Faculty & Staff
Students in arts administration programs at BU learn from leading professionals who have expertise in the most current challenges, trends, and best practices in the field. As practitioners, and not simply theorists, program faculty offer rich perspectives and insights that provide students with a uniquely hands-on approach to study—and that ground the arts administration curriculum in the realities of today’s arts organizations.
Perhaps most important of all, many arts administration program faculty are themselves musicians, photographers, painters, collectors, and performers, which means that they share with students a fundamental appreciation for the importance of maintaining a central place for the arts in the contemporary world.
Faculty & Staff
Janet M. Bailey (AR700-Leadership in the Arts and AR804 Advanced Management and Consulting) has an extensive career spanning both strategic consulting and direct line management in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. She is currently an independent consultant, providing marketing, strategic, development, organizational, and communications consulting services to arts and cultural organizations and other nonprofits. Prior to starting her consulting practice in 1997, Janet served for five years as General Manager and Director of Marketing for the Handel & Haydn Society. Earlier in her career she spent five years as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in their New York office and in several locations in Latin America. She holds B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Boston University. She has been on the Arts Administration faculty since 2000, and is the recipient of the 2007 Deveau Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. More
Ilana Barker (AR 721 – Advanced Arts Marketing Analytics) has over 15 years of experience working in marketing and data analytics management across multiple industries, but her passion has always been for the arts. She currently works full-time for the Flint Institute of Music (FIM) in Flint, Michigan, as Director of CRM and Analytics, and is able to excel at the role from her remote home office in Boston. As a senior leader within FIM’s external relations division, Ilana supports the FIM’s symphony orchestra, repertory theatre, school of performing arts, and other produced and presented programs by centralizing analytics for business decisions and encouraging her colleagues to be data-driven. Ilana also manages the implementations and integrations of various systems, including training of colleagues, for streamlined processes. More
Lucas Blackadar (AR 778 – Legal Issues) is the Deputy Director for the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, where he manages the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. An arts and entertainment lawyer, Luke advises artists, creative workers, and arts and cultural organizations of all creative disciplines in matters concerning intellectual property, contracts, and business formation and governance. Luke also frequently gives talks on legal and business topics for creative entrepreneurs and startups, and has presented legal workshops to such audiences as MassArt, RISD, Art World Conference, and the Americans for the Arts. More
Melissa Caolo (AR 752 – Strategies for Performing Arts Businesses) has enjoyed a career managing in several capacities in the performing arts. Her roots as a stage manager and production manager, and arts administrator led to opportunities as an educator. Her work in stage and production management includes positions at major American dance companies, touring extensively in the United States and throughout the world; most notably, New York City Ballet, Trisha Brown Dance Company, and the Martha Graham Dance Company among others.
Douglas DeNatale, PhD (AR 690—The Art World, AR 740—Technology and Arts Administration, AR 749 – Research and Program Evaluation in the Arts, AR 800 – Directed Study, AR 804—Advanced Management and Consulting for Arts Organizations) is the director of the Arts Administration program. Prior to joining the Metropolitan College faculty, he was the president of Community Logic, Inc., an arts consulting firm specializing in research and documentation. He previously served as director of research for the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), where he played an instrumental role in forecasting the emerging creative economy and in developing the web-based research database CultureCount. Formerly, Doug was director of the oral history and folklife program and director of collections at the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum. More
Evans, Brooke DiGiovanni
Brooke DiGiovanni Evans has been working in cultural institutions for over 20 years at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Plimoth Plantation, Boston Museum of Science and the Peabody Essex Museum. She has focused on museum education, curatorial work, program evaluation, and exhibition development. Brooke recently co-founded the Center for Visual Arts in Healthcare at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and is the Director of Visual Arts Education at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is also a lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Currently she is on the Board of Directors for the National Organization for Arts in Health. Recently she served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Museum Education Roundtable, a national organization which produces the quarterly Journal of Museum Education and was on the Board for the New England Museum Association. More
Grossman, Jason E
Jason E. Grossman (AR 751 – Commercial Production: The Broadway Model) is a Tony and Olivier award-winning theatrical producer. Current productions include the new West End musical Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder (co-producer on UK tour), the Tony nominated and Olivier Award-winning musical Come From Away (Broadway, Toronto, North American Tour, West End, and Australia) and the musical Romantics Anonymous which premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in the fall of 2017, and was produced at Bristol Old Vic in 2020 in anticipation of a North American tour. Recent productions include Shear Madness and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (winner of the 2013 Tony, Drama Desk, NY Drama Critics, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play), as well as Nevermore — The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe (nominated for three 2015 Lortel Awards including Outstanding Musical). Jason’s other producing credits include the Broadway and National Tour engagements of Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards) and The Pee-wee Herman Show, and the Olivier Award-nominated West End production of Lend Me A Tenor The Musical, a musical comedy based on the international hit play by Ken Ludwig. More
Grossman, Wendy Swart
Wendy Swart Grossman (AR 789 – Creative Startups: From Idea to Impact) is a nonprofit and foundation consultant with expertise in building effective partnerships, strategic planning and investment, board development, creative fundraising, publicity and social media, impact investing, and workshop facilitation. She has held positions at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History and Graduate School of Design, as well as at the Science Museum in London. Wendy brings a political background to the program, having served as the United States national campaign manager to the Fund for Democratic Elections in South Africa during Nelson Mandela’s historic 1994 campaign and as a national volunteer coordinator for U.S. presidential campaigns. More
Blair Spotswood Hollis (she/hers) joined Boston Ballet as the Director of Development in June 2021 and leads Boston Ballet’s efforts to meet contributed revenue targets, diversify and grow Boston Ballet’s Boards, and shape Boston Ballet’s reputation in Boston and beyond. Previously, Hollis worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for 10+ years in a variety of roles and most recently served as the Head of Institutional Relations, overseeing the Museum’s corporate, foundation, and government giving programs and partnering with 200+ leading companies and organizations across the Commonwealth and beyond. More
Holm Hartigan, Amanda
Amanda Holm (AR 750 – Financial Management for Nonprofits), originally from Boston, is the Project Director for Economic Mobility at CFLeads. Shortly after earning her B.A. in Government and Spanish from Harvard University, Amanda began her career in the nonprofit sector, spending several years working directly with youth in the Greater Boston area. She completed her graduate degree at Boston University in 2014, earning an MBA with a focus in Public and Nonprofit Management. More.
