Arts Business Research Symposium: Speakers

Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, PhD is the inaugural director of the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise and Associate Professor of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at OSU. Dr. Mañjon works with both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in arts management, entrepreneurship, community collaborations, institutional partnerships, community arts, and civic engagement activities. Dr. Mañjon has completed numerous projects, video documentaries, and publications, including 100 Families Oakland: Art and Social Change, documentation of a community-wide collaborative program model and its impact, Invisible Identity: Mujeres Dominicana en California, a video/ photographic installation, presented at the California African American Museum as part of a larger exhibit, An Idea Called Tomorrow. Her latest publication, co-authored with Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, A Snap Shot: Landmarking Community Cultural Arts Organizations Nationally, is a call to action to support vital community based organizations that reflect the diverse cultural fabric of the nation, and includes case studies of organizations in California, New York, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and Connecticut. Dr. Mañjon earned a PhD in Humanities, Transformative Learning and Change in Human Systems and an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. She received a Bachelor of Arts in World Arts and Cultures with an emphasis in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Sam Dyson is the Director of the MacArthure-funded Hive Chicago Learning Network designed to enact Connected Learning among youth and adults within cultural and civic organizations ( In this position Dyson works to link Hive Chicago's local goals and initiatives with the increasingly global development of Hive Networks under the stewardship of the Mozilla Foundation. Prior to his work at Hive, Dyson was the Program Director for Learning Labs, a part of the Digital Media and Learning initiative for the Smart Chicago Collaborative housed at The Chicago Community Trust. In this role he designed the curriculum for learning labs like YOU Media, which offers youth both physical and virtual resources for learning. Prior to joining the Trust, Dyson worked with Chicago Public Schools, first as a senior instructional specialist and then as interim director for the Office of Science. He most recently served as Associate Director for Woodlawn Children's Promise Community in Chicago with the responsibility of creating a continuum of educational and social support to drive student academic achievement. Dyson holds a B.A. in Physics from Yale University and a Master of Education degree from Harvard University.

Linda Essig heads the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, which has helped launch 31 arts-based ventures into the Phoenix area and beyond since its inception in 2005 and publishes the only research journal in the field, Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. She was the first director of the ASU School of Theatre and Film, now the School of Film, Dance and Theatre, where she also served as Artistic Director of the school's MainStage Season from 2004–2010. Her current research is on the social value and organizational values of arts venture incubators. Also a professional lighting designer, Essig's design for Suzan–Lori Parks's "Venus" was part of the USA National Exhibit of theatrical design at the Prague Quadrennial in 2007. Essig has designed lighting for theatres throughout the country including Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Missouri Rep, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Skylight Opera, La Mama ETC, Pioneer Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre and others. Her work with Pave was initially funded by the Kauffman Foundation and she has also received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Tempe, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and others. She is the author of articles and book chapters on both arts entrepreneurship and lighting design as well as two books: Lighting and the Design Idea (third edition, January 2012) and The Speed of Light: Dialogues on Lighting Design and Technological Change. She recently competed work as the director of evaluation for "Home in the Desert," an NEA-funded interdisciplinary community arts project. She has served on the boards of directors of the University/Resident Theatre Association, US Institute for Theatre Technology, and the Phoenix Fringe Festival. Prior to joining ASU, Essig was on the faculty of UW-Madison for sixteen years, the last two as chair of its Department of Theatre and Drama. Her blog, covers arts entrepreneurship, arts policy, higher education in the arts and, occasionally, cooking. You can follow her on twitter @LindaInPhoenix

David Flatley is Executive Director of the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago, which expands learning by connecting the college to public schools and communities. He has two decades experience in developing and implementing educational initiatives designed to improve teacher practice and student achievement, and effectively utilizing teaching artists in schools and community settings. He was instrumental in advancing the work of arts integration in Chicago through his work with the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. In 2010 he accepted the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, on behalf of CCAP, at the White House from First Lady Michelle Obama. He has an M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois-Champaign, and a Practitioner’s Certificate in Intercultural Communications from the Institute for Intercultural Communications in Portland. David currently serves on the Illinois Federation for Community Schools Board, the Arts Schools Network Board, and the CAPE Advisory Board. He is also currently participating in the 2013-14 Chief Executive Program through National Arts Strategies; one of 50 global arts leaders brought together from around the world to explore new ways to tackle the most complex and critical challenges facing the field. He is a jazz pianist and writer.

