TEACHING

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My work as a teacher has ranged from coaching rowing and teaching music in the public schools to workshops for arts nonprofits, teaching arts entrepreneurship and business in the Wisconsin Business School and at UW-Whitewater, and participating on the collaborative team behind the Shakespeare in Community MOOC.

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The Bolz Center is committed to training leaders who are curious, life-long learners. Through focused curriculum, discussion, research, and analysis of arts and cultural nonprofit management, the Bolz Center refines our collective understanding of what it means to manage and lead in this challenging, rewarding, and ever-changing field.  Our program offers two degrees:  a 2-year MBA in Arts Administration and a 1-year accelerated MA in Arts & Creative Enterprise Leadership. 

As Interim Co-Director of the Bolz Center in the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison, I bring extensive experience in artistic collaboration and administrative leadership, a passion for sharing the arts with broader audiences, and a strong background in working collaboratively with stakeholders at multiple organizations on a wide variety of projects to the program.  After spearheading a comprehensive, cooperative, curriculum development project in Summer 2020, I now teach Arts Entrepreneurship I, Arts Management Seminar I and II, and Professional Development I and II, and curate the new Alumni Spotlight Speaker Series and new Creative Placemaking Speaker Series

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HOLDING HISTORY is a public humanities program that invites audiences to hold, explore, and Since 2015, Holding History, a public humanities program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has introduced the history of media & book arts to intergenerational audiences. We host an annual slate of collaborative special events & interactive experiences—from hands-on papermaking workshops on campus mall to science-fair-style events in rare book libraries where students invite audiences to turn the pages of centuries-old books.

 

These bookish conversations continue in digital form on our website through The Bookish Blog, HH-produced videos about book history & bookmaking, & the Holding History Podcast. Learn More

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Hamilton: An American Musical tells the story of the founding of the country and the Revolution, while also commenting on contemporary issues in America today. With a soundtrack and script that fuses classical musical theatre and poetry with elements of popular music and hip hop, its storytelling both builds on the past and looks to the future.  A cultural phenomenon that exemplifies the highest excellence in the genre,  Hamilton appeals to a diverse audience far beyond the lights of Broadway and the success of the show is changing what theatre is being produced - what stories are being told and who is telling them.

As a theatre producer and arts educator, I’ve lectured extensively on Hamilton: An American Musical (University of Missouri, Badger Talks, Downtown Madison Rotary Club, Wisconsin Public Radio’s University of the Air, to name a few) and have taught credit and noncredit classes for the Department of Theatre and Drama and UW Continuing Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Over the years I’ve been an artistic collaborator, an administrative connector, and a teaching assistant for legendary performer Professor Mike Leckrone – doing my best to make it possible for Mike to do what he does best, bringing the joy of music and his incredible stories and the Badger spirit to audiences across the state and the world.

 

Since 2001, I’ve served as a key member of the production team for the University of Wisconsin Varsity Band Spring Concert at the Kohl Center.  Starting as the “Voice to Mike” in 2001, I stepped into the role of Production Manager in 2004 and served as the stage director and “Right Hand Man” for the UW Band Show for Professor Mike Leckrone until his retirement in May 2019.  Since then we’ve collaborated on a number of projects including the History of Big Bands Series of courses for UW Continuing Studies and two projects for Four Seasons Theatre, Musical Matinees with Mike and an Echoes of the Jazz Age concert program, both of which have been postponed due to the pandemic. 

Since March 2020, I've facilitated six "Listening with Leckrone" Zoom classes (4 weeks each, 125-200 students each), handling all marketing, registration, and tech support, as well as serving as Teaching Assistant for Professor Leckrone.  Starting in January 2022, I'm mentoring podcast producer Sam Taylor as he works with Professor Mike Leckrone to research, develop, and record a new podcast series that's sure to appeal to music lovers of all generations.

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From Fall 2017 through Spring 2020, I served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Department of Theatre/Dance in the College of Fine Art & Communication.  As the lead instructor of the Arts Management program I developed curriculum for and taught courses in Creative Enterprise, Nonprofit Arts Management, Funding & Finance in the Arts, Performing Arts Administration & Operations, Applied Studies in Arts Marketing, and World of the Arts.

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Throughout 2015, University of Wisconsin-Madison offered a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that were free and open to lifelong learners around the world.  Led by Professor Jesse Stommel, our team co-created a massive public digital humanities event and 4-week class that introduced a broad audience of learners to Shakespeare, as we collectively read, watched, and engaged with four plays.  In addition to interviewing scholars from the Folger Shakespeare Library and higher education, we also collaborated with actors and directors from Young Shakespeare Players (Madison, WI) and American Players Theatre (Spring Green, WI).  With over 22,000 participants from 160 countries, it was the most successful project in the series.  In 2016 and 2017 we welcomed lifelong learners to Spring Green for Shakespearience Weekends of lectures and learning events led by our teaching team, fabulous farm-to-table meals at Arcadia Bookstore and The General Store, and magical performances in the Up-The-Hill Theater by American Players Theatre.