Donna Walker-Kuhne, President of Walker International Communications Group, is recognised by the American Business and Arts Council as the nation's foremost audience development expert.

Ms Walker-Kuhne was invited to Australia by Kape Communications a number of times to present to present a lectures and workshops in audience diversification.

Donna Walker-Kuhne is President of Walker International Communications Group, and she has been invited to deliver national lecture tours by Kape Communications a number of times. 

She provides consulting services to numerous organizations throughout the world and has generated over $23million in earned income. 

She is also Senior Advisor, Community Engagement, New Jersey Performing Arts Center. 

She is a veteran of over 22 Broadway productions and her non-profit clients include Lincoln Center, Seattle Theater Group, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and The Apollo Theater.

She is an adjunct Professor at New York University, Columbia University, and Bank Street College.

Donna is a recipient of over 50 awards including the 2019 League of Professional Theatre Women Rachel Crothers Leadership Award and the 2019 SPAA Award for Community Service from Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration/Newark. Her first book, Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to Arts, Culture and Community, was published in 2005 and she just completed her second book, Champions for the Arts: Lessons and Successful Strategies for Engaging Diverse Audiences. She has a weekly blog, Arts and Culture Connections, that explores cultural efforts to expand diverse audiences.


“Recipe for success. Basic rules for building the box office”, Lyndall Crisp, Arts, The Australian Financial Review, Thursday October 30, 2003

Race to develop audiences”, Robin Usher, Arts, The Age, Friday November 7, 2003

“The arts can bring in cash'”, Zelda Cawthorne, Business, Herald Sun, November 15, 2003,

Donna Walker–Kuhne:


The transcript below is the lecture delivered at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, in 2003. 


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