New Jersey Theatre Alliance has announced that Laura Hay of Hartsdale, New York, has been elected to the Alliance’s Board of Trustees. Hay is a Principal in KPMG’s Insurance Practice, serving as the Americas Sector Leader for Insurance in the firm’s New York headquarters. She is also a member of KPMG’s Board of Directors and a member of the KPMG Foundation Board, elected in 2011 after joining KPMG in 1993.
“Laura Hay is an excellent addition to our board,” said Natalie Watson, Esq., partner at McCarter and English and president of the Alliance’s Board of Trustees. “Her financial acumen combined with her genuine passion for theatre will be of great benefit to the Alliance and our members. I look forward to working with her as we fulfill our mission to unite, promote, strengthen, and cultivate the professional theatres of the Garden State.”
Mathematics, statistics, and actuarial science are not Hay’s only aptitudes. She has been involved in the world of theatre since age 10, so is excited to be serving on the Board of New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a service organization which assists the state’s 35 professional, non-profit theatres in a variety of ways, including audience development and capacity building.
“New Jersey Theatre Alliance is an amazing organization supporting professional theatre, arts education, and a strong culture of diversity and inclusion,” said Hay. “I am thrilled to be part of such a great group of people of all backgrounds who work together collaboratively to strengthen and support theatre for all to enjoy.”
Hay has been in love with the theatre as long as she can remember, including countless hours of plays imagined and developed in her family basement. She got “hooked” at age 10 when she participated in her first show, The Wizard of Oz. Throughout her teen years and her 20s, she was involved in over 100 shows, mostly musicals. She has been on stage in many capacities, from chorus to leading roles in classics such as Oklahoma and Bye Bye Birdie. She has also worked backstage as stage manager, musical director, conductor, and director.
While a student at the University of California, Berkeley, Hay noticed a lack of musical theatre, so she and a friend started a student-run organization focused on musicals. After college, Hay joined the Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Company, where she started in the chorus, moved up to choreographer (and cast member), and then finally became the company’s director, at age 27.
In 2012 Hay was named to Consulting Magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting List. She is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in statistics from UC Berkeley.
Founded in 1981, New Jersey Theatre Alliance was the first statewide service organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies in the United States, and is now a leader in developing model programs that foster collaboration, cooperation, and audience development. For arts patrons, the Alliance provides a variety of services to enhance their theatre-going experience, such as The Stages Festival, a statewide festival of theatre in March offering free or discounted performances and programs.
Funding for New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, is provided in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations, including the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Prudential Foundation, Bank of America, New Jersey Cultural Trust, and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.