Administrative Staff

Kim Gutfreund, Executive Director

Kim GutfreundFormerly the executive director of Jackson School of the Arts in Michigan, Kim was a driving force behind the growth of Jackson’s arts and cultural sector and offered a unique vision to drive community impact and access. She positioned the organization as a leading provider of arts education and developed a public-private partnership with the City of Jackson to relocate the organization downtown to support organizational growth and the city’s economic development.

Kim is deeply committed to building stronger and more vibrant inclusive communities and is most proud of her work that increased authentic engagement in the arts for all regardless of socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Prior to her work in Jackson, Kim was executive director of Peter Sparling Dance Co. in Ann Arbor, MI, where she led the professional modern dance company through its startup years. Sparling, like DK’s artistic director David Hochoy, danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Kim’s began her career and love for the arts when she worked at the American Express Foundation in New York City.

Kim is honored to join DK as its next executive director and she sees that the quality and creativity presented on stage is the foundation of the organization, as evidenced by its dedicated Board of Trustees, staff and the Indianapolis community that understands the value of the arts.

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Lynn Webster, Education/Touring Director

Paul Hansen, Marketing Director

Paul Jan2019 DKwebsitePaul Hansen is in his 12th season as Dance Kaleidoscope's marketing director, driving the company's advertising campaigns, presence in the community, lobby experiences for patrons at shows, and he produced all the digital content during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Paul's experience before joining the DK staff includes positions as creative director for two major giftware companies in New York City and then in Newport News, VA. Through those positions, Paul traveled throughout Europe and Asia doing product development and seeking new factories; designed exclusive product for key accounts such as museums and high-end retailers like Neiman Marcus, Gumps, and Horchow; and created national marketing campaigns and visual merchandising in showrooms across the U.S. Paul also designed layouts and wrote articles for a specialty magazine, and was a design specialist with a major greeting card company.

Dance has always been dear to Paul—he began his career as a professional ballet dancer/actor at age 19, based out of New York City.

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Janie Halteman, Office/Ticketing Manager

JanieJanie has been the office/ticketing manager for Dance Kaleidoscope since 2006. Her key areas are health insurance issues and workers compensation claims, in addition to managing the administrative office, assisting with special events and overseeing subscriptions. 

Before joining DK, Janie had a long career in the medical field. She was a nuclear medicine specialist in Durban, South Africa and Wabash, IN, an EMT in Muncie, IN, and co-owned a company in Metro Indianapolis that provided in-home physicals for insurance companies. Janie also served as the catering manager at Conner Prairie in Fishers, IN, and has stage managed numerous theatrical productions. 

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