October 3, 2012 |

The 5th Avenue Theatre Appoints VP of Philanthropy

The 5th Avenue Theatre Concludes National Search,

Names Michelle Moga as New Vice President of Philanthropy

(Monday, October 1, 2012 - SEATTLE, WA) The 5th Avenue Theatre is thrilled to announce the appointment of Michelle Moga as the new Vice President of Philanthropy. Moga's appointment concludes a national search for a seasoned professional in the world of non-profit and arts fundraising. In this new position, Moga will oversee The 5th Avenue Development Department and manage the entire fundraising arm of the organization, including all areas of individual giving campaigns, corporate and foundation support, fundraising events, and other special projects.

"We are delighted to welcome Michelle to the organization," said 5th Avenue Managing Director Bernadine C. Griffin. "As the organization continues to grow and evolve, so does the necessity for an assertive and comprehensive fundraising strategy. Michelle Moga brings a wealth of experience in fundraising at a national level, as well as the ability to connect with a local community. We believe that she will be instrumental in changing the face of philanthropy at The 5th."

Michelle Moga has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. She most recently served as the chief development officer at the Urban Institute in Washington D.C., and has a remarkable track record of fundraising with a wide range of nonprofit organizations including the Nature Conservancy, National Public Radio, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

Moga brings to The 5th extensive expertise in overseeing major gifts and special campaigns and has had great success in building strong relationships with donors of all levels, from grassroots givers to give multi-million dollar patrons. Although new to the Pacific Northwest, Moga has worked previously with local Puget Sound philanthropists to raise funds for National Public Radio. Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, she received her degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

About The 5th Avenue Theatre

The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of the nation's premier incubators for new musical theater. Since 2002, the celebrated company has produced 14 new musicals. Five have moved on to Broadway premieres, earning a combined 14 Tony Awards, including two for Best Musical (Hairspray and Memphis). 5th Avenue premieres number six (Saving Aimee - now called Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson) and seven (A Christmas Story: The Musical) are opening on Broadway in November of 2012. The 5th Avenue Theatre is also known for its world class, critically acclaimed productions of musicals chosen from both the contemporary canon and the Golden Age of Broadway.

Unique in its Chinese-inspired design, this exquisite theater opened in 1926 as a venue for vaudeville and film. In 1980, the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre began producing and presenting top-quality live musical theater. Today, under the leadership of Executive Producer and Artistic Director David Armstrong, Managing Director Bernadine C. Griffin and Producing Director Bill Berry, The 5th Avenue Theatre attracts an annual attendance of more than 287,000 and ranks among the nation's largest and most respected musical theater companies.

In addition to its main stage productions, The 5th Avenue Theatre is also committed to inspiring the next generation of theatergoers through its extensive educational and outreach programs which include: The Adventure Musical Theatre Touring Company, The 5th Avenue Awards Honoring High School Musical Theater, the Student Matinee Program, and Spotlight Nights. These programs serve 65,000 students each year.

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