MEREDITH BEAN McMATH
MS, Arts Management
McMath is a prize-winning playwright, author and award-winning historian and the Managing Director of Run, Rabbit, Run Productions, Inc. and Run Rabbit Run Theatre. McMath's living history productions have been commissioned by history organizations, libraries, schools and local and national civic organizations and museums such as the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, the National Trust's Oatlands Plantation, The Newseum and The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Her history videos have appeared on The History Channel and in Virginia classrooms. McMath holds a BA in History from The College of William and Mary and a Master of Science in Arts Management from Shenandoah University.
A former Program Manager for Round Hill Arts Center, the founding Artistic Director of the former nonprofit Aurora Studio Theatre, and has twice served on the Region IVb Grants Panel for the Virginia Commission for the Arts. . She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hillsboro Community Association, the Hillsboro Planning Commission, and Loudoun Lyric Opera. Former Board Service includes The Loudoun Museum, Loudoun Arts Council, Not Just Shakespeare, Inc., Loudoun Youth Initiative, and The Growing Stage. Expertise includes arts education and public programming, programming development and evaluation, public events, cost-benefit analyses, marketing and social networking, grant writing, website ehancement and graphic arts.
McMath's plays range from modern dramas and adaptations to historical plays and operetta. In April 2014, Loudoun Lyric Opera produced NORTON: A Civil War Opera, which featured a concept and libretto by Meredith and music by David. E. Chávez. NORTON: A Civil War Opera. The opera was commissioned by Loudoun Lyric Opera company and supported in part by a Project Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. A workshop version of NORTON will be presented August 8, 2014 at Chautauqua Institution as part of "Ken Burns Week." Other works of note include Case 22, designated a "Must See" by DC Theatre Scene when it premiered at the 2010 Capital Fringe Fesivial, and Sticks & Stones, which took first prize in Source Theatre's 2003 Ten-Minute Play Competition. Commissioned works include the operetta Romance from Broadway to Lincoln Center, written and produced for Loudoun Lyric Opera at Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, Virginia; the living history play An Afternoon with the Caldwells: The Abolitionist Fundraiser, written and produced for the National Museum of American History in the Hall of Musical Instruments; the musical The Drinking Gourd: Songs and Stories of the Underground Railroad, written for Loudoun Public Schools to be performed by Elementary School Students in honor of Black History Month, and several other living history programs and plays for museums, history organzations, libraries, schools and theatre groups. McMath's original Civil War play ALL FOR THE UNION in Confederate Virginia! raised $10,000 toward the restoration of historic Grace Church in Lincoln, Virgina in 2003 and $15,000 toward the 2000 Waterford Capital Campaign. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the professional association of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists.
RUN, RABBIT, RUN PRODUCTIONS, inc.
McMath and co-founder Joni Lynn Crane established Run, Rabbit, Run Production, Inc. in 1998 in order to bring history and story to life through a variety of media. McMath has since written and produced living history programs ranging from a 1943-style live radio show to an 1855 abolitionist fundraiser; McMath's video work includes historical documentaries and promotional spots such as the eight-minute promotional video "Walking for Water" on behalf of the nonprofit Wisdom Springs, Inc. Her educational programs cover topics such as VIrginia and Loudoun Civil War History, American Social History, fiction writing, theatre, Shakespeare, play writing and journalism. Former clients include The Newseum, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, The National Trust's Oatlands Plantation and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. McMath's Civil War Music program has been produced in a variety of venues, including a National Park Service Lincoln's Birthday Celebration at Ford's Theatre.
PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING CONSULTANT
McMath has managed marketing outreach for numerous nonprofit arts organizations and businesses. Marketing campaigns include the use of Social Media, email platforms, web management, photographs, graphics/logos, display ads, posters, brochures, postcards and promotional videos.
HONORS & ASSOCIATIONS
In 2012, McMath was honored in the Best Director category of DC Metro Theater Arts' "Best of 2012" for Once Upon A Christmas Carol. Upon graduating in 2011 with an MS in Arts Management from Shenandoah University, she received the Arts Administration Graduate Student Award for superlative graduate student work upon. In 2010, McMath was one of four women chosen for the first annual Franklin Park Arts Center Women With Vision Exhibit, presented inconjunction with Virginia's 2010 "Minds Wide Open" celebration of women in the arts.
Women with Vision video on McMath
presented as part of Franklin Park Arts Center's
2010 Women with Vision Exhibit
McMath's play, Sticks and Stones, took first prize in the 2003 Source Theatre play competition. Upon receiving her graduate degree in Arts Managment in 2011, McMath was honored with the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Administration Award for outstanding graduate work. She is the recipient of The Loudoun History Award and has been honored by both the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County and the Hillsboro Community Association for inspiring the study of women's history.
- Shenandoah University (2011) GPA: 4.0+
- Master of Science, Arts Management. Relevant areas of study: Contemporary Trends in Arts Management, Marketing, Financial Management of the Nonprofit Enterprise, Production Management Accounting; Arts Management Policy and Practice.
- Thesis: "The Relationship between Successes and Failures of the Federal Theatre Project and its Management by Director Hallie Flanagan."
- Award: Recipient of the 2011 Arts Administration Graduate Student Award for superlative graduate student work
- Marketing and Developement Internship: Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD (2010)
- Eco-Tourism and Arts Marketing Study, Australia, Global Experiential Learning Program, Shenandoah University (2009)
- The College of William and Mary (1979)
- BA, History
- Secondary Teaching Certificate, Social Studies
- Honors: Member, Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society
- Cambridge University Christ's College Study Program, Cambridge, England (summer 1978)
McMATH' COMPLETE RESUME
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