Hughes, Jennifer R
Jennifer Ritvo Hughes (AR 771- Managing Performing Arts Organizations) has spent the last 11 years leading performing arts organizations through a period of seismic change. She currently serves as CEO of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In her role, she leads a national team that supports one of the world’s top orchestras by developing critical opportunities for cultural ambassadorship and raising friends and funds from the US and Canadian markets. More
Michael W. Ibrahim, CFRE, (Certified Fund Raising Executive), (AR 550 – Raising Funds and Grant Writing) is the Chief Program and Impact Officer at TSNE, a $70 million nonprofit management and capacity building organization that strengthens organizations working towards creating a just and equitable society. As a member of the executive leadership team, Michael oversees and develops TSNE’s national program areas, including organizational development consulting & training, executive search & transition, cohort learning, and property services. In addition, he oversees TSNE’s communications, marketing, learning, and evaluation efforts. More
Robert Jones (AR 753 – Current Trends in the Performing Arts Industry) is an advertising, marketing, and public relations professional with over 16 years of experience in the theatrical industry focused on creating and managing entertainment and cultural brands, Robert Jones has directed campaigns for over 80 Broadway shows and other performing arts institutions. Starting his career in management, he company-managed the off-Broadway production of The Awesome 80s Prom and was the Assistant Company Manager of The Drowsy Chaperone (Broadway, pre-Broadway Los Angeles) More
Timothy Kadish (AR 779 – Public Art Administration) is a multimedia fine artist whose work focuses on a “space of becoming,” a sort of diagram or gathering of matter represented as sign and symbol. He has found a special affinity for artist materials and their various alchemical properties, and uses this awareness as a springboard to new work. Timothy continues to share his enthusiasm in the classroom through a variety of fine arts courses with focused themes on site-specific & studio art, fabrication, and installation. More
Lew Karabatsos (AR 723 – Individual Fundraising) is a consulting grant writer for nonprofits, including Children’s Hospital Boston (MA) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell Libraries. His career in corporate America spans from being Vice President, Corporate Philanthropy and Workplace Communications for Monster Worldwide (MA) and Executive Vice President of Client Relations for CreateHope (Washington, D.C.), to Director of Global Philanthropy for Hewlett Packard (CA). More
Anita M. Lauricella (AR 804- Advanced Management and Consulting) has been committed throughout her professional career to applying strategic thinking, operational assessments, and financial analysis to serve the needs of community nonprofit organizations. Since 2001, she has worked as an independent consultant, providing financial management, program development, coalition-building, and strategic planning consulting to organizations involved in the arts, community service, and education. Recent projects have focused on place management, arts-based place-making, cultural facilities, and cultural economic development. In the spring of 2020, Anita joined her longtime colleague, Janet Bailey, to teach Advanced Management and Consulting. More
Lee, Susan E.
