The North Group Inc.





Halsey M. North
Halsey M. North

Halsey M. North, Chairman
The North Group Inc.

For over 40 years, Halsey North has assisted nonprofit theaters, performing arts centers, arts councils, and museums across the country with fundraising feasibility studies, capital and endowment campaigns, annual operating campaigns, strategic planning, board development and retreats, cultural planning, business plans, and workshops on fundraising, board development, and planning. He has a unique national perspective that enables him to share “best practices” from around the country with clients, which saves them time and money. The North Group Inc. specializes in an integrated approach to planning, board development, and fundraising designed to strengthen an organization’s fundraising capacity and effectiveness.


  • Lifetime Membership in the Association of Performing Arts Professionals November 2018
  • Board Emeritus board membership from the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT) Board of Directors April 2016
  • "Halsey and Alice North Award for Committed Excellence and Service to the Field by an Alumni Board Member" from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals FIRST RECIPIENTS 2013; subsequent recipients are 2014 Mikki Shepard, Apollo Theater Foundation, NYC; 2015 Lisa Booth, Lisa Booth Management, NYC; 2016 Ken Fischer, University Musical Society (UMS), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; 2017 Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU Gammage, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • Chairman's Award from Americans for the Arts 1993
  • Fan Taylor Award from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals for outstanding service, creative thinking, leadership, and significant impact on the profession of presenting the performing arts 1988
  • Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Association of Arts Councils 1979

Assisted, among others [bold signifies major, active, and/or ongoing clients]:

  • Arkansas:
    Walton Arts Center
      and Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville
    Writers’ Colony in Eureka Springs
  • Alabama:
    The Arts Council in Huntsville
    Princess Theatre in Decatur
  • California:
    Arts Council of Santa Clara County in San Jose
    Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto
    George Coates Performance Works,
      and San Francisco Girls Chorus in San Francisco
    Oakland Youth Chorus in Oakland
    San Diego Theatres
    UC Davis Presents in Davis
  • Colorado:
    Dance Aspen in Aspen
    Lincoln Center in Fort Collins
  • Connecticut:
    Garde Arts Center in New London
    Warner Theatre in Torrington 
  • Delaware:
    Wilmington Music School
      and Brandywine Baroque in Wilmington 
  • Florida:
    Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale
    Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Miami
    Jacksonville Art Museum in Jacksonville
    Ruth Eckerd Hall/Capitol Theatre in Clearwater
    Tampa Theatre Foundation in Tampa 
  • Georgia:
    Southern Arts Federation (now South Arts)
      and Metro Arts in Atlanta
    Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies in Rome
  • Hawaii:
    Honolulu Theatre For Youth in Honolulu, Oahu
    Hui No 'eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao, Maui
    Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, Maui
  • Idaho:
    Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise
    Idaho Falls Arts Council/Willard Arts Center/Colonial Theatre in Idaho Falls
  • Illinois:
    Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Jacksonville
  • Indiana:
    Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
    The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel
  • Iowa:
    FilmScene and The Englert Theatre, Iowa City
    Main Street Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Des Moines
  • Kansas
    Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation in Pittsburg
    The Orpheum Performing Arts Centre in Wichita
  • Maine:
    Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport
    Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick
    University of Maine/Augusta
      and The Maine Arts Sponsors Association in Augusta
    Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle
  • Maryland:
    Maryland State Arts Council
      and Baltimore Opera Company in Baltimore
  • Massachusetts:
    Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation in Brookline
    The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield
    Dreamland Theater in Nantucket
    Institute of Contemporary Art
      and Boston Computer Society in Boston
  • Michigan:
    Cherry County Playhouse in Traverse City
    Michigan Foundation for the Arts (now Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs) in Lansing
    Michigan Theater Foundation and The State & Michigan Project in Ann Arbor
  • Mississippi:
    Mississippi Arts Commission
  • Missouri:
    Joplin Business and Industrial Development Corporation/City of Joplin/Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce/Joplin Center for Arts & Entertainment project
      and Connect2Culture/Joplin Center for Arts & Entertainment project in Joplin
  • Nebraska:
      and Nebraska Arts Council in Omaha
  • New Hampshire:
    Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord
    North Country Studio Workshops in Hanover
  • New Jersey:
    Arts & Business Partnership of Southern New Jersey in Cape May
    Montclair Art Museum in Montclair
    New Brunswick Cultural Center in New Brunswick
    New Jersey State Council on the Arts Challenge Fund
    State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick
    Wheaton Village Glass Center in Millville
  • New Mexico:
    Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
  • New York:
    American Academy in Rome,
      American Institute of Graphic Arts,
      American Music Center,
      Association of Hispanic Arts,
      Chamber Music America,
      Cultural Council Foundation,
      Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center,
      Hostos Culture & Arts Program,
      National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts,
      Negro Ensemble Company,
      Network of Cultural Centers of Color,
      New York University Department of Art,
      and North American Performing Arts Managers & Agents in New York City
    The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy
    Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie
    Clemens Center in Elmira
    East End Arts Council in Riverhead
    Empire State Craft Alliance in Corning
    Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg
    Historic Albany Foundation in Albany
    Hudson Opera House in Hudson
    NYS Arts/Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations in Mattituck
    Orpheus Theatre in Oneonta
    Proctors in Schenectady
    Roberson Center in Binghamton
    Rome Capitol Theatre in Rome
    The Stanley Performing Arts Center in Utica
    The Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown
    Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs
    Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston
    Arts Westchester in White Plains
  • North Carolina:
    Alliance for a Regional Concert Hall
      and Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Wilmington
    Ashe County Little Theatre in West Jefferson
    Asheville Arts Council in Asheville
    Carolina Theatre
      and Durham Arts Council in Durham
    Charlotte Arts & Science Council
      and Spirit Square Cultural Center in Charlotte
    Little Theatre of Winston Salem in Winston-Salem
    North Carolina Arts Council,
      Raleigh Little Theatre,
      and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County in Raleigh
  • Ohio:
    E.J. Thomas Hall/University of Akron
    and Akron Civic Theatre in Akron
    Great Lakes Theater/Hanna Theatre project
      and Dance Cleveland in Cleveland
    Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District

