Roe Green

Roe Green, an arts patron and community activist, is Chief Executive Officer of the Roe Green Foundation. With a B.A. in Theatre and Communications from the University of Colorado and a Masters degree in Theatre from Kent State University, her experience in stage and business management includes Cain Park; the Cleveland Opera; and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She is responsible for the Roe Green Visiting Director Series for the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State and the University of Colorado, and “Green House,” a battered women’s shelter in Geauga. Ms. Green, “avid” theatergoer and traveler to over 160 countries, was a competitive ballroom dancer for more than 12 years. Green believes that “art is what makes us human. Art gives us our humanity — if people can’t create any longer, we’re in trouble.” Her philosophy on giving is, “If I have five oranges, I eat one, save one, and give the other three away.” She is the President Emeritus of CAVORT, Inc., the Conference About Volunteers of Regional Theatres, a member of Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance Advisory Board, the Foundation Board of Kent State University, the Board of Porthouse Theatre, the Board of the Cleveland Play House, and the Governor’s International Council of the Shaw Festival in Canada. In November 2012, Roe Green was recognized with the University of Colorado Alumni Recognition Award for “her generosity of spirit, her allegiance to learning and her passionate advocacy for the arts.” In 2004, she established the Roe Green Visiting Theatre Artist Residency, which provides funds to annually bring to campus an accomplished theatre professional to work alongside CU Students. Ms. Green has also pledged $2 million in order to establish the Roe Green Endowed Chair in Theatre, the first endowed faculty position in the arts at CU-Boulder.