was awarded the 2011 Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship.
For the past twenty-five years, Stotts
has devoted his
life to nonprofit professional theatre.
From 2006 to the present, he continues to serve as Managing Director of Hartford Stage.
During this time, Stotts
has led a successful capital and endowment campaign, raising nearly $11 million to date, to ensure a healthy future for Hartford Stage
Prior to arriving at the Hartford Stage, Michael Stotts served for three years as Managing Director of Long Wharf Theatre, where he produced a significant number of new and acclaimed plays.
He also served as Managing Director at George Street Playhouse in
, and for nine years, he
served in the same capacity at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
helped re-envision and rebuild the organization.
Stotts was a co-founder and President of the Connecticut Arts Alliance, a statewide arts advocacy organization, and continues as an active participant on its board.
In 2005, he
was honored with a Distinguished Advocate Award from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism
"Michael Stotts' leadership, accomplishments, and promise embody the spirit of the Elizabeth Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship Award," said Christopher Bergstrom, Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism."The Commission is proud to honor him and hold him up as a role model for the future of theater and other non-profit arts in the State."