Ray Cullom, CEO, Tateuchi Center
Since his arrival to Bellevue in summer 2018, Ray has been the catalyst for the new vision of PACE: bringing together arts, culture, and technology for a unique 21st century cultural arts hub to serve Eastside residents and their families for generations. He has an extensive history working on the development of new performing arts spaces, both commercial and not-for-profit, and on the programming of exciting arts and cultural events all over the world.
Ray’s work in the development of innovative performance spaces ranges from small Off-Broadway Theaters on 42nd Street in New York City, to the recently opened 650,000 sq. ft./$450M (USD) Zorlu Center for the Performing Arts in Istanbul, Turkey, to a new 2000-seat Theater designed specifically for Broadway productions located in Shanghai’s North Bund neighborhood.
Most recently, as the Senior VP for International Projects and Development for Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment in New York City, Ray worked on innovative theatrical productions and new arts buildings throughout Europe and Asia in developing markets for the arts. Earlier, Ray held positions in General Management and Production with several major touring Broadway musicals; served as Director of two major regional theaters, including the Tony Award® winning Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut; and has directed performing arts series programming for major arts organizations in the USA and internationally.
Ray holds an A.B. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and lives in Clyde Hill with his wife Meryl, a distinguished arts education professional, and their 3 children. He was recognized as Not-for-Profit Businessman of the Year by the NYC/Queens Chamber of Commerce in 2013.