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A leader in the arts management arena, Kaine Riggan has developed a reputation as the 'idea man' of local theatre." The Nashville Scene<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

In 2003, Riggan raised the money to renovate an old school cafetorium that had been given to Senior Citizen's Inc. by Metro Nashville and quickly turned it into a 200 seat dinner theatre ranked as one of Nashville's top tourist attractions. For the next five years, while Kaine produced and directed the shows in his Nashville Dinner Theatre series, he arranged corporate sponsors to cover all of the overhead and staffed the theatre with low-risk inmates from the County Sherrif's office with a model that he named "The Captive Audience Program".<o:p></o:p>

With the help of visionary Sheriff Daron Hall, Riggan utilized volunteer DUI and child support offenders to build the sets, maintain the theatre and staff the kitchen. Then at showtime, one performance was closed to the public while busloads of other county inmates were brought in to experience the whole "artsy" package for themselves. Proceeds from the theatre were then used to provide music, dance, theatre and art classes for seniors throughout Middle Tennessee through The Senior Center for the Arts, which Riggan co-founded with Jane Schnelle.<o:p></o:p>

The Center for Nonprofit Management awarded Riggan and Schnelle the Frist Foundation Innovation in Action Award in 2005 for their work on The Senior Center for the Arts, now called The Larry Keeton Theatre.<o:p></o:p>

Riggan was named Director of Performing Arts for the State of Tennessee and credits his entreprenerial approach to nonprofit theatre to mentor Rich Boyd, former Tennessee Arts Commission Director. "Rich basically taught me that nonprofit is a tax classification, not a business plan" Riggan admits.<o:p></o:p>

In 2009, Kaine served a one year development contract to help establish The Beverly Hills Performing Arts Center. <o:p></o:p>

In 2010, he returned to Nashville and renovated the former Boots Randolph Supper Club on world famous Printer's Alley and opened in the fall under the Nashville Dinner Theatre brand. TV sitcom icon Joyce DeWitt starred in the first production "A Scattered, Smothered & Covered Christmas", a musical comedy set in a Waffle House on Christmas Eve and featuring a score penned by Randy Travis, T. Graham Brown and several other notable music city songwriters. Riggan also wrote and directed the musical.<o:p></o:p>

Work experience

Jun 2016Present

Grants Coordinator

Vance-Granville Community College

<html />VGCC has now surpassed $6M in grant funding to support students in this rural, manufacturing-heavy community in north-central North Carolina. In its first four years, the Grants Office has secured 37 grants totaling $6,053,833.

Jan 2002Jan 2004

Director of Performing Arts

Tennessee Arts Commission
In 2002, Kaine Riggan was appointed to the Tennessee Arts Commission as the the Director of Performing Arts under Governor Phil Bredesen. He was responsible for over $3M in annual grants to the state's nonprofit performing arts organizations and also managed the Kennedy Center's National Symphony Orchestra's American Residency Tour.