A nationally recognized Producer, Presenter and Entertainment Executive, Scott Shiller was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in 2015. As President & CEO, Shiller has overall responsibility for the DCPA’s programmatic, operating, revenue, marketing, development and administrative functions.
He comes to the DCPA from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County where he served as Executive Vice President from 2007 to 2015. With direct oversight of programming and marketing initiatives, Shiller’s first season at the Center resulted in a $3.3 million turnaround, more than 100 sold-out performances, and a 76% increase in attendance. Shiller eliminated the Center’s accumulated deficit and created reserve funds for both Arts Education and Capital Improvement.
In addition to improvement in financial performance and attendance figures, Shiller led the Arsht Center to receiving high marks from both critics and audiences for a variety of Arsht Center regional productions. These include H2Ombe, Fuerza Bruta, The Donkey Show, the regional premiere Peter & The Starcatcher, the original musical Miami Libre, the launch of the worldwide tour Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Sparrow, Death and Harry Houdini and the immersive production of The Nutcracker, A Magical New Play.
Scott has worked extensively to broaden opportunities for students and the diverse audience base in the greater Miami area. Leading a multi-disciplinary arts center has provided an opportunity to expand the Arsht Center’s connections to the community through genres ranging from classical music to hip hop and from theatre to jazz. Under Shiller’s leadership, the Arsht Center designed programs to welcome new patrons of all ages and backgrounds — family performances, gospel Sundays and extensive partnerships through the Miami-Dade County Public School District. One model program is Learning Through the Arts in which 25,000 students — every fifth-grader in the county — was invited to enjoy Rock Odyssey, an innovative, rock opera approach to Homer’s Odyssey. As an ongoing, free program, hundreds of thousands of school children will ultimately be introduced to the magic of theatre.
Prior to moving to Miami, Shiller was Executive Vice President for the commercial theatre producing company TheatreDreams and led the programming team for the Legendary Chicago Theatre in Chicago’s downtown loop and the famous Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. Shiller began his career working with Tony Award-winning producer Jon B. Platt on productions including Wicked (Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Joel Grey), Man of La Mancha (Brian Stokes Mitchell), Sly Fox (Richard Dreyfuss), The Graduate (Kathleen Turner, Alicia Silverstone, Jason Biggs), Blue Man Group: Tubes, Cabaret (Teri Hatcher, Norbert Leo Butz), Master Class (Faye Dunaway), Wait Until Dark (Quentin Tarantino, Marisa Tomei), Taller than a Dwarf (Matthew Broderick, Parker Posey), Macbeth (Kelsey Grammer), The Diary of Anne Frank (Natalie Portman), and The Vagina Monologues (Eve Ensler).
A former adjunct professor at DePaul University and a frequent lecturer at the University of Miami, Shiller has presented and produced engagements in New York, Boston, DC, Chicago, Miami, San Fran, LA, and Philadelphia. In 2011, Shiller was named to the prestigious 40 Under 40 list by South Florida Business Journal. He has presented thousands of events spanning the Concert, Comedy, Television, Dance, Jazz and Broadway genres.