our team

Andrew Damer

Andrew Damer

Senior Vice President, Culture & Live Entertainment

Andrew Damer (he/him) has shepherded dozens of global entertainment and leisure brands through launch and transformation to success. Since joining Allied in 2012, he has built and directed cross-functional teams for new entertainment, arts, and cultural brands, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (San Francisco), Mean Girls, The Book of Mormon, Hadestown, Motown the Musical, Beetlejuice, and RENT, and he regularly consults with performing arts centers and cultural organizations across the country. Previously at AKA NYC, Andrew established the agency’s presence in North America, leading integrated marketing campaigns for The Book of Mormon, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and Billy Elliot the Musical on Broadway and in various North American markets. In 2007, Andrew joined Broadway in Chicago—the largest commercial theatre presenter in the city – where he managed campaigns for pre-Broadway, long-running, and touring engagements at five downtown theatres. His career began at The Chicago Theatre where he designed and executed a fresh marketing strategy, which was key in the expansion into new revenue streams that positioned the business for acquisition by MSG.

Andrew holds an M.B.A. in international business and marketing from Loyola University Chicago and a B.A. from Emerson College in Boston. His desire to positively influence new generations of leaders can be seen in his previous contributions as an adjunct faculty member serving George Mason University’s Arts Management Program and as an instructor for Northwestern University’s School of Communication.

Jennifer Gallagher

Jennifer Gallagher

Vice President, Touring

Since joining Allied Touring in 2005, Jen (she/her) has led the strategy, marketing, and publicity efforts for nearly 30 Broadway tours, including Hairspray, Annie, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,  Roundabout Theatre Company’s Twelve Angry Men, The Drowsy Chaperone, Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde The Musical, West Side Story, ONCE, Kinky Boots, An American in Paris, School of Rock, The Play That Goes Wrong, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (SF production) to name a few. She currently oversees Pretty Woman: The Musical, Tootsie, RENT, and The Book of Mormon.

Prior to Allied, Jen was the advertising and public relations manager for The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT. During her six-plus years with The Bushnell, she marketed the local engagements of more than 50 national Broadway tours as well as countless other live events, including one very memorable Weird Al Yankovic concert. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Jen graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.

Scott Praefke

Scott Praefke

Vice President, Touring

Scott (he/him) has had a passion for theater his entire life. Prior to starting his marketing and communications career, Scott spent years traveling the country and world, performing in national/international tours and on cruise ships. He first joined Allied in 2010, under the great leadership of Laura Matalon and Tanya Grubich, working on New York productions of RENT, Mamma Mia!, and Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana. Scott has since gone on to lead marketing and communication efforts for over 20 tours, including Ain’t Too Proud, Mean Girls,Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Matilda The Musical, Motown The Musical, Mary Poppins, War Horse,and many more. Scott is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Public Relations and Advertising.

Anne Waisanen

Anne Waisanen

Tour Marketing and Press Director

Anne (she/her) has worked in Broadway touring since 2007. She started in the industry at Margie Korshak, Inc. where she led PR campaigns for dozens of shows presented by Broadway In Chicago and then went on to manage marketing for Broadway series in ten U.S. markets at Jam Theatricals. Joining Allied in 2014, Anne has contributed to the success of numerous tours in both a marketing and public relations capacity. She has a degree in Public Relations from Marquette University and an MBA in International Business and Marketing from Loyola University.

Past tours include: The Book of MormonA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderMotown: The MusicalSomething Rotten, The Play That Goes Wrong, and Elf The Musical. Current tours: Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, Beetlejuice, and Mean Girls.

Jessica Cary Davis

Jessica Cary Davis

Tour Marketing and Press Manager

Jessica (she/her) has always loved the theater industry and its incredible community. She started as a marketing and press intern at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis before beginning with Allied in 2017 as an intern. She joined Allied full time in 2018 working on press and marketing for several tours. Current and previous tours include Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Into the Woods, Mamma Mia!, Mean Girls, Mrs. Doubtfire, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Pretty Woman, RENT, Rock of Ages, The Play That Goes Wrong, and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Jessica holds a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Marketing from Saint Louis University.

Adina Hsu

Adina Hsu

Tour Marketing and Press Coordinator

Adina (she/her) is passionate about theatre and the arts and can often be found catching a Broadway show in her free time. Prior to Allied, Adina worked in the tourism and hospitality industry as a tour administrator and coordinator. She specialized in performing arts groups and large-scale marching bands that performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Adina holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Baruch College.

Amenkha Sembenu

Amenkha Sembenu

Tour Marketing and Press Coordinator

Amenkha (she/her) is a lifestyle blogger and influencer who looks to use her platform to positively inspire others. She has always had a love for theater from acting in many school plays to attending Broadway shows throughout the years. Amenkha developed a passion for marketing through several positions in college. Prior to her role at Allied Global Marketing, Amenkha worked as a Student Assistant for Campus Activities (St. John’s University) and as an Operations and Marketing Executive Assistant for BDA Partners. She holds a Bachelor or Arts in Psychology from St. John’s University.

Jessica Steans-Gail

Jessica Steans-Gail

Tour Marketing and Press Coordinator

Jessica (she/her) is Chicago-born and Brooklyn-based. She began her professional theatre career as an actress and in high school performed in When She Danced at Chicago’s Timeline Theatre. As a lover of comedy, she has also performed standup and interned at The Second City. Prior to joining Allied, Jessica worked on the Hamilton press and marketing team and spent years managing the iconic Brooklyn comedy venues Union Hall and Bell House. These days, Jessica writes her own plays and recently wrote and performed her solo show, The Fundamentals of Acting. In her free time, you can find Jessica making misshapen ceramics and reading Real Housewives subreddits. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Brown University. 

Emily Toppen

Emily Toppen

Tour Marketing and Press Coordinator

Emily (she/her) is dedicated to connecting diverse individuals through captivating stories. She returns to Allied after being a marketing and press intern during the summer of 2020. During her time away from the industry, she was an associate web producer for Herman Miller, collaborating with an international digital team on ecommerce platforms. While she was a student at Michigan State University, she was a public relations intern at Wharton Center for Performing Arts and a member of the Spartan Marching Band. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities with concentrations in Arts and Cultural Management, Communication, and Theatre.

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