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Founding Director

Thomas Breeden is an arts administrator, writer, and musician. He is the Founding Director of Artstitution, an educational organization dedicated building the arts through storytelling, and host of the podcast Artists at Work. He currently works as Communications Associate for The Richmond Forum, America's largest non-profit speaker series, based in Richmond, Virginia, and is on the board of directors for 5th Wall Theatre and Karar Dance Company.

Previously, Thomas served as Development Assistant for the School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC) in Richmond, VA, and as Administrative and Executive Assistant at Eastern Music Festival (EMF) in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was the inaugural Program Coordinator for the Private Lessons Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro College of Visual and Performing Arts, where he grew the program to reach 49 students and employ 13 student instructors. Thomas graduated summa cum laude from the University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Arts Administration.

In addition to his administrative work, Thomas's technical background includes serving as Assistant Technical Director at EMF, light and sound operator for Off the Beaten Path's production of Circle Mirror Transformation, working as sound recordist and editor for the award-winning web series Library Freaks, and producer and editor for Artists at Work.

An avid musician and songwriter, Thomas performed and produced an EP of original music, “Roundabout.” He has arranged music for ensembles from jazz bands and double reed ensembles to concert bands and orchestras, and has taught musical theatre, private lessons, marching band, and worked with middle school bands and orchestras. Thomas is writing and composing an original musical about the challenges of living with mental illness, based in part on his own experiences.

Thomas enjoys graphic design, doing the daily New York Times crossword, listening to podcasts, binge-watching the best of streaming, and spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their cat. Thomas resides in Richmond, VA.

Board of directors

Thomas Breeden, President