CCT: Michael Stotts Awarded State Arts Administration Fellowship

Michael Stotts Awarded State Arts Administration Fellowship

(Hartford, CT) -
The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) has selected Michael Stotts, Managing Director of Hartford Stage, to receive the Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship for the year 2011.

The annual Fellowship of $2,500, to be used for professional development activities, acknowledges the important role that arts administrators play in the state’s arts industry. The Fellowship was named in honor of Elizabeth Mahaffey who, during her 23-year career at the Commission, made significant contributions to the professional development of arts administrators in Connecticut.  Selection criteria in selecting Stotts included his record of accomplishment in the field of arts administration, the positive impact he has had on the Hartford Stage, and his potential for continued career achievement.

“Michael Stotts’ leadership, accomplishments, and promise embody the spirit of the Elizabeth Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship Award,” said Christopher Bergstrom, Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.  “The Commission is proud to honor him and hold him up as a role model for the future of theater and other non-profit arts in the state.”

Stotts has, for the past twenty-five years, devoted his life to nonprofit professional theatre. From 2006 to the present, as Managing Director of Hartford Stage, he has helped build financial stability for the institution in concert with an aggressive and innovative artistic agenda.  He has led a successful capital and endowment campaign, raising nearly $11 million to date, to ensure a healthy future for Hartford Stage.  He recently oversaw the completion of a major renovation that transformed the theatre’s technical and artistic capabilities while enhancing the experience for audiences. He played a key role in producing one of the largest projects of any regional theatre in America in recent years, The Orphans’ Home Cycle, a nine-hour masterpiece by Horton Foote, which won numerous awards as Best Play of the 2009-10 season in New York and Connecticut.

Working in partnership with artistic leader, Michael Wilson, the board of directors and staff, Stotts has been an effective consensus builder around the goals of Hartford Stage, and has helped extend its reach into the social fabric of a very diverse community.  The organization is now recognized as much for its innovative work in arts education and its impact in the Greater Hartford community as it is for its artistic achievements.

Prior to arriving at Hartford Stage, Stotts served for three years as Managing Director of Long Wharf Theatre, where he produced a significant number of new and acclaimed plays. Prior to Long Wharf, he served as Managing Director at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and for nine years, he served in the same capacity at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey where he helped re-envision and rebuild the organization. Stotts began his professional career at the Manhattan Theatre Club where he rose through the ranks from intern to interim general manager.

Stotts was a co-founder and President of the Connecticut Arts Alliance, a statewide arts advocacy organization, and continues as an active participant on its board. In 2005, he was honored with a Distinguished Advocate Award from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism.



For immediate release: April 12, 2011

Contact(s): Christopher Bergstrom, Executive Director

860-256-2727 (Leigh Johnson)


An-Ming Truxes, Arts Division Director