Denise Saunders Thompson

Denise Saunders Thompson is the President & CEO of D.d.Saunders & Associates, Inc., a comprehensive fine arts advisory firm; co-founder of PlayRight Performing Arts Center, Inc., a non-profit arts organization in Atlanta, GA; former business manager for The Malone Group, Inc., a non-profit arts organization in Washington, D.C. that co-produced "Black Nativity" at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from 1994-1999, and currently serves as the Chairperson/Executive Director for The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD). She is also a Professorial Lecturer at American University for the Graduate Arts Management Program.

Thompson recently concluded 17 years of service at Howard University in the capacities of Professor and Manager. Freelancing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and across the nation in production, Thompson has held positions at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Lincoln Theatre, Alliance Theatre Company, National Black Arts Festival, 1996 Olympic Arts Festival, 1996 Olympics, Several Dancers Core, the Atlanta Dance Initiative, the Mark Taper Forum, the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Harrah’s Marina Hotel Casino as well as other numerous positions. In addition, she is a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, St. Paul Companies, and the DC Arts and Humanities Commission.

Thompson holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BFA from Howard University.

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