Noah E. Spiegel is a nonprofit consultant with over twenty-five years’ experience in nonprofit leadership. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he grew up in Portland, Maine, and—after living or working in over 40 states during his extensive opera stage management career—moved to Nashville, TN in 2012.
Formed in 2016, Noah E. Spiegel Consulting enjoys a strong relationship with the Center for Nonprofit Management in downtown Nashville, where Mr. Spiegel serves as a consultant and facilitator. Specializing in helping organizations turn their visions into verbs, he focuses on strategic planning, board and leadership development, talent acquisition and human resources.
Noah has served in leadership roles at such organizations as Nashville Children’s Theatre where he increased audience numbers for the school matinee performance series by 24% and government funding by 55%, and Nashville Opera where he eliminated all of the company’s debt and broke revenue records with both mainstage and second stage productions. At Tulsa Opera he led the production department for eight years during which he directed and designed multiple educational touring productions which performed cumulatively for over 100,000 students in the four-state Oklahoma region.
A graduate of the first REAL: Racial Equity in Arts Leadership program (2015-16) through Metro Arts, he is a champion for equitable arts access, including helping to develop the nation’s first sensory-friendly opera program with Vanderbilt’s TRIAD program (The Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders). This work was recognized by the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce with the 2015 Leadership in the Arts award.
Noah’s stage management career includes theatre, ballet, symphony and opera productions at some of the nation’s leading arts institutions. Highlights include Die Fledermaus directed by the late comedy legend Charles Nelson Reilly (The Dallas Opera); and working with Stephen Sondheim on the revival of the celebrated Live from Lincoln Center production of A Little Night Music whose cast included Jeremy Irons, Juliet Stevenson, Claire Bloom, and Anna Kendrick, directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Susan Stroman (NYC Opera).
Tulsa Business Journal named Noah as one of 2009’s “40 Under 40” Professionals to Watch. In 2010, he was named “The Visionary” by Tulsa People Magazine for their article Change Agents in Tulsa. He has spoken at or served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, OPERA America, Metro Arts, Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville, and Americans for the Arts. He currently serves on the board of Tennesseans for the Arts, Nashville Arts Coalition and Tennessee Diversity Consortium. He has served on the board of the Stage Manager’s Association, as an advisor to the Board of Directors for Oklahomans for Equality, and served on the Leadership Team for Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Tulsa Young Professionals (TYPros) Diversity Crew from 2010-12, leading diversity and inclusion initiatives for the nation’s largest young professional organization. In 2012, he created the TYPros Arts Initiative (now called the Arts and Entertainment Crew), to connect young professionals with the arts and culture industries and articulate the impact on quality of life and economic vitality in the region. This work received the 2014 Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award. He is a member of American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and Society of Human Resource Managers national and Middle Tennessee chapter. He attended the University of Southern Maine, where he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in technical theatre and received his master’s in fine arts in stage management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.