Before moving to the Philadelphia area in 2005, Michelle Houle Hitz was the Director of Development at New York City’s Vineyard Theatre where, over the course of her three-year tenure, she helped to formalize the theatre’s fundraising efforts. Prior to working at the Vineyard, she was the Manager of Foundation and Government Relations and the Grant Writer at Manhattan Theatre Club. In Philadelphia, Michelle served as the Director of Development for PlayPenn and has worked as a grantwriter for numerous performing arts organizations in Philadelphia and New York City, including Philadelphia Theatre Company, Jeanne Ruddy Dance/Performance Garage, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and MCC Theatre, among others. As a special events consultant, Michelle managed the front of house staff for the annual New Yorker Festival from 2002-2004. As a writer, she has published seven non-fiction books for children under the auspices of Enslow Publishers, Inc. Currently, Michelle is the Director of Development at the Miquon School, an independent progressive elementary school just outside Philadelphia, and a grantwriter for nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia and New York City. Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in English and classics from Cornell University, where she graduated cum laude with distinction in all subjects, and a master’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she was a University Fellow.