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Allison M Keating

Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Allison leads Levitt LA’s mission driven programming and builds sustainable nonprofit developments. She is a theater director, performance artist, and artist curator, encouraging and advancing more opportunities for free access to quality artistic experiences as a public good, for which she has dedicated her career. As an artist curator and performance programmer, Keating produces the Wild Art Party series, nights of extreme creative freedom for artists to perform and experiment in a low pressure environment with a supportive audience to foster a greater experimental performance audience in Los Angeles. Keating was the Co-Director & Curator of Performance at Los Angeles Nomadic Division, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to commissioning site/situation specific contemporary public artworks. She also held the position as the Artistic Assistant at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills where she programed free outdoor concert series and a large two day festival of local artists. In New York City, Keating was Artistic & Development Associate at 3LD Art & Technology Center where she curated resident artists and founded the 3LD Media Arts Program, curating digital, media and trans-media artists. Keating helped produce and curate several large scale community art events at 3LD which featured nights of free art exhibitions, performances, and technology demonstrations to the public. Allison M Keating received her BFA in Drama at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and a Directing MFA from the School of Theater at the California Institute of the Arts with an auxiliary MFA in Integrated Media.

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Matthew Himes

Director of Programming & Production

As Director of Programming & Production, Matthew curates a unique blend of 50 free concerts, booking over 150 performances each summer. He has over 15 years of experience in the Southern California’s music and art scenes, booking international and local talent across jazz, rock, hip-hop, funk, Latin music and many more. Before joining Levitt, he was the Festival Director at Eagle Rock Music Festival, Talent Buyer for Perch and Mrs. Fish, Production Manager at Spaceland Presents, and has consulted in the production of concerts and festivals like the L.A. Philharmonic 100 year Anniversary Celebration, Anderson Paak in the Park, Desert Daze, Cloak & Dagger, Echo Park Rising, KCRW’s Masquerade Ball, FOLAR, Mad Ave to name a few. He has also served as Tour Manager and FOH Audio Engineer for artists like Thelma Houston, Vince Staples, The Lemonheads, Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions, The Expanders, and many more. Matthew was a co-founder of L.A. Fort, a cooperative DIY artistic space that encourages collaboration between diverse artists and an active member of the arts collective FMLY. He loves listening to gospel, shoegaze, afrobeat, global bass, motown, and chicha, among other genres.

Sidney Kimme

Sidney Kimme

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Sidney overseas Levitt LA’s sustainable governance. Sidney is an accomplished entertainment executive with 20+ years’ experience driving quality and profitability of media production for one of the largest themed entertainment companies in the US. Prior to the post at Levitt LA, Sidney played a number of responsible roles such as an advisor for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games, creative director of media exhibition at World Expos, and the executive director of the Los Angeles Korean Festival, etc. As a strategist and leader, she is known for accomplishing growth and profitability with expertise in new business development.

During her 16 years of tenure at Showscan Entertainment as the Chief Creative Officer and later Chief Operating Officer, she managed over 100 employees worldwide while producing numerous media content for various platforms including two award-winning documentary features and 30+ attraction films for theme parks, museums, and planetariums. Sidney is a proud graduate of the Korea Academy of Film Arts, a national graduate film school owned and operated by the South-Korean government. She was recognized by the City of Los Angeles twice for her contribution to the diversity and the Korean community in Los Angeles.


Allegra Padilla

Director of Community Relations & Partnerships

As Director of Community Relations & Partnerships, Allegra develops equitable and sustainable community engagement strategies to connect Levitt LA to the Westlake neighborhood and beyond.  A lifelong Angeleno, she brings 15 years of experience in the non-profit field, focusing on community organizing, youth development, arts, and culture. She received her education in the communities where she has worked—Pasadena City College and UC Santa Cruz—earning a BA in Community Studies and Art History. She has worked with: Occidental College, Heidi Duckler Dance, Jewish Vocational Service, 24th Street Theatre, Homies Unidos, and Inner City Law Center. She was a Cultural Policy ACTIVATE fellow with Arts for LA in 2016-17 and a mentee of the Women of Color in the Arts Leadership Through Mentorship Program in 2018. Allegra has also served as a grants panelist with the LA City Department of Cultural Affairs, Long Beach Arts Council, LA County Arts Commission, the MAP Fund, and the CA Arts Council. All her work demonstrates her commitment to be a strategic community builder who is passionate about social justice and creating equitable access to the arts. When not activating the Levitt LA lawn she can be found hiking, traveling, attending cultural events, and enjoying many musical genres with loved ones such as global bass, hip-hop, reggae/dancehall, cumbia, and more.

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