Ronald Lee Newman, President
Ronald Lee Newman is a proud graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (vocal music c/o 1994). In addition to serving on the board of the Alumni Association, Mr. Newman served as a Stage Manager for the Washington National Opera, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia and is Co-Founder/Managing Director for Nu Visions of Excellence Theatre Company (www.nuvoe.org). Some of Mr. Newman’s artistic credits include Thunder of Horse; International tour of David Talbert’s Love on Lay-A-Way starring Deborah Cox, Martha Wash, Lenny Williams and Mel Jackson; Magic Flute; TIMBUKTU!; Ain’t Misbehavin'; Enchantment of Dreams (World Premier); Brundibar; Debbie Allen’s Dancing in the Wings; the East Coast world premier of Dream of the Pacific; Ragtime the Musical; L’occasione fa il ladro; Cosi Fan Tutte; Barber of Seville; Say it Ain’t So, Roll On!; A Liberating Prayer: A Love Song For Mumia; Mike Malone’s Black Nativity and Black Broadway; The Washington Post Music and Dance Scholarship Awards with Jasmine Guy and Jim Vance.
Ronald received his B.F.A. in Arts Administration from Howard University. He served as the Operations and Logistics Manager and lecturer for arts administration and stage management at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, for several years. As of March 2013, he has relocated to Tampa, FL to work at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, as their director of operations.