Arts Consulting International

About ACI

Debra H. Smyers, Principal and Founder
Arts Consulting International, LLC

Debra H. Smyers has over 25 years of experience within the arts and social services sectors. Ms. Smyers is the principal and founder of Arts Consulting International connecting performing and visual artists to audiences worldwide. Her work includes grant writing, strategic planning, fundraising, artistic programming, artist representation, and concert planning.

In addition, Ms. Smyers serves as the executive director of Windmore Foundation for the Arts promoting the visual, literary, and performing arts through awareness, participation, and education. In June 2017 Ms. Smyers produced the musical Peter Pan, Jr. in Culpeper, Virginia to record breaking success at Verdun's Anne Marie Sheridan Amphitheatre.

As an ardent supporter of the Arts, Ms. Smyers has served multiple times on the grant review panel of the Arts Council of Fairfax County and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She has been a speaker at the Art Works Conference with the Virginia Commission for the Arts teaching the session of "The Art of Strategic Grant Writing.” In addition, she is an arts education advocate and has contributed her time to many community projects including assisting in forming the very first elementary school band in Prince William County.

Currently an adjunct professor in the Arts Management Program at George Mason University, Professor Smyers has taught courses at both the master’s level and undergraduate level including: Grant Writing in the Arts, Introduction to Grant Writing, Strategic Planning in the Arts, Performing Arts Management and Seminar in Arts Management. Her classes reflect her arts practitioner view as she challenges each student by assigning projects that reflect real type work in the arts. In addition, Ms. Smyers expanded the Arts Management Internship Program adding over 40 new internship providers.

On the artistic side of the arts, Ms. Smyers is a SAG-AFTRA actress, working in film projects including all seasons of House of Cards and VEEP.  In addition this past year, Ms. Smyers has worked in AMC’s Turn.

Ms. Smyers continues to work with social services organizations. Her special area of interest is to raise money for social service organizations through arts events.  Ms. Smyers is the founder of Waste Not Want Not, a not-for-profit in Northeast Florida, which is in its 25th successful year of serving the homeless and preventing hunger and poverty.

Ms. Smyers holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts in Arts Management from George Mason University. 

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