Destiny L. Coleman is a dynamic education and administrative professional with significant experience in program creation and management with a proven ability to cultivate community partnerships. Ms. Coleman is the Administrative Director of The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business & Entrepreneurship at Ohio Wesleyan University and currently serves on the Converging Arts Columbus Board. Ms. Coleman previously served as the Director of Education and Artistic Administration for Opera Columbus. In that role, she oversaw the administration of annual productions and managed the creation and implementation of 12 educational programs and 25 community partnerships with local organizations and universities, reaching more than 16,000 people each year. From 2018-2020, Ms. Coleman received acclaim after she conceptualized, created, and directed the Opera Columbus productions of The Voice of Freedom, The Voice of Freedom: Civil Rights, The Journey, A Celebration of Music Inspired by African-American Culture, and The Journey: Civil Rights. These community performances, centered around diversity and inclusion, offered over 100 artists of color opportunities to perform throughout central Ohio. In 2020, she was recognized as an emerging leader in Columbus and awarded the Next Up Award by The Columbus Young Professionals Club and City Pulse Columbus.
As a mezzo-soprano, Ms. Coleman has performed with The Ohio State University Lyric Opera Theatre Program, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Opera Columbus, Lincoln Theatre, Heather Headley, and the world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli. Ms. Coleman holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Business Management and Leadership from Western Governors University.
As a director and creator, the goal of my productions is to create programming through a thoughtful, intentional process rooted in inclusiveness, authenticity, and representation of diverse voices and perspectives. These programs go beyond engagement to create new productions and truly inclusive performances, giving representation and opportunities to all artists by celebrating and integrating different cultures, history, and forms of expression.
I aim to create partnerships and programs with organizations that serve and represent their community, working together to blend all art forms, stories, and histories while creating productions and programs that are authentically representative of, and relevant to the voices and perspectives of the entire community.
The Next Up Columbus Awards highlight emerging leaders who are connectors and ambassadors in Central Ohio and who are making a positive impact on the future of Columbus.
Ms. Coleman received the Sir William Osler, MD, Award from The Ohio State University Medicine and the Arts Board on behalf of Opera Columbus, in recognition of her leadership in the Columbus arts community and for her commitment to bringing the performing arts to the medical center’s staff and patients.
Copyright © 2021 Destiny L. Coleman
The Journey, The Journey: Civil Rights, The Voice of Freedom, and The Voice of Freedom: Civil Rights were originally developed and commissioned by Opera Columbus.
Concept and Creation by Destiny Coleman.