Ed Zakreski

Managing Director at Round House Theatre Inc.

Ed Zakreski

Ed Zakreski

Managing Director at Round House Theatre Inc.

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Ed Zakreski is a senior level arts administrator and $100 million fundraiser with over 20 years of experience as both a development officer and Executive Director for a number of Washington DC’s premier performing arts organizations. As Chief Development Officer for the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Ed led a 14-person team responsible for raising nearly $8 million annually, while also conducting multiple capital campaigns.

During his successful ten-year tenure with the Shakespeare Theatre, Ed developed and implemented strategies to successfully raise $27.5 million to close the company’s $75 million capital campaign, while consistently increasing public support for the theatre’s annual fund. He has successfully worked with the board on numerous fundraising initiatives and has personally acquired a number of major individual and institutional contributions, including multimillion dollar gifts, securing a $1 million grant from the Kresge Foundation, and increasing the theatre’s donor base by 10%.

Prior to joining the Shakespeare Theatre, Ed spent eight years on the development team at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as Director of Individual Campaigns, Manager of National Advancement, and Assistant Manager of Annual Giving. During his time at the Kennedy Center, he was tasked with increasing responsibility for development strategies, eventually assuming leadership of a 20-person staff across three business areas with an $11 million annual fundraising goal.

Prior to moving to a highly successful focus in fund development for two of the country’s most prestigious companies, Ed served as Executive Director for both the Arlington Symphony and Washington Bach Consort respectively. Ed attended American University where he received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts Management.

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The Shakespeare Theatre Company is a regional theatre company located in Washington, D.C. The theatre company focuses primarily on plays from the Shakespeare canon, but its seasons include works by other classic playwrights such as Euripides, Ibsen, Wilde, Shaw, Schiller, Coward and Tennessee Williams. The company manages and performs in the Harman Center for the Arts, consisting of the Lansburgh Theatre and Sidney Harman Hall. In cooperation with George Washington University, they run the Academy for Classical Acting. The company is a member of the League of Resident Theatres.

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Ed Zakreski is affiliated with Round House Theatre Inc., The Shakespeare Theatre Co.

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