Anurag Gupta is the Director of Research & Innovation at The Middle Project, Inc. and the Founder & CEO of BE MORE (, a social enterprise that aims to translate academic research on the root causes of social inequities into inspiring cultural content, such as animation videos and infographics, to inform and empower change agents to offer innovative solutions to our society’s intractable challenges. A published author on the subjects of social entrepreneurship and human rights, prior to BE MORE, Anurag was a Research Scholar in Law and Social Enterprise at the NYU School of Law where he investigated innovations in nonprofit financing and corporate structures. He also completed an in-depth study on Benefit Corporation, a corporate structure that provides conscious artists and entrepreneurs the option of doing business while honoring triple bottom line. He presented his research at different forums including the Social Venture Network (SVN), Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), UNESCO Chair Forum for Emerging Human Rights Practitioners, and Be Social Change. Previously, he was a Legal Fellow in Nonprofit Law at the Vera Institute of Justice where he addressed various legal, business, and organizational issues confronted by a wide range of Vera’s research departments, technical assistance programs, demonstration projects, and fiscally sponsored organizations, particularly the Pipeline Crisis/Winning Strategies for Young Black Men Initiative. Passionate about social justice and cultural engagement, Anurag is a member of Move The Crowd Academy, and sits on the advisory boards for New Native Theater in Minneapolis and Myanmar Mobile Education Project (MyME). Anurag has a JD from NYU School of Law, where he was a Root Tilden Kern Scholar and a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship, and an M.Phil in Development Studies from Cambridge University. In his spare time, he enjoys teaching yoga and tweeting. Follow him @AnuragNYC.

Erica Halverson is an Assistant Professor the Learning Sciences Area in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She earned a Ph.D. from the Learning Sciences Department at Northwestern University in 2005. Her overarching research interest is the intersection of identity and learning; in particular, she sees the dramaturgical process — the telling, adapting, and performing of personal narrative — as a sophisticated set of literacy practices that lie at this intersection. She examines this process both from a literacy studies perspective and from a developmental psychological perspective, asking questions about the literacy and performance practices themselves and about what these practices afford participating youth in terms of their struggles with positive identity development. As a learning scientist and former non-profit Executive Director, she is also interested in how this knowledge can inform the design of future programs that purposefully engage youth in complex struggles of self- and community presentation through the performance of their life stories. Her research as a co-principal investigator on the MacArthur Foundation-sponsored grant, focuses primarily on the application of the dramaturgical process to the practice of filmmaking.

Noah Keesecker is Director of Artist Development at Springboard for the Arts in Saint Paul, MN. Noah is a composer and multimedia artist and has served as an organizer for a number of events in the Twin Cities such as the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, the West Bank Arts Quarter Collective, and Salon3136 Concert Series. He has had numerous awards and commissions of his work, including an American Composers Forum Subito grant, McKnight Foundation Fellowship in Composition, and most recently a Jerome Fund for New Music. Noah has an M.A. in Music Composition, with a minor in Art, from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Music Composition and Theory from Central Michigan University.

Tom Linfield is Vice President of Grantmaking & Community Initiatives for the Madison Community Foundation (MCF). In this capacity he oversees $1.8 million in annual grantmaking to Dane County organizations. MCF is a major arts funder in Dane County and also holds the endowment funds of many local arts agencies. Recently funded arts initiatives include the new Madison Opera building, Madison Children’s Museum, Children’s Theater Cooperative, Overture Center’s senior engagement program, the Tommy Awards, the Wisconsin Youth Symphony’s “Endangered Instrument Project,” and keyboard classrooms for multiple elementary schools in the district. Tom has spent his career in non-profits, first as a grant writer and then as a foundation program officer. Prior to the Madison Community Foundation he was a curatorial assistant at The Massachusetts College of Art and a grant writer and program officer for Edgewood College, Wisconsin Public Television, and the National Center for Outreach. He is a practicing fine artist, exhibiting regularly in the Madison area. His must-read arts book recommendation this year is Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page, by Matt Kish.

Elizabeth Long-Lingo is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Innovative Leadership, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, Philadelphia University; and Founder of the Creative Enterprise Lab. Formerly of Vanderbilt University, Founding Director of Vanderbilt's Curb Creative Campus Initiative. Elizabeth Long Lingo, Founder and President of Nexus Works and the Creative Fluency Lab (website forthcoming), specializes in building individual and organizational capacity to imagine, negotiate, and implement novel solutions, creative projects, and change. A dynamic teacher and speaker, Elizabeth Lingo helps leaders break down silos, harness multi-disciplinary expertise, and negotiate the collective creative process. Elizabeth regularly speaks with executive and faculty audiences and has been a featured speaker at TedX and other national conferences focused on creativity, innovation, and higher education. Elizabeth earned her Ph.D. in the joint program in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School and Harvard University. She currently teaches Innovative Leadership in Philadelphia University’s Strategic Design MBA, The MBA for Hybrid Thinkers™, and has taught negotiations at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt. Elizabeth has published her research in top journals, including ASQ, Work and Occupations, Poetics, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Before launching the Creative Fluency Lab, Elizabeth was Founding Director of the Creative Campus Initiative at Vanderbilt University where she designed and implemented the nation’s first four-year Scholarship program focused on creativity, innovation, and the public good; a proposed minor in creative enterprise and public leadership; and a campus-wide signature programs such as the Creative Practice Boot Camp.

Dr. Mary Perkinson is native of Philadelphia and an award winning artist, educator, and community leader. She performs with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Sound Ensemble Wisconsin, Madison Bach Musicians, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, and has toured internationally with the Broadway musical The King and I. She has held positions at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the Madison Metropolitan School District, the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic, Madison Music Makers, and the D211 UW-Whitewater Chamber Music Retreat.

