Nacht Theatre Consulting, LLC

About Arthur Nacht


In 2001, I completed a successful career as a corporate financial executive. For fourteen years, I was Director of Financial Planning at Packard Bioscience Company as it grew to a $285 million revenue business. During that time, I built computer-based financial statement forecasting models and prepared analyses that were used by the chief executive officer for all elements of the company’s business planning. I also analyzed Packard’s worldwide corporate financial performance versus plan and designed computer-based systems for that purpose. For ten years, I was the principal of Corporate Financial Planning, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in computer-based financial modeling for corporate clients. Altogether, I have over thirty years of private sector experience preparing business plans, financial statement forecasts, performance metrics, and financial analyses for strategic purposes.


I have earned three university degrees: a BS in finance with honors from Syracuse University (1969), an MBA in finance from Harvard Business School (1971), and an MFA in theatre management from Yale School of Drama (2006). In my three years of study at Yale, I focused on modern theories of strategic planning and how they apply to not-for-profit performing arts organizations.


Quite recently, Alan Brown of WolfBrown Consulting and I completed a four-year project in which we evaluated the Leading for the Future initiative, a +$10 million program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The initiative was developed and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. The evaluation required very close attention to financial statement reporting (both internal and external) as well as forecasting by ten not-for-profit performing arts organizations including five theatres, four dance companies, and one presenting organization.


I have held several theatre management positions including Associate Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre, Management Fellow at American Repertory Theatre, Assistant Director of Marketing of Yale Repertory Theatre, and Managing Director of Yale Summer Cabaret. I am currently a board member and the treasurer of Yale Summer Cabaret.