Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer
Andy Sandberg was appointed Artistic Director and CEO of the Hermitage in 2019. An accomplished director, writer, and Tony Award-winning producer whose national and international career has been committed to new work and artist development, Sandberg was selected to lead the organization following an extensive national search.
Since joining the Hermitage in January of 2020, Sandberg has guided the organization through a period of significant growth and transition, despite the challenges of COVID-19. Over the past three seasons, the organization has dramatically expanded its programming, more than tripled its fundraising, embarked on a new strategic plan, completed a campus-wide restoration, and established dozens of new collaborative partnerships throughout the region and across the country. Under Sandberg’s leadership through the pandemic, the Hermitage was one of the nation’s earliest and most successful adapters to find safe and innovative opportunities for live programming, creating unique outdoor and virtual experiences for artists and audiences alike.
Sandberg’s theatrical work has been represented in New York City, London, and throughout the United States. In 2009, at the age of 25, he became the youngest producer in history to win a Tony Award. Sandberg’s Broadway and West End producing credits include the hit revival of Hair (2009 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Awards); the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, starring James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette, Candice Bergen, and Eric McCormack (2012 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Nominations); and Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses, a critically acclaimed new play starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei.
Sandberg directed the London premiere of Jeannette Bayardelle’s Shida, which opened to rave reviews and earned 2019 Off West End Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Lead Actress. He previously directed the world premiere of Shida Off-Broadway at Ars Nova (four AUDELCO Award Nominations, including Best Director and Best Musical) and at the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA). Sandberg has been represented Off-Broadway as the director of Straight, named a Critics’ Pick by The New York Times, which cited that the production was “directed with polished finesse.” He previously wrote and directed the critically acclaimed world premiere of Application Pending, a comedy about kindergarten admissions (BroadwayWorld Award: Best Off-Broadway Play, Drama Desk Nomination: Outstanding Solo Show, Winner: Book Pipeline Prize). Additional world premieres that he has directed include Alan Brody’s historical drama Operation Epsilon (four IRNE Awards, including Best Play and Best Director), the Off-Broadway comedy Craving for Travel (also co-author), and the Off-Broadway musicals The Last Smoker in America, Neurosis, and R.R.R.E.D. In 2020, he directed How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for the Maltz Jupiter Theater.
Born and raised in New York, Sandberg is a graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in English and Theater Studies. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), and the Off-Broadway League. He has served on the boards of The Browning School (NYC), the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, the Yale Dramatic Association, the Whiffenpoof Alumni Association, and the Yale Alley Cats Alumni Organization (founder and longtime president). He recently served as President of the Browning Alumni Association.
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Amy Wallace has a wide range of development experience, spending six years at New College Foundation in a variety of roles including fundraising, prospect research, donor relations, and database management. Most recently at New College, Amy held the position of director of philanthropy.
She spent many years in corporate financial services and human resources before transitioning to a career in nonprofit development and philanthropy. She holds the Blackbaud bCRE certification and is currently pursuing the Certificate in Fundraising Management designation through the IU Lilly School of Philanthropy. Amy is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals and a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
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Elizabeth Power joins the Hermitage Artist Retreat as Operations Director with more than 20 years of experience in music education and arts administration.
Having started her study on the violin at age 8 in public school, by the age of 12 Elizabeth was encouraged to teach privately and has continued doing so for more than 25 years.
Her love of classical music was ignited by the movie “Amadeus,” inspiring her to continue her study of music through college. She has earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree of Music in Viola Performance at The Hartt School at University of Hartford, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Graduate Studies at The Juilliard School.
Through her love of music education, Elizabeth found her niche in supporting the development of young artists. This led her to Sarasota, Florida in 1999 to serve as the Education Director at the Sarasota Orchestra, running youth orchestra and summer camp programs for students, and creating more than a dozen music classes for all ages, engaging young children through retirees.
