Lucinda (Cindy) Einhouse

President and CEO

Lucinda (Cindy) Einhouse began her tenure as President and CEO of Beck Center for the Arts in May 2007. Her educational background includes an MBA from Cleveland State University and a BA in Music from Kent State University. She began her career at Playhouse Square Foundation in 1980, building an annual fund program and assisting with a capital campaign to raise $37.7 million to renovate the historic Playhouse Square theatres. In 1995, she was recruited to the Cleveland Clinic as part of a management team to conduct a $225 million capital campaign, which concluded ahead of schedule in 2000. In 2001, she was recruited to the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) to direct a capital campaign to raise $40 million for facility expansion and endowment, successfully completed in Sept 2006.

Ms. Einhouse has been a member of the Board of LakewoodAlive since 2013, a non-profit economic development organization, where she is on the Executive Committee and chairs the Community Forum Committee. She served on the Board of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce from 2008-2015 and was Chair of that board from 2013 to 2015. She has served as a Mentor for Cleveland State University’s Graduate student program, the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, and The Civic Innovation Lab of the Cleveland Foundation.


Dena Adler

Director of Development

Dena Adler joined Beck Center in November 2017 as Director of Development. Dena has 26 years of fundraising and experience, including 18 years in leadership positions at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Hathaway Brown, The Children’s Museum of Cleveland, Magnificat High School, Gesu Parish, and most recently the Sisters of Notre Dame. Her alma maters include CWRU (Master of Nonprofit Organizations), Ohio State University (Bachelor of Science in business management and HR management, and Magnificat High School.

Edward Gallagher, MT-BC

Director of Education

Ed Gallagher is a Board Certified Music Therapist who holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Cleveland State University and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He founded Beck Center’s Creative Arts Therapies program in 1994. He is co-chair of the Ohio Music Therapy Task Force and has been appointed to serve on the Ohio Arts Council’s Artists with Disabilities Access Program and is on the Advisory Committee for the West Shore Career-Technical District Theatre Arts program. He is Past President of the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium as well as the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association (GLR-AMTA) and the Association of Ohio Music Therapists (AOMT). He has received the GLR-AMTA Service Award, the AOMT Past President’s Award, and has been inducted into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame. He has been recognized by the City of Lakewood for bringing the healing power of music to the community. He is also Director of Operations for the All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir, two organizations featuring the talents of 400 high school instrumentalists and vocalists from throughout the state.


Larry Goodpaster

Director of Finance and Operations

Larry began at Beck Center in January of 1998 as Musical Director for the theater. Following two years volunteering (2008-2009) as a business process and software consultant, he was hired as Director of Business Operations in 2009. Larry currently is the Director of Finance and Operations. His expanded role allows him to focus his extensive experience in finance and operations towards developing strategies to increase both contributed and earned revenue while overseeing Beck Center’s operations. Goodpaster brings a wealth of business experience from his time as Assistant Dean for the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and as a regional director for Kaplan Educational Services.


Julie Gilliland

Director of Marketing

Julie joined the Beck Center team in September 2018. She has a BS in theater from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to moving to Cleveland she worked at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for nine years, first on the resident theatre company side which was awarded the 1998 Regional Theater Tony Award®, then the Broadway touring division, launching national tours such as The Lion King. In Northeast Ohio she has worked for Playhouse Square, The Cleveland Orchestra, and spent ten years with Cleveland Play House, during which they were awarded the 2015 Regional Theater Tony Award®. She is a member of the Cleveland Bridge Builders’ Class of 2013.


Scott Spence

Artistic Director

Scott Spence has been Beck Center’s Artistic Director since 1992. Spence holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from Western Illinois University. He has also held adjunct faculty positions at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, and taught the Directing curriculum at Cleveland State University from 2010 to 2015. He is the recipient of the 2006 Northern Ohio Live Award for Theatre Achievement. Matilda the Musical, in summer 2019, marked Scott’s 100th production he has directed at Beck Center.

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