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
Stephanie Murphy
Stephanie joins FirstWorks as Grants Manager after a decade of editorial and acquisitions experience in book publishing. She has taught writing and publishing workshops in various college and post-graduate settings, including at Frequency Writers in Providence, and she volunteers as a mentor at the PEN Prison Writers Program. She received her BA from the University of Edinburgh and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College.
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 & 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.
Administrative & Projects Coordinator
Brendan Chipley Roane
Roane moved to Providence in 2005, where he worked at Gracie’s as Director of Wine & Spirits. After a two-year sabbatical in Napa Valley to continue wine studies, he returned to Gracie’s in 2010 as Director of Marketing and Events. In 2013, Roane spent time working on various freelance marketing and event projects, most notably, the opening of The Dean Hotel. He then worked at Local 121 in Providence as Restaurant and Communications Director before joining the FirstWorks team during the 2016 PVDFest. Roane continues to work freelance projects, and currently serves on the board of directors of Options Magazine.