From 2004 through 2020, Elizabeth received the opportunity to work with Toby and Itzhak Perlman, running the 17-day PMP Winter Residency in Sarasota-Bradenton. This intensive program provides professional training for young international string students (ages 12-20+) of rare and special talent and invites the community to attend free and low-cost daily public events to hear them. As Executive Director of The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Elizabeth expanded annual programs to include multiple week-long residences featuring graduates of The Perlman Music Program performing in schools and throughout the community, established a unique partnership with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee to present programs on their campus, and designed and launched the PMP/Suncoast Super Strings program, offering Florida-based string students (ages 8-18) the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on stage with the PMP string students under the baton of international concert violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman.
James R. Monaghan
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Prior to becoming the literary manager and resident dramaturg at Asolo Repertory Theatre (Sarasota, Florida), James wrote about theatrical design as the Tow Foundation Fellow in the Roundabout Theatre Company Archives, created a one-on-one theatrical experience entitled [antidote] for the National Theatre of Croatia in Rijeka, and worked in the literary department of the Play Company in New York. He has been a resident artist at the Catwalk Institute, was recently featured in the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas’ newsletter and recently directed a digital production of Spring Awakening with the Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Before completing his MFA at Columbia University, James received his BFA with honors from New York University, and worked as an educator and director in his hometown of Houston, Texas.
Executive Assistant/Residency Coordinator
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A St. Louis and Central Illinois native, Sydney is proud to call the Suncoast her new home. Prior to her time at the Hermitage, Sydney worked extensively at performing arts organizations in both administrative and technical capacities including the Forestburgh Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Group, Tent Theatre, Effingham Performance Center, and Asolo Repertory Theatre. From her first dance recital at age three, to loading in national touring acts part-time after school, and graduating from Missouri State University with honors and a degree in theatre operations and leadership – the arts have been a staple of her life.
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Laura Milone has been a lifelong resident of South Florida. Growing up in an extensively artistic family, she has a deep-rooted love and appreciation for the arts. Over the past eleven years, she has worked for Pine Crest Preparatory School in Fort Lauderdale, where she held various titles and managed multiple teams of employees within the education field. Laura started her career in development at Pine Crest in 2011 when she was hired to assist with alumni relations and to develop various marketing materials. Working closely with the development director, she spent the next six years assisting in the organization of all alumni and fundraising events. She recently relocated to the Gulf Coast, where she is pleased to be a part of the team at the Hermitage Artist Retreat.
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Whitney Stone is an arts administrator and theater director dedicated to supporting generative artists. A longtime resident of New York City, Whitney has occupied many roles over her fifteen-year career. She is a seasoned choreographer and was a member of the faculty at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Whitney is working towards her Graduate Certificate in Arts Leadership & Cultural Management through the University of Connecticut. She studied directing with Seth Barrish of The Barrow Group, and she has a BFA in Theatre Arts Performance from Hofstra University. Whitney has worked with the Marin Theatre Company, and she is an alumna of Directors Lab West, as well as an associate member of SDC.
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Adrienne Hill, a native of Southwest Florida, started her career in development whilst studying history at New College of Florida. She previously worked at the New College Foundation as a prospect researcher and student ambassador. At the same time, she gained experience in event management by assisting in the organization of the 2022 biannual New College Medieval and Renaissance Conference. She graduated from New College of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in political science.
Artist Alumni Coordinator
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Kaitlin Smith, a Georgia native, is happy to call the Gulf Coast her new home. Prior to her time at the Hermitage, she studied at Georgia Film Academy and worked as a production assistant in the Atlanta film industry. She also served as stage manager for RoleCall Theater’s production of Sylvia. Kaitlin graduated from Young Harris College with a B.A. in Theatrical Production and Design and a minor in Cinematic Arts. During her time at Young Harris, she worked in a variety of technical production roles, including her favorite: stage management. She is an alumna of the Gamma Psi sorority, where she had the opportunity to serve as Alumni Chair, connecting with a large group of alums spanning across the United States and around the world. She is excited to connect with our artist alumni and be a part of the team at the Hermitage.