Meet Jonelle Procope

Jonelle Procope is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Apollo Theater. A position she has held since 2003.

She became a member of the Apollo Board of Trustees in 1999. She leads a staff of sixty union and non-union employees and an executive team responsible for all financial, production and strategic functions of the legendary Theater.

The Apollo’s thirty member Board of Trustees includes prominent corporate and community leaders dedicated to the continued expansion of the Theater’s influence within the United States and internationally.

She has been responsible for its development and expansion as well as the adherence to best practices for governance consistent with the Apollo’s transformation into a vibrant non- profit institution.

Ms. Procope has implemented a long range plan for the preservation, restoration, and expansion of the Theater. Under her leadership, the Apollo has dramatically increased its base of financial support, expanded its education and community programs.

It has also begun executing a strategic plan to transform the institution into a 21st century performing arts center, through the creation of large-scale artistic initiatives and unique artistic collaborations with an array of prominent cultural organizations that includes; The Smithsonian, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Prior to the Apollo Theater, over the course of a 20-year legal career, Ms. Procope held a variety of senior positions within the fields of entertainment law and media-related corporate affairs and management.

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