Yvonne Bell was hired by The McCallum Theatre in May 2021 to serve as the Vice President of Development. Prior to that and since 1999, Bell served as Director of Institutional Advancement for The Center Theatre Group (CTG), one of the nation’s most influential nonprofit arts institutions, home to three theaters, the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. In her leadership capacity at CTG, Bell directed all fundraising, board development, and institutional positioning and planning, along with being responsible for the content, design, and implementation of a multi-year strategy for all philanthropic revenue. Prior to joining CTG, Bell held leadership positions with the California Science Center, SoCal Institute of Architecture Foundation and The Museum of Contemporary Art, all in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University and was the Inaugural Recipient of the Theatre Angel Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle in 2019. Among her achievements at CTG, Bell raised money to build and open the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City in 2004; to produce and present more than 300 productions at all three of CTG’s venues; to increase the Center’s annual fund by 400%; and to significantly grow the endowment through cash and planned gifts. In addition, she helped open the California Science Center in 1998 and The Museum of Contemporary Art in 1986. Bell has long been active in a variety of community and industry activities including serving as a Trustee for the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation in Seattle, WA (2006 to present); Executive Committee and Board Member of the Ojai Playwrights Conference (2005 to present); and on the Board of Directors for Theatre Forward in New York (2015 to 2021). Previously, she served as an Executive Board Member, Development and Membership Committee for the American Association of Museums; and Executive Board Member for the Western Museums Association.
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