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.
contact: kathleen@first-works.org
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.
contact: isabelle@first-works.org
Administrative Manager
Kimberly Twist
Kimberly Twist joins FirstWorks after serving as Office Manager at the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) for six years. Kim has an extensive writing background and has been published in Newport Life, Cape Cod Life and Vogue Magazine. Prior to CLF Kim was the Foundation Relations Manager at Trinity Repertory Company writing grants to support the arts. contact: ktwist@first-works.org
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.
contact: marketing@first-works.org
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.
contact: jstevens@first-works.org
Education & Community Coordinator
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.
contact: kathleenm@first-works.org