David Starkey, MA

Cultural Arts Development Practice

David is IOD’s Director of Cultural Arts Development and has 20+ year experience in opera, musical theater, large entertainment production, arts entrepreneurship, and as a university music professor. He is Founder & General Director of Asheville Lyric Opera and President of Vision Productions theatrical production company.
His theatre production experience includes work with New York City Opera, the AIMS Opera Festival in Austria and as an arts executive. David has been the President of Asheville’s Arts Council which leads the region’s development of the cultural arts industry. He consults with arts organizations, local governments and agencies in the US and Europe and lectures on the Business of Music nationwide.