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A native of Athens, Texas, Christie M. Howard, has the pleasure of serving as the Managing Director of Jubilee Theatre for six seasons. Before joining Jubilee’s team, she served as the Director of Public Relations for Texas College. Christie received a degree in Business Marketing and Communications from the University of Houston’s C. T. Bauer College of Business. After graduation, Howard took a marketing management position with MCI Worldcom. Throughout her corporate career, she has played a major role in ensuring brand integrity, developing promotion plans, and creating strategic alliances for some of the nation’s most recognizable brands like JCPenney, Dr. Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., Metro One Telecommunications, Farmers Insurance, Wardlaw Insurance Claims and Rickey Smiley’s production company Breakwind Entertainment.
After eight years in “Corporate America,” Howard decided that she wanted to take her knowledge in the business arena to help the nonprofit cultural art community expand their reach and fortify their brands. For two years, she served as the Director of Sales for Dallas Black Dance Theater (DBDT). During her tenure, she doubled the size of the audience for the regularly scheduled programs and developed a sales system template that the organization is still using today. Following her time at DBDT, she joined The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL) as the Marketing and Media Relations Manager. She held that position for four years and propelled TBAAL to new heights through innovative e-marketing campaign and social networking.