National Sawdust Announces New Managing Director

By David Salazar

National Sawdust has named Ana De Archuleta as its new Managing Director.

In her new role, De Archuleta will work closely co-founder, composer, and artistic director Paola Prestini. She takes over for Managing Director Brian Berkopec.

“National Sawdust is one of the most impactful multidisciplinary arts organizations of the 21st century and an indispensable incubator of new music and sound innovation. We share the mission of empowering and amplifying artists, with focus on women, and other marginalized genders. I couldn’t be more thrilled to step into this role with such a talented team. I look forward to collaborating with the incredible composer Paola Prestini and the organization’s leadership team, Board, staff, and partners to build on National Sawdust’s international reputation,” De Archuleta said in an official press statement.

De Archuleta is the founder of A.D.A. Artist Management and is also a newly appointed Board Member of Opera America. She is also a board member of the Olga Iglesias Project and co-chaired the Women’s Opera Network Steering Committee. She was also an instrumentalist, dancer, operatic stage manager, assistant director, and opera soloist.

De Archuleta has served as Director of Artistic Operations since September 2021 and will be one of three staff members elevated to a senior position; the others are Kim Chan, the Deputy Director and Head of External Affairs who will now be Senior Director, and Alexander Barnes who will be promoted from Senior Director to Artistic Administrator.