Deonté Griffin-Quick is a nationally recognized, award-winning arts administrator, actor, and freelance consultant with a personal mission of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the arts and cultural sector with a proven track record of envisioning and implementing change.
Currently, Deonté serves as the Director of Programs and Services at New Jersey Theatre Alliance. In this role, he oversees the core programs of the Alliance such as professional development opportunities for theatre professionals, New Jersey Stage Exchange, and the Stages Festival which is the state’s largest theatre festival that curates over 70 events annually. He has strategically worked to make the organization’s programs more equitable and has successfully supported the organization in diversifying its membership. In an effort to connect, empower, and cultivate other arts and cultural leaders of color, in 2019 Deonté developed and spearheaded the New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color Network.
As an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Mr. Griffin-Quick volunteers on DEI committees for ArtPride NJ and Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Art. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Dorill Initiative, an arts education organization based in Manhattan, NY. A passionate and dynamic speaker, Deonté has presented workshops for the Arts Administrators of Color Network, the New Jersey Center for Nonprofits, and the Middlesex County Division of Arts and History.
Concerned with the equitable distribution of funding to support arts organizations, Deonté has served on grant review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Alternate ROOTS, Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, The City of San Diego Commision for Arts and Culture, local arts agencies and has participated on the Nomination Advisory Committee for the Mid Atlantic Arts Regional Resilience Fund.
He is a recipient of the inaugural Individual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and the Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award from the Union County Urban League of Young Professionals. Deonté holds a BA in Theatre with a Communications minor from Kean University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Arts Administration at Drexel University.