Kamal Sinclair, MBA ~ Arts Consultant
Kamal Sinclair is a professional artist and MBA graduate, adept at balancing the creation and business of art. She has worked on consulting projects for the Woodruff arts Center, Fractured Atlas, Hank Willis Thomas, the National Black Arts Festival and others that led to effective outcomes, such as:
- over $12 million in funding for arts initiatives and arts education,
- the production of seven major audience engagement and fundraising events for arts institutions,
- engagement of over 3,000 new and diverse Generation X and Y patrons for arts institutions,
- evaluations of programs that provided key insights and recommendations to decision makers managing over 700,000 constituents,
- the development of an online business training center for artists and arts managers, serving 50,000 constituents,
- and the direct entrepreneurship training of over 1,000 artists and arts managers online and in live seminars.
Her professional career began as a cast member of the Off-Broadway hit STOMP, where she performed as a principal at the Orpheum Theater and in the national and international tours, as well as on the Emmy Awards, MTV’s Beach House, Good Morning America, The Today Show , BET, and PBS’s Reading Rainbow, among others. Additionally, she contributed as a dancer and choreographer to many offbeat offerings in the downtown Manhattan theater scene. Tours with groups such as STOMP, The Wildfire Theatre Group and Y.O.W. brought her to such far off locations as Hong Kong, Thailand, China, New Zealand, the Gambia, Germany, Brazil, and Chile.
Kamal’s entrepreneurial skills were honed in her role as founding artistic director of Universal Arts. During her time with the company, she oversaw nine productions in New York and San Francisco, including The Beatand Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. With Universal Arts, she had the pleasure of collaborating with Baakari Wilder (Noise/Funk), OBIE Award-winning playwright Robbie McCauley and many other talented artists. She coordinated Universal Arts performances at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, which resulted in the documentary film The Artists’ Journey. She wrote and directed the Oneness Awards at the Los Angeles Conga Room, awarding individuals such as Edward James Olmos and Niles Rodgers; and at Universal Studios Hollywood, where she worked with over 60 artists and honored such individuals and organizations asMichael Jackson, Ed Begley Jr. and the Jim Hensen Muppet Company.
She served as the artistic director for the National Black Arts Festival’s 2008 Winter Ball “The Art of Change”, with special guests Dr. Cornel West and Big Boi from Outkast; 2009 Gala “Brazilian Cool”, with special guests Samuel Jackson; and 2010 Gala “Stormy’s Supper Club”, with Jasmine Guy and Lynn Whitfield. Also, she served as the creative director for the Collective Renaissance Guild’s “Conversations and Cocktails with Wynton Marsalis,” “Class of 3000 Graduation Party” and “Power Generation Conference 2009,” with Jamie Fox, Wynton Marsalis, Ludacris, Kenny Burns and others. Finally, she served as associate producer of the 1st Annual Bay Area Tap Festival.
Kamal had the distinct honor of serving on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s Special Events Council, under the leadership of Stacii Jae Johnson. Additionally, she was a founding board member for Fractured Atlas, the Children’s Theatre Company of NYC, the Gallery Group and the Collective Renaissance Guild. She also served as an Ambassador for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, charged with helping to develop diverse audiences under the mentorship of Donna Walker-Kuhne; and a Teaching Artist in the New York City Public Schools through the historic Henry Street Settlement. Additionally, she teaches business courses to artists through the Savannah School of Art and Design (SCAD) and Fractured U: Continuing Education for the DIY Artist. Finally, she is a periodic contributor to the acclaimed theatre publication, Black Masks.
Kamal obtained her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated with honors from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business MBA program.