging from Brown University to Stanford University, as well as national foundations, leading content producers and presenters, and national service organizations. AMS’s research practice, AMS Analytics, is an acknowledged industry leader in benchmarking, operations analysis, and arts consumer and market information. Steven is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences, including the Theatre Communications Group, International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA), and the Canadian Arts Summit and is a guest lecturer at other major universities. He is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and holds the designation Certified Management Consultant (CMC). Steven is chair of the Arts Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. He served as an officer on the Board of the nationally known Westport Country Playhouse (2001–2006). He holds an MFA (1981) from Yale School of Drama.