meet our next executive director!
Dr. Carla Walter has been named the next Executive Director of San Francisco based sketch comedy company Killing My Lobster, and will take over for outgoing Executive Director Millie Brooks this month.
Dr. Walter joins Killing My Lobster in its 21st year producing live sketch comedy in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. In the last 4 years, under the leadership of Artistic Director Allison Page, and Executive Director Millie Brooks, KML has experienced rapid growth on all fronts, with consistent, forward-thinking live productions, and expanded educational offerings in both comedic writing and performance.
Killing My Lobster’s staff and board are confident that Dr. Walter’s leadership will help KML to continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible through sketch comedy, while fostering relationships within the greater Bay Area community, expanding corporate offerings, and facilitating KML’s next stage of growth, both financially, and administratively.
“The Board of Directors and I were extremely impressed with Dr. Walter’s experience, which includes years of deep nonprofit, fundraising, strategic planning and theater arts management experience. We are all excited to be working with her. We are confident that Dr. Walter, partnering with Artistic Director Allison Page and Managing Director Max Maliga, will take KML to even higher levels, building even more upon the explosive growth and strong foundation that has been established over the past four years.” - KML Board President Joe DiGiacomo
Carla Walter, PhD, MBA comes to the Executive Director role at Killing My Lobster with extensive leadership experience in both the not-for-profit and for-profit fields. Most recently she led Presidio Graduate School after having been Vice President and Dean at Chabot College in Hayward, California.
Before relocating to the Bay Area, Dr. Walter served as Director, Arts Management Program and Associate Professor of Marketing and Management, at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks, California. Earlier in her career, Dr. Walter spent time as Associate Professor, and MBA Program Director at Missouri Southern State University, in Joplin, Missouri.
Ahead of moving into a career in academia, Dr. Walter held the distinction of Founder and Executive Director, West Coast Festival Ballet Theatre, Temecula, California. She incorporated this professional company from inception as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit enterprise, and produced contemporary ballet programing with stellar reviews.
Dr. Walter loves to write and has published books, journal articles, book chapters, and proceedings publications. Her most recent text, Arts Management: An Entrepreneurial Approach (Routledge 2015) provides a view of the nonprofit field that considers a wide array of topics confronting the culturepreneur, including cultural policy and social fundraising. Additionally, she published Dance, Consumerism, and Spirituality (Palgrave MacMillian) in October 2014. Her latest article will be featured in Unity Magazine, “Dance that Really Delivers,” in June 2018.
Dr. Walter received her doctorate in Dance History and Theory from the University of California, Riverside, an MBA from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Bachelor’s in Economics from UC Riverside.