Whether you are antciipating a future change to your organization's management team or there has been an unplanned resignation, Odyssey Associates can provide leadership at the executive and department levels while you search for your next colleague. With particular experience with management transitions, Odyssey understands how to quickly assimilate to an organization, how to collaborate with board and staff members, and how to maintain relationships with your donors so your organization can continue supporting art and artists with minimal disruption to its operations.
The mission of White Heron Theatre Company is to produce transformative, professional productions of classical and contemporary plays and create innovative educational experiences based on that work. White Heron retained Odyssey Associates in late 2019 to focus on fundraising, marketing, and develop new operational systems. With Josh Borenstein serving as interim managing director, White Heron saw a 79% increase in individual donors and well as received its first grants from the National Endowment from the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and two major local foundations. Josh also provided critical guidance for the organization while it was shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through persistent fundraising and federal relieve, White Heron achieved a substantial operating surplus that allowed the organizaiton to reopen from a position of financial strength.
"At a pivotal time in White Heron’s lifecycle, Josh provided leadership and partnership –– evidenced in his willingness to think big with us and then map those lofty ideals to realistic possibilities and executable plans. As a Managing Director he has proven himself to be equally strong as an organizational leader, strategic thinker and a marketer.
"We hired Josh to help us transition from start-up mode to growth and sustainability while keeping the entrepreneurial spirit of a small arts organization dedicated to promoting dialogue with our community. On day one, literally, I asked Josh to sit in on a Board meeting without any expectations. But he had done his homework. He jumped from the 5-meter platform and immediately engaged the Board as if he were a tenured staffer. His ability to quickly immerse himself in the business kept us moving forward with purposeful speed.
"In a few short months as Managing Director, Josh had helped the leadership team to move the organization forward and prepare a solid foundation for our future. And then… global pandemic. During the COVID-19 crisis, Josh ratcheted up to another gear to help us do the right thing, the right way –– being responsible for the organization while putting the community first.
"We are lucky to have Josh as a key part of our leadership team. He is a seasoned veteran who listens, thinks, solves, and leads. He is first and foremost a responsible partner with a personal stake in the outcome. But at the end of the day, his values-driven character stands above all. To work with Josh is to work with family (the kind you love)." - Robert Doran, Board Chair
Writers Theatre was founded to explore productions in which the word on the page and the artists that bring the word to life hold primary importance. Writers retained Joshua Borenstein in January 2020 to serve as its interim General Manager to negotiate agreements with authors and directors as the organization prepared for the 2020 – 2021 season. Then, in fall 2020, the organization’s finance director departed, and Josh stepped in to prepare financial models for different operating scenarios to aid Writers in its decision making in response to the ongoing novel coronavirus crisis. After that scope of work was completed, Writers hired Josh again to coach a member of its senior management team.
"I have known Josh Borenstein for over 20 years and have worked with him as project manager during our capital campaign and a colleague during his tenure as one of our theatre communities most respected executive arts leaders. The creation of Odyssey Associates comes at the most ideal time for us here at Writers Theatre, as we are in the middle of a staff transition. Josh has joined our team as a consultant as well as taking on a variety of general management responsibilities. Josh is providing much needed strategic guidance, advice and support during a critical time here and we are grateful." - Kathryn M. Lipuma, Executive Director