Lindsey began his professional career in 1980 at the Mark Taper Forum. During his time there, he was instrumental in creating the programs Jazz After Hours and Sundays At The Itchy Foot. After a period as Managing Director of The Repertory Theater Of Saint Louis, he was appointed Director of The Professional Theater Program at The University Of Michigan. During his time there, he directed the graduate program in Theater Management, produced Opera, Theater, and Dance productions, and co-created the Michigan Summer festival in 1984.
In 1985 as the General Manager of the Doolittle Theater in Los Angeles, he produced the West Coast premiere of Martha Clarke’s Garden Of Earthly Delights, The Gospel Of Colonus, and Jose Quintero’s production of The Iceman Cometh starring Jason Robards.
In 1991 Lindsey joined the Music Center Education Division as Managing Director. During his tenure at the Education Division programs, revenue and activities increased by more than 50%.
In 1998 he was appointed the General Manager of Programming at the Hollywood Bowl. At the Bowl, he developed the World Music Festival, Sunday Sunsets, and the two Jazz series.
In 2005 Lindsey created Flowerpot Productions. Among the notable achievements of Flowerpot Productions are: Highland, Heath, and Hollar – which toured nationally for three years, three national tours of the Taiko company Shidara from Japan, national and international tours with the Dance company Diavolo, and five years as producer of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho. Additionally, in collaboration with Ensemble Galilei and NPR correspondents, Anne Garrels and Neal Conan Flowerpot Productions produced Between War And Here, which blended poetry, music, and first-person testimony of the Gulf wars and toured nationally in 2018 and 2019.
Lindsey has additionally served as a consultant at the Cerritos Center, Kansas University, Northern Illinois University, and Walt Disney Feature Animation.
Anna Festa couples research practices with the visual and performing arts to expand the fields of education and human development. She is the Administrative Director for Flowerpot Productions. Anna and Lindsey have had a long-term relationship working collaboratively in the arts.
Some of her accomplishments include:
Before devoting her work to Flowerpot Productions, Anna served as the Director of Programs of Young Chicago Authors, a leading literary arts organization in Chicago that focuses on identity development and cultural grounding through writing, poetry, and performance. Young people establish their voice and are empowered as active citizens for social justice.
Anna has developed curriculum for the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, Chicago Public School District, the Music Center of Los Angeles, the Emmy Award Winning Directors’ Siskel & Jacobs, and numerous other arts organizations throughout the country. She toured the country as a spokesperson on major news channels for Sesame Street.
Anna has served in advisory roles at the School of the Art Institute and Art Institute of Chicago, and traveled the world as a professional dancer.
She holds a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Performance from Biola University, a Master’s in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and certificates in Advanced Youth Development and Arts Education from the Music Center and Actor’s Gang of Los Angeles.
In addition to being an administrative director, Anna is a mom, special needs and autism advocate, PTA Chairperson, and community organizer through the arts. She values celebration, service, and inclusiveness.