2015 TRG Fellow
Originally from Wisconsin and a veteran of the theatre scene in Chicago, Vincent is celebrating his 18th season with Phoenix Theatre. Named in 2012 by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the Valley's top "40 Under 40," Vincent has overseen the largest expansion of programming and facilities in Phoenix Theatre's 96-year history, with the recent Grand Opening of the Hormel Black Box Theatre and the addition of new patron spaces and atrium bar.
While orchestrating the expansion of Phoenix Theatre; Vincent also opened the facility's doors to Valley organizations as a place to develop, rehearse and perform their work, as well as offering box office services and consultation to fellow arts organizations. He was a driving force behind the implementation of the "Community Database," a shared resource for over 20 artistic organizations in Arizona who use this valuable tool to expand their reach to Arizona theatre-goers, and the creation of the Central Arts District launched in May 2014 to synergize the branding of arts and culture offerings and venues in the central corridor.
VanVleet was named by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust as one of its two Piper Fellows for 2015. The Piper Fellows program acknowledges the never-ceasing demands of nonprofit leadership and provides opportunities for Maricopa County leaders to retool, refresh, and renew their skills. In line with Phoenix Theatre's current focus on growing the number and size of donations it receives, VanVleet's Fellowship will focus on best practices with respect to converting individual transactions into long-term patron relationships.
A dedicated community volunteer and activist, Vincent has directed and stage-managed annual fundraising events for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix and Childhelp. He also consults with several Valley arts organizations, manages Playhouse on the Park at Central Arts Plaza and sits on the Board of Directors of Arizona Citizens for the Arts and The Tessitura Network while also serving on the TRG Council.
Creatively, Vincent co-wrote the musical Unstoppable Me with Michael Barnard which premiered in 2010 and they are now working on their second collaboration, an outrageously funny new musical, Cooking's A Drag, which will be work shopped in 2016. Vincent has been a driving force in creating a path for new work development, from Phoenix to Off-Broadway, and has contributed his theatrical and administrative talents to over 180 productions at Phoenix Theatre. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Acting and Directing with a minor in English at Barat College on Chicago's North Shore.