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First Annual Director’s Council Dinner

With deep gratitude, Grand Performances hosted our Director’s Council members on Sunday, March 8th for a one-of-a-kind gathering in the underground dining spot KTCHN 105. Members enjoyed sweet and sour cocktails freshly prepared by GP’s Director of Programming Leigh Ann Hahn, and South African wines paired with a fabulous 5-course dinner by Executive Chef Felix Barron from KTCHNLA. The menu featured a Chicharron de Queso salad, Lavash and Snap Pea Harrissa, Preserved Lemon Lentil Soup with Krispy Kale, Apple Wood Smoked Monkfish with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Wilted Spinach, and the grand finale Blue Berry Cobbler with Malted Bread Ice Cream. After dessert guests were treated to a sneak peek presentation by one of our summer artists (sorry, we can’t say who!).

Launched in 2013, The Director’s Council recognizes those individuals who have made multi-year commitments in support of our programs. They are moved by Grand Performances’ impact in the community, the diversity on our stage, and in our audience. And we celebrate them.

The Family of Mildred and Gary Alexander

Michael Becker*

Natalie and David Bergeson

The Elliott Family

The Feintech Family

Jennifer Fisher

Deborah Glusker

Victoria Kirsch and Michael Alexander

Jeff Brown and Brenda Miyamoto

Karen Molleson and Lowell Hill

Jon Neustadter

Karim Teymourtache

If you would like to learn more about our Director’s Council, please call Director of Development Christie Lesinski at 213-687-2272.



Photo credit: Michael BeckerAs a lifelong admirer of the arts and avid world traveler, it's no surprise that photographer Michael Becker felt a deep, personal connection with Grand Performances after attending his first concert in 2011. Just a few months earlier Becker was traveling in Southeast Asia with friends and, impressed by the free public performances he experienced in Singapore, lamented that Los Angeles lacked such a diverse cultural gathering place. Luckily his traveling partner knew of Grand Performances!

Since that first introduction, Grand Performances’ free summer events serve as a creative outlet and muse for Becker, who after many years in trust administration is pursuing his first love - photography. He cites the plaza aesthetics, the illuminating color and lighting design, and the diversity of the audience as inspiration for dozens of his photographs. Rarely seated through a performance, he documents the architecture, people and artists then uses color enhancements to create a “lively and mystical expression of message and meaning.”

For Becker, the free-thinking, uninhibited vibe fostered in this “democratic, beautiful environment” is what distinguishes Grand Performances from all other performance spaces in L.A. He appreciates the spectrum of political viewpoints captured during audience conversations, like the one experienced after the reading of Mike Daisy’s The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, and the introduction he has received to local artists such as the dynamic, acrobatic modern dance company Diavolo.

In appreciation of the cultural equity our program brings to our community and to ensure this legacy for future generations of Angelenos, Becker has designated $1,000,000 to Grand Performances in his estate plans – our very first planned gift. He has also committed a multi-year pledge to help found a major giving initiative to launch this year. Grand Performances’ Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges Michael Becker's commitment.

For more information about planned giving and how you can include Grand Performances in your estate plans, please contact Christie Lesinski, Director of Development at 213-687-2272.



We're looking for a Development Assistant

Grand Performances has an immediate full-time job opening for a Development Assistant. 

Grand Performances, L.A.’s premier free outdoor summer performing arts presenter, is known for providing Angelenos with an eclectic mix of high quality performing arts by world-renowned artists across genres. With programming reflective of the many cultural interests of people across the region, Grand Performances hosts America's most diverse audience at its beautiful outdoor venue located on Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles. Grand Performances is a 501(c)(3) and summer 2013 marks its 27th season of serving the community.
The Development Assistant reports to the Director of Development and is a vital part of this two person development team. The primary role of this position is to assist in the design and implementation of comprehensive fund-raising activities in support of Grand Performances. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator (verbal and written), detail-oriented and a highly motivated team player. We seek someone who has strong data management skills, a desire for a career in development, and passion for live performance.

Year-round responsibilities include maintaining donor and prospect database records, processing donations and timely written acknowledgements, administrative support for annual fundraising campaigns, donor stewardship and communications, grant writing and reporting, preparation and maintenance of Grand Performances Board meeting minutes and materials, assisting with coordination of special events and annual fundraiser, and additional development duties as assigned and self-identified projects as approved.

During the summer season of free performances, the Development Assistant will be present at events to manage donor reserved seating area, provide onsite customer service to donors/VIPs, coordinate donor receptions, and provide assistance to the general public.


Bachelor's degree preferred.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail are essential. 
Professional verbal and written communication skills required.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Ability to work both collaboratively and independently to organize, plan, and carry out activities to meet specific timelines and goals.
Computer literacy, Internet research skills, and experience with MS Office and Windows required.  In Design experience a plus.
Knowledge of Patron Manager/Sales Force database a plus.
Available on evenings and weekends for season and special events.

Position is full-time non-exempt and begins as soon as possible.
Salary range $13 - $16 per hour.
Medical, dental, and retirement benefits. Paid Parking.

To apply:

Please send a PDF with cover letter and resume to