FirstWorks has risen to be an important organization
showcasing the beauty of Providence’s artistic innovation”

– Motif Magazine

Meet our team

Executive Artistic Director
Kathleen Pletcher
Kathleen Pletcher founded FirstWorks in 2004, transforming the one-night First Night Providence festival into a year-round performing arts and educational organization. With over 25 years experience as an entrepreneur, Kathleen has founded three non-profit arts organizations and formed strategies for organizations across the US. As a presenter, she has developed projects with creative pioneers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Kronos Quartet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, linking performances of new work with community engagement across Rhode Island. As a curator, she has participated in numerous international tours, forging relationships with artists in Taiwan, Indonesia, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Mexico and France.
Director of Development
Isabelle Tadmoury
Isabelle Tadmoury comes to FirstWorks after 15 years in corporate communications. Her most recent role was Director of Communications for Europe, Middle-East and Africa at Nortel, the former Canadian telecommunication giant. Her background spans marketing, branding, PR, employee and customer relations. She spent the last 10 years in Paris, France but she has also worked in Boston and London. Isabelle is responsible for building FirstWorks donor base, coordinating fundraising efforts, providing key support for the Annual Fund campaign, sponsor fulfillment, and evaluation.
Grants Manager
Kokila Mendis
Kokila Mendis comes to Providence from Gainesville, Florida where she worked as Outreach Coordinator in the University of Florida's Center for European Studies. She is a grant writer, graphic designer, and an outreach and internship coordinator. Koki has an educational background in political science, having completed her doctorate at the University of Florida in 2017 on the topic of race and agency in immigrant integration.
Marketing Manager
Meredith Cutler
Meredith brings to FirstWorks over 15 years of experience in brand marketing, public relations and creative project management within the non-profit, higher education, consumer electronics and entertainment industries. Also a visual artist, Meredith co-founded the 9yds. art collaborative, which produced multimedia arts events and exhibitions throughout greater Boston from 1998-2002. Her collaborative and solo work has been featured at the BCA Mills Gallery, Allston Skirt Gallery, Zeitgeist Gallery, Wheaton College and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Gallery at Skidmore College, where she received her B.S. in Studio Art. Meredith is also a contributing writer for artscope magazine, (New England's Culture Magazine), covering the region's visual arts news since 2008.
Program Manager
Jen Stevens
Life-long Rhode Islander Jen Stevens has decades of community-building experience through organizing advocacy campaigns, training youth leaders, and producing live performances and fundraisers. She coordinated the annual RI PrideFest for ten years, served as editor-in-chief of Options Magazine for three years, and most recently directed the Providence Human Relations Commission. Jen has been a producer of the Sweet Little Variety Show since co-founding the monthly Providence showcase in 2010. She received her B.A. in Theatre from Rhode Island College.
Education and Community Outreach Manager
Kathleen McAreavey
Kathleen McAreavey received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Providence College and studied the history and conservation of textiles in the Master's Program at the University of Rhode Island. For the past twenty years she has worked in both corporate and non-profit management; specializing in cultural humanities, historic preservation education, and curricula development.
Administrative Coordinator
Holly Taylor
Holly Taylor is a recent graduate from Yale University where she studied American performance cultures. She has worked for two professional dance companies, and served as artistic director for Yale’s modern dance group and as editor for the campus’s dance journal. Having grown up in Providence attending FirstWorks performances and masterclasses, Holly is thrilled to be working for the organization that first exposed her to professional dance.
Administrative and Development Coordinator
Abigail Dandurand
Abigail Dandurand is a recent graduate of Castleton University where she earned her M.A in Arts Administration. She received her B.A. from Rhode Island College where she studied both art history and studio art. Through her previous work experiences, within a wide variety of organizations, she has enjoyed sharing her excitement for the arts with others.