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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.

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Allegra Padilla

Director of Community Relations & Partnerships

As Director of Community Relations & Partnerships, Allegra Padilla develops equitable and sustainable community engagement strategies to connect with the Levitt LA-Westlake neighborhood and beyond.  Allegra brings 15 years of non-profit experience in 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. Her contributions include working with: Occidental College, Heidi Duckler Dance, Jewish Vocational Service, 24th Street Theatre, Homies Unidos and Inner City Law Center. She was an ACTIVATE fellow with Arts for LA focused on Cultural Policy in 2017 and a mentee of the Women of Color in the Arts Leadership Through Mentorship Program in 2018. Allegra has served as a grants panelist with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Long Beach Arts Council, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the MAP Fund and the California Arts Council. Her work demonstrates her commitment to being 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 such as global bass, hip-hop, reggae/dancehall, cumbia, and more.

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Nancy Arteaga

Director of Communications & Development

Nancy Marie Arteaga is Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles’ Director of Communications & Development. She has 12 years of experience managing Los Angeles based music groups through her company Nance Arte Productions, a full-service management, and production agency. Born in Downey, Nancy’s deep roots and passion for music have made her a staple of Southern California’s Latin, soul, and reggae communities. Her relationships with the Southland’s most up-and-coming bands including the Boogaloo Assassins, The Expanders, The Delirians, Extra Ancestral, Bobby Oroza, and Cutty Flam, as well as legacy acts such as rocksteady revivalists Hepcat and afro-funk ensemble Ethio Cali, reinforces Levitt LA’s connection with the local music scene.  

Levitt LA’s concert season will greatly benefit from Nancy’s large-scale event producing and marketing experience. She has created dozens of extremely well-received fundraising and community events including a ten-band, multi-genre tribute to the late Sharon Jones & Charles Bradley, The Big Crown Records Revue, and Dolores Huerta’s 81st Birthday Celebration. Additionally, she works with Spaceland Presents on the long-running dance party Funky Sole at The Echo. She has led fundraising efforts for a variety of Los Angeles nonprofits, including Team Brownsville. Her marketing experience includes work as the brand marketing manager for B-Real TVthe custom hat designers of Pachuco Supply, and Lalo Alcaraz. 

In addition to her musical and marketing expertise, Nancy is a special effects makeup artist and voiceover talent for major studios and has a degree in Nuclear Medicine. 

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