      and Dayton Art Institute in Dayton
    Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin
    Renaissance Performing Arts Association in Mansfield
  • Oregon:
    Oregon Arts Commission in Salem
  • Pennsylvania:
    Allegheny Highlands Regional Theatre in Ebensburg
    ArtsQuest/SteelStacks Project in Bethlehem
    Association for the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville
    Cumberland Valley School of Music in Chambersburg
    Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance in Philadelphia
    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in Harrisburg
    Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
      and Pittsburgh Filmmakers in Pittsburgh
    Reading Symphony in Reading
    Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
      and Lackawana Regional Cultural Council in Scranton
    State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton
    Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York
  • Puerto Rico:
    Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico in San Juan
  • South Carolina:
    Newberry Opera House in Newberry
  • Tennessee:
    ArtsBuild/Allied Arts Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga
    Germantown Performing Arts Centre in Germantown
    Memphis Arts Council
    Metro Nashville Arts Commission
    National Storytelling Association in Jonesborough
    Tennessee Arts Commission
  • Texas:
    Arts Council of Fort Worth
       and Tarrant County in Fort Worth
    Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County in Houston
    Irving Arts Center in Irving
    Opera & Performing Arts Society (OPAS) at Texas A&M University in College Station
    Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council in Texarkana
    Zachary Scott Theatre Center
      and Center for Women+Their Work in Austin
  • Utah:
    Utah Arts Council and Western Folklife Center in Salt Lake City
  • Vermont:
    Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington
  • Virginia:
    American String Teachers Association with National School Orchestra Association in Fairfax
    The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville
    Peninsula Council of the Arts in Hampton
    Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna
  • Washington, DC:
    Americans for the Arts
    Association of Performing Arts Professionals
    National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
    National Endowment for the Arts
    Takoma Theatre Conservancy
  • West Virginia:
    Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg
    Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia in Charleston
  • Wisconsin:
    Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership/Windhover Center for the Arts/Arts, Education & Entertainment District project in Fond du Lac
    Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton
    Grand Theater/ArtsBlock project in Wausau
    Kohler Arts Center in Kohler
    Overture Center for the Arts in Madison
    Racine Art Museum in Racine
  • Great Britain:
    The Arts Council of Great Britain/British-American Arts Association in London

Other work experience:

  • Managing Consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts’ 1988-89 and 1989-90 Advancement Programs, leading 16 consultants providing planning and technical assistance to 100 arts organizations nationwide, helping them develop long-range strategic plans
  • Executive Director of New York City's Cultural Council Foundation 1983-87
  • Vice President of C.W. Shaver & Company, fundraising firm 1980-83
  • Director of Corporate Contributions of Philip Morris Companies 1979-80 (now Altria Group, Inc.)
  • Executive Director of the Charlotte Arts & Science Council 1976-79 and, simultaneously, creator and first Executive Director of Charlotte's Spirit Square Cultural Center, an anchor for revitalization of Charlotte's downtown 1976-78
  • Executive Director of the North Carolina Arts Council 1974-1976
  • Managing Producer of the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem 1971-74

Recent and upcoming workshops:

