Kurt Howard is managing director of OPERA America, overseeing the areas of finance and operations, including those of OPERA America’s National Opera Center. Howard has been responsible for revenue growth and cost containment across all departments since early 2014, and he serves as advisor for the New York Opera Alliance. He was previously with Fort Worth Opera, where over the span of a 10-year career he served as both production manager and stage manager. He led the production team through the transition into a repertory/festival format and was directly responsible for all aspects of production, including the development of new works premiered at Fort Worth Opera. He was the organization’s producing director from 2010–2015. His responsibilities included artistic and creative team management, budget development, and management and production oversight. Howard has been associated with OPERA America for several years, chairing the Technical/Production Forum and participating in the Electronic Media and New Works Forums, as well as serving as an adjudication panelist for the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase and as a member of the Strategy Committee.