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

Armstrong, Christine

Christine M. Armstrong (AR 789 – Cultural Entrepreneurship) is an educator, art-activist, cultural strategist, mentor, and woman of color committed to centering access, equity, and inclusivity. Through this work, Christine has been recognized as a subject matter expert and thought leader for her commitment to the community and steering its efforts toward self-empowerment and social equity. More

Bailey, Janet

Janet M. Bailey (AR 802/803 — Internship) has an extensive career spanning both strategic consulting and direct line management in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. She is currently President of her own consulting practice, Janet Bailey Associates, which provides marketing, strategic, development, organizational, and communications consulting services to arts and cultural organizations and other nonprofits. Recent and current clients include organizations of all sizes that are engaged in theater, classical music, opera, dance, and visual arts, along with several educational institutions, collaborative arts consortiums, funding organizations, performing arts facilities, arts service institutions, and other nonprofit organizations. More

Barker, Ilana

Ilana Barker (AR 781 – Special Topics in Arts Administration) has over 11 years working in marketing data analytics, but her experience in the arts goes back even further. As the product of two professional classical musicians – affectionately known as a “BSO Brat” – Ilana spent summers moving to Tanglewood in the Berkshires with her father Ed Barker, Principal Bass of the Boston Symphony. In college she began ushering at Symphony Hall, soaking up countless concerts, and continued to usher part-time until 2020. A graduate of Boston University’s School of Management (B.S.A. with concentrations in Marketing and Operations and Technology Management), Ilana spent over five years working in Marketing Operations and Business Intelligence at TechTarget, an enterprise level content marketing firm focused on the tech sector. More

Blackadar, Lucas

Lucas Blackadar (AR 778 – Legal Issues) is the Director of Legal Services for the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, where he manages the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts. An arts and entertainment lawyer, Luke advises independent artists and arts and cultural organizations of all creative disciplines in matters concerning intellectual property, contract, 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

Caolo, Melissa

 Melissa Caolo (AR 752 – Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Commercial Performing Arts) is currently Managing Director for Camp Broadway, LLC based in New York City. Currently celebrating 25 years as Broadway’s original destination for theater-loving kids offering signature musical theater and special event programming in New York City and 10 partner cities throughout the United States as well as collaborations with international partners in Honduras, Portugal, China and Korea. She oversees all administrative and creative staff as well as managing and implementing operations for programming and events in all locations. More

DeNatale, Douglas

Doug DenataleDouglas 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 programs. 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 ( AR 722 A1 Educational Programming in Cultural Institutions) 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 currently works as the Director of Visual Arts Education at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Currently she serves on the Board for the New England Museum Association. In addition, she’s been part of the theater community as the Director of Development for Theatre on Fire for ten years. More

Grossman, Jason E

Jason E. Grossman (AR 751 –  Commercial Production: The Broadway Model) is a Tony and Olivier award-winning theatrical producer and founder of Plush Theatricals. He is the lead-producer of the musical Romantics Anonymous (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and US Tour 2020) and co-founder of Radio Mouse Entertainment. Currently with Radio Mouse he is a co-producer on Come From Away (Broadway, West End, National Tour, Toronto and Australia). Other credits include: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play) starring Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce, the Broadway and National Tour engagements of Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards), The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadwayand the Olivier Award-nominated West End production of Lend Me A Tenor The Musical, a new musical comedy based on the international hit play by Ken Ludwig. More

Grossman, Wendy Swart

Wendy_SwartGrossmanWendy Swart Grossman (AR 789 – Cultural Entrepreneurship) 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. More

Hollis, Blair

Blair Spotswood Hollis (she/hers) is the Head of Institutional Relations at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and oversees the MFA’s corporate, foundation and government giving programs. Since 2011, Hollis has worked at the MFA in a variety of roles, from starting in the Visitor Experience department and managing the Visitor Center’s 300+ volunteers to running the Museum’s Sponsorship and Corporate Membership programs. More

Holm Hartigan, Amanda

amanda holmAmanda Holm (AR 750 – Financial Management for Nonprofits) originally from Boston, is the Manager of Nonprofit Effectiveness at The Boston Foundation. 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)  joined Boston Baroque as executive director in November of 2018. As the group’s chief administrative officer, Hughes is responsible for the overall management and oversight of Boston Baroque’s finances, development, operations, artistic performances, educational outreach and long-range planning. Prior to joining Boston Baroque, Hughes served as Executive Director of Cantata Singers for six and a half years. In her previous experience as Director of Publicity and Coordination for the Arts at Wellesley College, she led the promotion of the College’s public arts and cultural events and ran the Music Department’s Concert Series. More

Ibrahim, Michael

Michael_IbrahimMichael W. Ibrahim, CFRE, (Certified Fund Raising Executive), (AR 550 – Raising Funds and Grant Writing) is program manager for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Investment Portfolio, a $5 million grant program that supports 400 nonprofit arts, humanities, and interpretive science organizations across the Commonwealth. In Addition to grant making, Michael is responsible for the Council’s Organizational Resiliency strategies and initiatives for cultural organizations with annual budgets up to $150 million. More

Juárez, Benjamín

Benjamín Juárez (AR 510 – Arts Leaders Forum) is professor of fine arts at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts (CFA) and professor of the practice in the Arts Administration degree program. He served as dean of the College of Fine Arts from 2010 until 2015. Prior to joining BU, he was general director the Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART), Mexico’s national arts center, during which time he launched joint programs with the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. More

Kadish, Timothy

kadish2Timothy 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

Karabatsos, Lew

Lewis KarabatsosLew 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 

Lauricella, Anita

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. 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

Lynch-McWhite, Wyona

wyona2Wyona Lynch-McWhite (AR 774 –Managing Visual Arts) is Vice President at Arts Consulting Group in their Museum and Executive Search practice areas.  Prior to join ACG, she was Executive Director of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard MA. Founded in 1914, Fruitlands Museum is dedicated to the Art, History and Nature.  She served as Deputy and then Executive Director of Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton MA.  Fuller Craft is New England’s only museum of contemporary craft, is dedicated to the objects, ideas, and insight that inspire both patrons and artists to explore life through the art of contemporary craft. More

Miller, Ross

 Ross Miller

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

O’Neal, Lauren

Lauren_ONeal_croppedLauren 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 EnglandMore

Orlinoff, David

orlinoff-parkDavid 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 the nonprofit sector. Since 2015 he has been the Chief Financial Officer of Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational nonprofit headquartered in Brookline, MA. Previously he was the interim or full-time CFO of such organizations as Franklin Pierce University, DeCordova Museum, Oxfam America, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Education Development Center, Hebrew College, and Boston Ballet. More

Peterson, Nicholas

Nick_PetersonNicholas 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

Ranalli, Daniel

03F Daniel Ranelli_ImageDaniel 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

Ruddock, Emily

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. More


Schnepp, Steven

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 Vice President of Development at the Archdiocese of Boston.    She serves on the International Association of Fundraising Professionals ACFRE Certification Board and Research Council.  She is also a Board Member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the AFP. More

Weeks, Jason

jason-weeks width=Jason Weeks (AR 766- Arts and the Community) is the executive director of the Cambridge Arts Council, 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/Percent-for-Art program, the Cambridge Arts Grant Program, Cambridge Street Performer Program, and a variety of annual produced events including Cambridge River Festival, Summer in the City, and Cambridge Open Studios. More