Heather Pontonio is the Program Officer for Art at the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (EHTF) where she oversees the Marketplace Empowerment for Artists (MEA) grant program that supports professional practice training for visual artists across the nation at both arts organizations and through MFA courses at universities. Heather also manages the Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award which supports innovation and experimentation at the curatorial level. Her previous role as Associate Vice President of Grants at the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg (ASC) included managing multiple grant programs for organizations and individual artists. She began her career in New York City where she worked with The Irish Repertory Theatre and The Little Orchestra Society in a variety of roles including development, membership, marketing, and box office management. Heather received her Bachelor’s in Arts Administration from State University of New York at Fredonia and her Master’s in Public Administration from New York University. She currently serves on the board of the Bethel Education Foundation and is a member of the Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) Support for Individual Artists Steering Committee.

Thaddeus Squire has been hailed as a visionary voice in the contemporary arts by David Patrick Stearns of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and was named one of Philadelphia’s top 76 “Creative Connectors” by Leadership Philadelphia in 2011. He has also received Philadelphia City Paper’s “Big Vision Issue Choice Awards ‘09” for his work as founder of Hidden City Philadelphia. As a curator, consultant, writer, and producer, Thaddeus has worked across a wide variety of disciplines, from history and heritage to the fine and performing arts. His particular interest is in building creative collaborations and new business models for the cultural and creative industries. Following fundraising and artistic work for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and contemporary music presenter Relâche, Thaddeus founded Peregrine Arts in 2005 with two business areas, multidisciplinary producing and management consulting. In 2010, Peregrine’s consulting practice was rebranded as CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia. In addition to serving as a Pennsylvania Humanities Council Commonwealth Speaker, he lectures extensively on cultural policy and practice. Thaddeus has a degree in music from Princeton University with a concentration in the history and philosophy of science and was a J. William Fulbright Scholar at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He also holds an orchestral conducting degree from the Leipziger Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.” He has served on numerous artistic and funding panels, including the Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the American Composers Forum (Philadelphia Chapter), Delaware Division of the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Thaddeus is a member of the Rittenhouse Club, The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, and the Franklin Inn Club.

John Surdyk is the Director of the Initiative for Studies in Transformational Entrepreneurship (INSITE), and Faculty Director of the Entrepreneurial Residential Learning Community at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining INSITE, Surdyk founded and led Re-Envision Consulting, LLC, a firm working with nonprofits throughout the United States and Canada pursuing innovative, earned-income strategies where novel approaches to social problems and new technologies could be deployed for public benefit. He has a strong interest in social entrepreneurship. He has studied the environmental impact of entrepreneurship in emerging economies at World Bank and stewardship of natural resources at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. Earlier in his career, Surdyk worked on strategic approaches to new markets and valuing damages in disputes at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park as well as Navigant Consulting in Chicago. He has authored several book chapters on corporate social responsibility, and he serves on the Finance Committee of the Overture Center, the board of the Advocacy Consortium for Entrepreneurs, and the City of Monona Community Development Authority tasked with economic recovery and blight elimination. Surdyk did his undergraduate work at Stanford University in Earth Systems Science/Economics and earned an M.B.A. at University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Sherry Wagner-Henry is the Director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration and Arts Business Initiative at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to her work at the Bolz Center she was director of graduate programs for the College of Continuing Education, and faculty director of the Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership (ACL) at University of Minnesota-Minneapolis/St. Paul. She created the ACL masters and, within the college, substantially grew the number of masters degrees and certificates. Through her efforts, enrollment, scholarship support, and general revenue all increased. Previously, at the University of Minnesota, she was managing director, University Theatre and Dance, and executive director, Minnesota Centennial Showboat.

Program Leadership

Sherry Wagner-Henry (see bio above)

Donald Hausch, Faculty Director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at UW-Madison, is a professor in the Department of Operations and Information Management. Research interests include auctions, competitive bidding, market efficiency, and the economic design of organizations; teaching interests include managerial economics, the economics of organizations, and game theory.

Rebecca Buckman, Assistant Director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, supports Bolz Center students (current and prospective), alumni, and staff in all aspects of the program from event planning to academic coordination.

Sarah Marty is the Arts Program Area Director for UW Continuing Studies and currently teaches the UW Arts Enterprise course the UW School of Business. A graduate of the the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, she was the 2008 winner of the Bartell Award for Excellence in the Arts.  Additional credits include work with Four Seasons Theatre, Madison Early Music Festival, Forward Theater Company, Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio, Madison Opera, and Madison Theatre Guild. She was the production manager for the May 2013 “Change Your Mind. Change Your Life” event with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and has been a member of the Production Staff for the UW-Madison Varsity Band Show since 2000.

Brooke Ekvall coordinates events and programs in Aging, Theatre, Dance, and Arts Management for UW Continuing Studies. She also manages the Mental Health and the Older Adult Certificate series and serves as its student advisor, is the customer service representative and administrator for the Nursing Home Administration program, and is Registration Coordinator for the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival.

Erica Halverson (see bio above)