Susan E. Lee (AR 753 – Current Trends in the Performing Arts Industry), for 30 years has been an innovator and an industry leader working with many theatrical producing companies and non-profit arts organizations. She introduced Camp Broadway LLC in 1995 and has since managed the brand, business and program development. In addition to her role as founder and managing member of the company, she served as Chief Marketing Officer for The Nederlander Producing Company of America, where she oversaw new business partnerships and marketing. During her time with the company, she successfully developed and launched Audience Rewards, now the official loyalty program for Broadway; The National High School Musical Theatre Awards aka The Jimmy’s Awards, named in honor of James M. Nederlander; and InTheatre Network, which is now operating across all Broadway theatres. More
Wyona Lynch-McWhite (AR 781- Special Topics) is Executive Director of the Social Innovation Forum in Boston MA. The Social Innovation Forum is a place based intermediary organization that creates positive social change in Greater Boston by engaging leaders, strengthening organizations and building networks with a priority on those who are historically excluded in traditional philanthropy. More
Ross Miller (AR 779 – Public Art Administration) is a visual artist whose work integrates art into the public landscape. Through site based projects he seeks to create community identity in outdoor spaces, and create places for private reflection within public environments. Rather than imposing a specific medium or content on a site, the ideas evolve by examining the site’s ecological and social history, patterns of pedestrian activity, quality of light, and proposed future uses in order to create public artwork that makes direct connection with the site, heightening one’s experience of being in that specific place. Sited in publicly accessible locations – urban squares and parks, in schools, subway tunnels, along highways and over city streets – these projects evolve through collaboration with local residents, school and community groups, planners, architects, landscape architects and other artists. The projects range from urban and architectural scale installations to intimate pedestrian scale sculptures. More
Lauren O’Neal (AR 766 – Arts and the Community) is the director and curator of the Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy and a faculty member at Boston University. Previously, she directed and taught in the arts management program at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. O’Neal has curated exhibits for the Federal Reserve Bank, the Somerville Museum, and the Nave Gallery, among others, and written for publications including Art New England. More
David Orlinoff (AR 750 – Financial Management for Nonprofits) has been teaching the Financial Management class in the Arts Administration program since 2005. He is a financial executive and consultant, specializing in mission-based organizations. Over more than 30 years in the nonprofit sector, David has been the interim or full-time CFO of such organizations as Franklin Pierce University, Lasell University, DeCordova Museum, Oxfam America, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Education Development Center, Facing History and Ourselves, and Boston Ballet. More
Nicholas Peterson (AR720 Marketing and Audience Development for the Arts) brings over 20 years of theatre experience both onstage and off, and has worked on marketing and web strategies for arts, non-profit organizations, and small businesses since the dot-com boom of the late 1990s/early 2000s. Since 2010, he has worked at Central Square Theater as the Director of Marketing. Prior to that, he has worked in marketing at the American Repertory Theater, New Repertory Theatre, consulting, and working on his own projects, including ExploreBostonTheatre.com, an online-only media outlet dedicated to Boston Theatre (no longer online). More
Daniel Ranalli, Associate Professor Emeritus is the founding director of Arts Administration at Boston University. Joining BU in 1992, he served as the Arts Administration program director for 23 years—teaching Art World, Arts in Barcelona, and Arts in Cuba—and initiated the degree program’s international travel courses. A working visual artist for over 35 years, Daniel’s work can be found in the permanent collections of more than 30 museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, and the Smithsonian National Gallery of American Art. More
Emily Ruddock (AR 730 – Political and Public Advocacy for the Arts) is the Executive Director of MASS Creative. MASS Creative is the statewide arts and cultural advocacy organization, and has been one of the most effective arts advocacy organizations in the nation since its founding in 2012. Emily is nationally recognized for her advocacy leadership, serving as a Board Member for the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and as co-chair of the Program Committee for Americans for the Arts State Arts Advocacy Network. More
Steven Schnepp (AR 754- Global Performing Arts Presenting and Producing) is the president of Broadway Booking Office NYC, a theatrical tour booking, marketing and press agency representing touring Broadway, London-based shows and family productions. With over 38 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Steve has collaborated on more than 75 productions. His current projects include Jersey Boys, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, A Bronx Tale, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, The Last Ship starring Sting among others. More
Simboski, Mary Doorley
Mary Doorley Simboski, ACFRE (Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive) (AR 711 – Capital Campaigns) is a development professional with more than 30 years of experience in fundraising. She has planned and directed capital and annual campaigns for social service, arts, educational, and health care organizations. Currently, she is Managing Director for Changing Our World, a global consulting firm working in fundraising, corporate social responsibility, analytics, and communications. She has served in many roles for the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the local and national levels and currently serves as a member of the global Ethics Committee. More
Blaire Townshend (AR 752 – Strategies for Performing Arts Businesses) currently serves as Senior Manager of Membership Services & Professional Development at The Broadway League, the trade association for the Broadway industry both in New York and across North America. The League represents the employers of the industry – theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers, among others. Blaire began at the League as an intern in 2016 and has remained in the Membership department ever since, moving from Associate to Manager and, most recently, to Senior Manager. More
Jason Weeks (AR 766- Arts and the Community) is the executive director of the Cambridge Arts, a city department and public nonprofit agency that engages residents and visitors through programming designed to stimulate awareness, participation, and support for the arts. Jason works with an advisory board, trustees of the nonprofit, Cambridge Public Art Commission, elected officials, city administration, and agency staff to oversee an award-winning Public Art Program, agency grantmaking, and a variety of produced programs and events that positively impact the lives and work of local and regional artists, creatives, arts organizations, and residents and visitors to Cambridge. More