Ted DeDee
Ted DeDeePresident and CEOOverture Center for the Arts

Ted DeDee became President & CEO of Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin in April 2012. He assumed responsibilities of managing a 380,000 sq. ft. performing arts center with seven performance venues that opened in 2004 and still remains the largest, individual gift of its kind to the arts in any North American community. Ted’s first role at Overture was to lead the structural and organizational transformation of Overture Center Foundation from that of a city managed operation to that of a private nonprofit. Ted oversees a full-time staff of 60, a part-time staff of 350 and a corps of over 500 volunteers. In addition to presenting a major touring Broadway series along with a performing arts series and more than 200 free community events each year, Ted coordinates use of Overture by ten resident arts organizations and more than 50 other community groups, attracting close to six hundred thousand guests annually.

Ted moved to Madison with experience managing performing arts venues in Dallas, Nashville, Columbus, Ohio and New York State in a career that spans more than 40 years. He earned a degree in music education from the State University of New York (SUNY), College at Fredonia. During his career he has managed the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York; opened and managed the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas; served as executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville; helped design, construct and open the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville; and opened and managed the McCoy Community Center for the Arts in the Columbus suburb of New Albany, Ohio. Having an expertise in opening and managing new performing arts centers and organizations, he is frequently asked to consult on a number of new projects in their feasibility and design stages.

Since arriving in Madison, Ted has been appointed to both the Downtown Madison, Inc (DMI) board and the Advisory Board of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration in the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ted also serves on the Board of the Tessitura Network, the Governance Committee for the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) and the inaugural National Advisory Board of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at SUNY Fredonia.

Ted was recognized as Madison’s InBusiness Magazine Executive of the Year for mid-sized companies in 2014.

Ted is one of only about two dozen performing arts venue managers in North America to hold the title of Certified Facility Executive (CFE) from the International Association of Venue Managers.