Kara Medoff Barnett

Kara Medoff Barnett

Kara Silber Medoff
September 26, 1978
Durham, North Carolina

New York City


Greensboro Day School

Alma mater
Duke University
Harvard University

business executive, producer, arts administrator

Dev Mayer Barnett

Kara Medoff Barnett (born Kara Silber Medoff on 26 September 1978) is an American business executive, Tony Award-winning theatre producer, and arts administrator. She is the former Managing Director of Lincoln Center International and currently serves as the Executive Director of American Ballet Theatre.


1 Early life and education
2 Career
3 Personal life
4 References

Early life and education[edit]
Kara Silber Medoff was born on 26 September 1978 in Durham, North Carolina as the first of six children to Dr. Jeffrey Roy Medoff, a gastroenterologist and owner of a clinical medical research company, and Debra Silber.[1] She began training in ballet at the age of three in Chapel Hill, commuting from her family’s home in Durham. In 1986 her family moved to Greensboro and she enrolled as a student in the School of Greensboro Ballet, along with four of her siblings. She continued her ballet studies at the School of Greensboro Ballet while attending and later graduating from Greensboro Day School. She contemplated pursuing ballet professionally but, at 5-foot-9 inches, was considered too tall for many companies. Medoff earned a full Trinity Scholarship to attend Duke University, where she studied pre-medicine and dance and volunteered with the student-run Emergency Medical Services group.[2][3] After taking a course on Broadway productions taught by producer Emanuel Azenberg, Medoff changed her major to English with the hopes of becoming a Broadway producer. Medoff interned backstage on Broadway Shows for Azenberg and his production company and also spent a semester in New York City, through Duke’s Leadership Philanthropy & the Arts program, meeting non-profit executives and directors of different New York arts organizations. She also spent a summer abroad in London studying the West End theatre and Shakespeare. Medoff graduated summa cum laude from Duke in 2000.[4] She went on to earn her Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 2007.[5][6]
Medoff worked as senior director of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ capital campaign and director of strategy and business development. In 2012

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