David Mallette joined Management Consultants for the Arts in 2005 as an Associate after working for more than two decades as a performing arts administrator in theatre and dance. His background and skills bring together a unique blend of organizational leadership, production experience, creative innovation, and business acumen. He became an MCA Partner in 2015.
Mr. Mallette’s professional arts management experience began in 1984 at Houston’s Alley Theatre, where he was charged with both theatre operations and touring productions. He then joined Houston Ballet as company manager, where he was extensively involved in new productions and touring. In 1990, Mr. Mallette was asked to join (what was then) Fort Worth Ballet as executive director. During his tenure, Fort Worth Ballet would triple in size through its expansion across the region and the state, first as Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, then as Texas Ballet Theater. While he was executive director, the Company performed in over forty cities, including Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, and dozens of communities across Texas. At his departure from Texas Ballet Theater in 2005, his fifteen-year tenure made him the longest serving ballet executive director in North America.
His consultation experience has included work with large performing arts institutions, service organizations, and foundations as well as smaller institutions, individual artists, and festivals. Mr. Mallette has been a frequent speaker, author, and consultant in areas of organizational leadership and vision, crisis strategies, governance, and non-profit management. In addition to his professional demands, Mr. Mallette’s volunteer service to the field and to the community has included serving on numerous boards and panels, most significantly as chair of Dance/USA (2002-05), the national service organization for professional dance, with previous terms as treasurer and vice-chair. He has also advised and/or served as trustee on numerous non-profit boards and panels, including the Texas Commission on the Arts dance panel (as chair), the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, and the Mid-American Arts Alliance. He holds degrees in music and music education from Hardin-Simmons University.