  • Association of Performing Arts Professionals Conference (formerly Association of Performing Arts Presenters) 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • League of Historic American Theaters Conference 2001; 2002; 2003; 2-day 2004; 2005; 1-day 2006; 2-day 2007; 2008; 1½ day 2009; San Antonio Annual 2010; 1-day pre-conference + Annual Schenectady 2011; San Diego Annual 2012; Dallas Regional/Minneapolis Annual 2013; Chicago Regional/NYC Annual/Seattle Regional 2014; and Des Moines Regional/Nashville Annual/Denver Regional 2015
  • Art House Convergence, Midway in Utah 2015, just prior to the Sundance Film Festival
  • Main Street Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Des Moines 1-day Historic Theater and Opera House Workshop 2013

Board member:

  • League of Historic American Theatres Board member 2010-2016; Board Emeritus board member since 2016; Chair, Governance Committee 2010-2015; Executive Committee 2014-2015
  • Association of Performing Arts Professionals 1976-1981; Executive Committee 1976-1978; Treasurer 1979-1981; conference presenter 1976-2016; recipient 1988 Fan Taylor Award for outstanding service, creative thinking, leadership, and significant impact on the profession of presenting the performing arts; organizer and host of annual Board alumni gatherings to keep former Board members connected and engaged with the Association 1987-2012; Halsey and Alice were first recipients 2013 of the Halsey and Alice North Award for Committed Excellence and Service to the Field by an Alumni Board Member
  • Founding board member: North Carolina Alliance for Arts in Education, North Carolina Association of Arts Councils, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, and Southern Arts Federation
  • Former Board member: NYS Arts/Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations,  and National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies (now American for the Arts)


  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art Friends of Asian Art since 2012; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Department of Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa since 2007; Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries since 1999
  • Shakespeare's Globe Centre - USA Patron since 2015; Signature Theatre since 2012; New York City Center since 2003; League of Historic American Theatres since 2000; Association of Performing Arts Professionals since 1975
  • Former member: The Juilliard School Drama Council, National Endowment for the Arts' State Arts Council Policy Panel, Locals Panel, Inter-Arts Panel, Advancement Panel, and Presenting Panel; New York City Arts Coalition Steering Committee; New York State Council on the Arts' Technical Assistance Grant Panel 2011 and Arts Service Organizations Panel; New Jersey State Council on the Arts' Major Impact Organization Panel; and North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources' Theatre Arts Section Panel

Publications with Alice North:

  • With Louise Cort, "A Conversation with Fukami Sueharu" in Fukami: Purity of Form edited by Andreas Marks (University of Washington Press, May 2011), the catalogue for the exhibition on view March 25 to July 30, 2011, at the Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture.
  • With Joe Earle, CONTEMPORARY CLAY: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century (Japan Society, Inc., 2006), the catalogue for the exhibition on view September 29, 2006, to January 21, 2007, at the Japan Society Gallery, New York, NY
  • With Joe Earle, Curator and Chair, Art of Asia, Oceania, & Africa, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (now Vice President of Japan Society and Director of the Japan Society Gallery), CONTEMPORARY CLAY: Japanese Ceramics for the New Century (MFA Publications, 2005), the catalogue for the exhibition on view October 7, 2005, to July 9, 2006, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Chapter on fundraising for Fundamentals of Arts Management and a Fundraising Online Course offered through the Arts Extension Service of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1987 and revised 1994

Japan experience with Alice North:

  • Created, produced, and coordinated the New York Japan Society/North Group tours to Japan focusing on contemporary Japanese ceramics in 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, and 1999 and North Group tours in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2009
  • Lectured on contemporary Japanese ceramics at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, New York’s Japan Society, New York University, Colorado’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Boston's Nichols House Museum, Oregon's Portland Art Museum, Arizona's ASU Art Museum/Ceramics Research Center, and Hawaii's Maui Arts & Cultural Center
  • Lectured on traveling in Japan at New York’s Japan Society
  • Co-curated Breaking from Tradition: Japanese Ceramics Today at Harvey / Meadows Gallery, Aspen, CO, August 2009
  • Hosted groups from the Art Institute of Chicago; Brooklyn Museum; Honolulu Museum of Art; Japan Society Friends of the Gallery; James Renwick Alliance; Japanese Art Society of America; LA County Art Museum East Asian Art Council; MFA Boston Visiting Committee of the Department of Asia, Africa, & Oceania; MFA Boston Museum Council; Mint Museum of Craft+Design; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Portland Art Museum; and San Francisco Museum of Asian Art for tours of the Halsey and Alice North Collection of contemporary Japanese sculptural ceramics

MBA in performing arts management and a BA in economics
Attended the arts management program at Harvard University



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