Mr. Ryan Antony Nicotra
Ryan Antony Nicotra is the Development Director at Single Carrot Theatre, Baltimore’s largest alternative theatre. He is a current student in the Goucher College MA Arts Administration program; his master's thesis focuses on the intersection of design thinking and cultural equity with applications in the nonprofit arts sector.
Ryan is the founder and coordinator of the Harford County Arts & Culture Alliance-- a nonpartisan local arts advocacy coalition of nearly one-thousand members. Through a combination of advocacy training, local data tracking, coordinated engagements with stakeholders, a series of large-scale demonstrations, and innovative digital tactics, HCACA successfully lobbied the Harford County Board of Education to rescind a prohibitive new participation fee that caused a 30% drop in student involvement in extracurricular drama programs in Harford County Public Schools.
As the Development Director of Single Carrot Theatre, Nicotra's new program initiatives—coupled with a refreshed development strategy—have improved contributed income by 15% in his first year in the position. He successfully closed a major capital campaign to outfit the company in a permanent new home in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore, including major improvements to data security, audience services, infrastructure, and an exterior marquee.
Ryan is a member of the steering committee of the Emerging Arts Advocates program of Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA). While he was a temporary programs coordinator, MCA organized an aggressive campaign that was successful in restoring $2.2 million in funding for the Maryland State Arts Council. He testifies regularly in support of the arts to members of Congress, to the Maryland General Assembly, and to local government officials. He is the youngest to have served as a member and Vice Chair of the Harford County Cultural Arts Board, a local arts council near Baltimore.