Marion Koltun Dienstag

Lecturer in Theater Management


Marion Koltun Dienstag, Lecturer in Theater Management, is the founder of The Koltun Group, a consultancy practice specializing in strategic planning and fundraising for the non-profit sector. Current client examples are the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Double Edge Theatre in Massachusetts. She served as Executive Director of Dance Theater Workshop where she joined the staff in June of 1999 to strategically plan and effect its $14 million capital project including building the Doris Duke Performance Center and establishing Dance Theater Workshop’s first endowment. She was appointed Executive Director of Dance Theater Workshop in July 2003. During her tenure, she was responsible for all aspects of institutional stabilization in partnership with DTW’s 43-member Board of Directors. From 1996 to 1998, Dienstag served as Executive Director of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, where she supervised all aspects of the organization’s $4 million operating budget. From 1991 to 1996, as General Manager and Director of Operations at The New 42nd Street, Inc., Dienstag was part of the senior management team which oversaw and implemented the organization’s evolution to a fully active landlord/operator of four commercial properties and two non-profit theaters on the now-celebrated 42nd Street in Times Square. Dienstag has also served as General Manager of The New York Dance Center from 1987 to 1990, Managing Director of Mabou Mines from 1986–1987, and fundraising consultant for Eiko & Koma and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar: Urban Bush Women (1987-1991). Her teaching credits include theater administration seminars at the Yale School of Drama, where she received her MFA in Theater Administration, and Vassar College, where she received a BA in Theater. She has also taught dance administration at Hunter College and New York University. Ms. Dienstag attended the National Arts Strategies Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford University and served on the Boards of Dance USA and Congregation Tehillah (which she cofounded) in Riverdale, New York. She currently serves as the Board Chair of BAAD!, the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. She was honored, along with Dance Theater Workshop, by Movement Research in 2006. She is married to Alan Dienstag, Psy.D., and is the proud mother of Ruby, Emmett, and the ASPCA-adopted Shelly.