Foster Billingsley

Director of Philanthropy and Business Manager


Foster Billingsley brings more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of professional theater and arts management. He recently was the General Manager at Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, Virginia. Foster has served as Executive Director and Deputy Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts since 2001. Prior to working at the Commission for the Arts, Foster worked as the Production Coordinator / Company Manager for the Virginia Opera Association in Norfolk, Virginia. He also has extensive experience in theatre, working as an Actors Equity Stage Manager for New York Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and Regional Theatre Companies. He is a native of Virginia and graduated from Old Dominion University. He also completed the Virginia Executive Leadership Institute in 2007. He has been an advisory panelist for the Kentucky Arts Council, and co-chair of the Deputy Director Peer Group and Audit Committee for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. He has served on the boards of the Virginia Executive Leadership Institute and the Virginia Employee Dispute Resolution Council.