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Maurine Knighton

Program Director for the Arts

Maurine Knighton is the program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. In that capacity, she supervises a $15 million grants program focusing on organizations and artists in the theater, contemporary dance, jazz and presenting fields.

Knighton’s previous positions include senior vice president for Grantmaking at the Nathan Cummings Foundation; executive producer and president of 651 Arts; senior vice president at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone; program manager at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, where she established and managed the Community Alliances program of the Cultural Facilities Fund; and managing director of the Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, MN. Knighton has also served as board member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Grantmakers in the Arts, and panelist and advisor to the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Arts Presenters Ensemble Theater Program and others. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.

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