Walnut Street Theatre’s President Made $604,474 in One Year

40 high earners in Philadelphia’s nonprofit arts and culture world.

As the new Philadelphia arts season is officially under way, with the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe in full swing, here’s a look at the annual compensation packages for the people behind some of the city’s largest arts and culture nonprofits.

Non-Profit
Employee1
Compensation2
Walnut Street TheatreBernard Havard$604,474
Philadelphia OrchestraAllison Vulgamore$597,000
Philadelphia Museum of ArtTimothy Rub$477,438
WHYYWilliam Marrazzo$457,150
Franklin InstituteDennis Wint$437,455
Museum of Jewish HistoryMichael Rosenzweig3$434,515
National Constitution CenterDavid Eisner4$429,310
Curtis Institute of MusicRoberto Diaz$379,992
Kimmel CenterAnne Ewers$363,101
Philadelphia Museum of ArtGail Harrity5$351,136
Walnut Street TheatreMark Sylvester6$317,784
American Revolution CenterMichael Quinn$275,000
WHYYTerry Gross7$256,611
Opera Company of PhiladelphiaCorrado Rovaris8$245,311
Fleisher Art MemorialRobert Rambo$239,526
Mann CenterCatherine Cahill$225,000
Opera Company of PhiladelphiaDavid Devan$215,183
Fairmount Park Art AssociationPenny Balkin Bach$194,673
Marlboro School of MusicAnthony Checchia$191,273
Please Touch MuseumLaura Foster$189,272
Chamber OrchestraPeter Gistelinck$178,243
Historical Society of PAKim Sajet$162,085
Independence Public MediaHoward Blumenthal$160,850
Pennsylvania BalletMichael Scolamiero$158,907
Historic PhiladelphiaAmy Needle$151,008
Pennsylvania BalletRoy Kaiser9$149,022
African American MuseumRomona Riscoe Benson$125,860
National Liberty MuseumGwen Borowski$125,000
Conservation Ctr. Art & ArtifactsIngrid Bogel$119,091
Eastern State Penitentiary Sara Jane Elk$113,839
Settlement Music SchoolPatricia Manley$109,350
Arden Theatre CompanyTerrence Nolen$105,092
Preservation AllianceJohn Gallery$103,000
Philadelphia Theatre CompanySara Garonzik$99,519
Philadelphia Cultural AllianceTom Kaiden$98,669
PA Humanities CouncilJoseph Kelly$95,625
Rosenbach Museum & LibraryDerick Dreher$95,002
Woodmere Art MuseumMichael Schantz$90,000
Wilma TheaterBlanka Zizka$88,683
Philadelphia Fringe FestivalNick Stuccio$88,060

1 The employee listed is CEO, president or executive director of the nonprofit unless otherwise indicated in the footnotes.

2 In some cases, compensation includes non-salary forms of compensation, such as deferred compensation, bonuses and incentives, non-taxable benefits, and other forms of compensation reportable to the IRS. All of this information is derived from publicly available documents or was provided directly to the Philly Post by the nonprofit. 

3 Stepped down June 30th.

4 Stepping down, effective October 31st.

5 Chief operating officer.

6 Managing director.

7 Host and executive producer, NPR’s Fresh Air.

8 Music director.

9 Artistic director.