Deonté Griffin-Quick, a New Jersey native, is a nationally recognized, award-winning arts administrator and consultant with a proven track record of envisioning and implementing change at the local and regional levels. As ArtYard’s guest theatre curator, he developed and launched ArtYard’s theatre residency program and supports the development of theatre programming.
In his full-time capacity, Deonté is the Managing Director of External Affairs at the Artist Communities Alliance (ACA). Before joining ACA, Deonté served as Director of Programs and Services at New Jersey Theatre Alliance where he built lasting partnerships, led statewide initiatives, and oversaw programming to support the cultivation of 42 professional theatre companies.
As an actor, Deonté has performed at professional theatres including Premiere Stages, Luna Stage Company, McCarter Theatre Center, New Jersey Repertory Theatre, and Centenary Stage Company where he originated the role of Jesse Owens in Turning by Darrah Cloud.
He is a recipient of the inaugural Individual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and the Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award from the Union County Urban League of Young Professionals. Deonté holds a BA in Theatre with a Communications minor from Kean University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Arts Administration at Drexel University.