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.
Marketing and Business Development
Tom Peterson
Tom Peterson is a marketing and branding executive with over 2 decades experience working for international consumer product and technology companies, marketing agencies and non-profits. His areas of focus are marketing strategy, business development, brand communications, and integrated marketing. Most recently, he was the Marketing Communication and Creative Director at IGT (formerly GTECH) and has also worked for A.T. Cross, Estee Lauder, Swarovski and Unilever, as well as a variety of smaller organizations and brands. Tom has an M.B.A. from New York University. contact:
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 Director
Suzanne Kim
Suzanne Kim has over a decade of experience providing creative and technical direction for large-scale multimedia exhibitions and events. She has worked as an exhibition consultant for projects presented at international museums and galleries. Prior to moving to Providence, Suzanne was the Deputy Director and Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon, NYC, from 2004 - 2016, where she curated and produced over 100 art exhibitions and events. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. contact:
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.
Executive 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. contact:
Grants and Development Coordinator
Abigail Comtois
Abigail 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.