News: Signature Theatre Announces Hiring of Valerie Bunns

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Arlington, VA – Signature Theatre announces the hiring of Valerie Bunns as Director of Finance and Administration. Bunns brings more than 20 years of non-profit management and experience to the organization. She has held leadership positions in charitable, membership and healthcare organizations in areas of finance, accounting, treasury, and business operations, including the management of a shared service center.

As Director of Finance and Administration, Bunns will hold responsibility for all financial records, oversee Human Resources, lead the audit and tax return processes, ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and manage all accounting operations.

“We are thrilled to welcome Valerie Bunns to the Signature Theatre team,” says Managing Director Maggie Boland. “Valerie’s years of non-profit leadership experience and dedication to the community are invaluable assets as we work together to secure Signature’s financial strength through the current closure and to ensure the Theatre will thrive beyond.”

“It’s a challenging time for theater. I am excited to help usher Signature through these uncertain times,” says Valerie Bunns.

Prior to accepting this position, Bunns was the Controller with The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for 10 years and reported to the President & CEO. She also served in senior leadership roles with the American Diabetes Association and The Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS).

In addition to professional qualifications, Bunns has enriched her community with her experience for over two decades. She developed the tutoring program at the Shelter House, Inc., where she served on the board fundraising committee. At Friends of Guest House, she helped develop independent living budgeting skills for women reentering into the community from incarceration.

Bunns holds a MBA from Marymount University and a BBA from the University of Mississippi. In addition, she completed an executive education program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.


Signature is widely recognized as the premiere venue in Washington to see musical theater, especially new musicals. Recently called “a dream for patrons” and “the gold standard for producing musicals” by The Washington Post, Signature is renowned for its interpretations of Stephen Sondheim’s work, inventive adaptations of overlooked or forgotten musicals, and investment in fresh new projects. The Theatre is an industry leader in developing and producing new work and is home to the largest musical theater development program in the United States.

Signature features the finest talent from the D.C. metropolitan area and New York on its stages and has been a creative home to such luminaries as Chita Rivera, Sheryl Crow, Barry Levinson, George Hearn, Emily Skinner, Kathleen Marshall, Ann Reinking, Marc Kudisch, Judy Kuhn, Deborah Monk, Boyd Gaines, Heidi Blickenstaff, James Lapine, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Cameron Mackintosh, Terrence McNally, and the company’s signature composer, Stephen Sondheim. Under the leadership of Managing Director Maggie Boland Signature draws more than 100,000 patrons annually to its Arlington home and has been cited for its achievements by a wide range of local and national media.