Ken is a visionary not for profit executive with senior leadership experience at major arts and cultural organizations in both Canada and the United States. Most recently, Mr. Neufeld was president and CEO at Victoria Theatre Association – a 5 theatre performing arts center attracting over 500,000 patrons annually in Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Neufeld has also served as the Executive Director of a nationally recognized producing theatre in the USA for almost nine years and was the Producer and GM at a ground-breaking performing arts center in Canada that initiated a series of innovative programs with a rapidly expanding Asian population. He was the revenue manager at a Civic Museum and Planetarium complex Vancouver and was the revenue manager for a prominent Canadian regional theatre company.
Always an active volunteer advocate for community development, Ken has twice served as President of Tourism Richmond BC, and has served as a board member at the Market Arcade Film Center in Buffalo, NY, a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on the Arts in Buffalo, as a board member of Montgomery County Visitor and Convention Bureau, as a member of the strategic planning committee of Culture Works, and as a member of the executive board of the Downtown Dayton Partnership.
He has an MA in Theatre from Michigan State University, a BA in Theatre from the University of Winnipeg, and continuing education certificates from educational organizations including Harvard Business School, Ross Business School at the University of Michigan, and the Banff Center. Ken was selected to participate in the inaugural pilot group of National Arts Strategies CEO program and then completed the program in 2012. He served as a Tony Awards voter for 9 years. He is the originator of the 2 Minute Arts Manager, a weekly video blog appearing on LinkedIn and Facebook.
He lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia.