||Harmon Greenblatt, Director of the Graduate Program in Arts Administration
Harmon Greenblatt has been teaching and working in the field of arts management his
entire professional career. His full-time teaching positions include Columbia College
Chicago and the University of Hartford. Prior to his current position he also directed
arts councils in Evanston and Decatur, Illinois and has been a producer, presenter,
and manager in Illinois, New Jersey, and California. This summer, Harmon is serving
as academic head of UNO's Prague Summer Seminar. For more information on the 2012
Prague Summer Seminar, click here.
||Tony Micocci, Associate Director/Theater Overview and Marketing
Tony Micocci brings 35 years of experience in international performing arts management
to UNO'S Graduate Program in Arts Administration, including directorship of the renowned
New York City Center, and agency representation of artists and producers at the level
of Ireland's national Abbey Theatre, the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard, Basil
Twist, Twyla Tharp and Marcel Marceau. Tony is the author of the definitive textbook
on international tour booking: Booking Performance Tours/Marketing and Acquiring Live Arts and Entertainment (Allworth Press, 2008) and holds and MBA from Columbia University in New York City.
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||Richard Read, Marketing the Arts and Arts Technology
Richard Read holds a B.A. from Milsaps College, an M.A. from Tulane University, and
an M.A. in Arts Administration from UNO. He has served as managing director of the
Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, managing director for the local arts festival, Dramarama,
and program manager for the International Theater Institute of the United States.
Professional affiliations include the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the
Louisiana Partnership for the Arts, and the Louisiana Presenters Network. He has extensive
experience in marketing, public relations, grant writing, program administration,
arts technology, web and graphic design, and event production. He currently serves
as director of marketing for the NOCCA Institute.
||Lauren Bierbaum, Development
Lauren Bierbaum has nearly a decade of experience working with nonprofit organizations.
Her areas of expertise include development, program evaluation, strategic planning,
and qualitative research methodologies. She is currently the director of research
at the Greater New Orleans Afterschool Partnership. Lauren has also worked as a market
research consultant in the Philadelphia area. Lauren holds an M.S. in developmental
psychology and a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale University.
||Joann Ricci, Development
With over twenty years in the non-profit sector, Joann understands the field and
its challenges well. She has applied her knowledge and experience to lead a variety
of arts and cultural, advocacy and community leadership organizations in Illinois,
Colorado and Michigan including executive director of the Michigan Alliance for Arts
Education and Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities. She served as a longtime
program director with the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies.
She is currently the Vice President of the Greater New Orleans Foundation where she
has inaugurated the Organizational Effectiveness initiative dedicated to nonprofit
As founder and principal of RicciGroup, Joann has consulted with arts, philanthropic,
education and other non-profit organizations to develop effective strategies and programs
to meet mission driven needs, provide assistance in planning and all aspects of organizational
She has served as a grant panelist for many state arts councils and for the National
Endowment for the Arts and has been a board member for various visual and performing
arts organizations and arts foundation boards in Illinois, Michigan and Colorado.
Kellie Chavez Greene, Development
Kellie is the Vice President of the Louisiana Associate of Nonprofit Organizations.
She leads LANO's capacity-building and governance initiatives including curriculum
and tool development. Kellie oversees LANO's regional New Orleans and Shreveport
offices and plays a major role in LANO's long term development strategy. Greene previously
operated a successful eight-year private consulting practice, drawing from a strong
background in community, organizational and leadership development. Kellie is a recognized
trainer and facilitator in the areas of strategic planning, fund development, governance
and other areas of nonprofit management and community development. Greene holds a
MFA in Social-Documentary Photography from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge,
LA, and a BFA in Communications from St. Edward's University in Austin, TX.
||Ashlye Keaton, Arts Law
Ashlye M. Keaton, Esq. practices entertainment and intellectual property law concentrating
on music licensing and arts advocacy. Keaton is co-founder/supervising attorney for
the Entertainment Law Legal assistance project (ELLA), providing free legal services
to artist and musicians and also runs another pro bono legal clinic though Sweet Home
New Orleans in partnership with the ford Foundation. Among other boards, she has served
on the Board of Governors for the Nation Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, better
known as the Grammy's. In addition to being an adjunct professor in the Arts Administration
program, Keaton is also an adjunct professor at Tulane Law school.
||Gene Meneray, Visual Arts Overview
Gene Meneray has been with the Arts Council of New Orleans since 2001. A native New
Orleanian, and graduate of Tulane University, Gene worked for Thomas Mann Design,
and as Public Art Manager for South East Effective Development in Seattle, WA. At
the Arts Council, Gene works to develop the cultural economy of our region. He has
developed new programs including the Artist as Entrepreneur Program, ELLA Project
(winner of the 2008 Governor's Arts Award) for Cultural Economy Development, and the
Arts Market of New Orleans. Gene has served as a panelist for the National Endowment
for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, on the advisory committee for
Crescent City Lights Youth Theatre, and as a volunteer grant writer for the New Orleans
Mardi Gras Indian Council and the Creole Wild West. He is a board member of the Louisiana
Crafts Guild, and he is also a contributing author of the State of Louisiana's cultural
economy plan, Louisiana: Where Culture Means Business. In 2008, he was named one of The Gambit's 40 Under 40.
||Roy Bass (CPAE Program)
Roy Baas is a native of New Orleans and has lived and worked there and in Los Angeles
California. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of
New Orleans and completed the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University
in Baton Rouge Louisiana. His business and academic career includes over two decades
of experience in commercial banking and as a principal and senior consultant of Banking
& Business Consultants. Bass has also spent 14 years as adjunct professor of finance
and entrepreneurship at the University of New Orleans, and 7 years as adjunct professor
of finance & economics at the University of New Orleans International Summer School,
||Darrel Kau(CPAE Program)
Darrel Kau has over 15 years of experience presenting and marketing cultural events.
Previous arts management positions held include:Director of the Cultural Forum at
the University of Oregon; Presenting Program Manager for the Hult Center for the Performing
Arts; Marketing Director for the Eugene Ballet Company; Marketing & Development consultant
for the Eugene Concert Choir, among others. He has been a grant review panelist for
the Western States Arts Federation's Tour-West Program, the Oregon Cultural Trust,
and the Oregon Arts Commission. Mr.Kau serves on the Arts Foundation of Western Oregon
Board of the Oregon Community Foundation. He is an adjunct faculty member of the University
of Oregon's Arts & Administration Program where he teaches courses on marketing, arts
presenting and event management.
||Michael Wilkerson (CPAE Program)
Michael Wilkerson is an assistant professor at American University in the Department
of Performing Arts. He has worked as a university administrator, freelance writer,
director of two multidisciplinary artists' residency programs, founding chair of a
national service/advocacy organization, and as founding editor of a national literary
magazine. Additionally, he has taught writing, arts management, literary interpretation
and other subjects for more than two decades, at Indiana, DePauw, Wisconsin and at
the School of the Art Institute. Michael has served as a grants panelist for the NEA
and many other organizations and specializes in cultural policy and artists' support
||Andrew Maxfield (CPAE Program)
Andrew Maxfield directs the Influencer Institute, a strategy consulting firm for
the nonprofit sector. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Brigham Young University,
where he helps students in artistic disciplines learn and practice the foundations
of entrepreneurship. A graduate of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Andrew was previously an associate at the Consensus
Building Institute, a leading negotiation training and research firm based in Cambridge,
||Todd Wetzel (CPAE Program)
Todd Wetzel is the director of Purdue Convocations, the multidisciplinary arts presenting
organization at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) where he presents over 30 performances
each season across the performing arts and commercial spectrum. Previously, he served
as director of the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts. Industry service includes
board member for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, co-chair for the Midwest
Arts Conference, and as grant panelist for the NEA and the Indiana Arts Commission.
He holds an interdisciplinary BA in Music & Business (principal instrument: piano)
and an MBA.
||Neil Benson (CPAE Program)
Neil Benson has been with the New York based Opus 3 Artists (formerly ICM Artists)
since 1990, where he is Senior Vice-President. Opus 3 Artists is a performing arts
management company whose roster includes classical musicians, symphony orchestras,
dance companies and jazz, theatre and world music ensembles. Having started in the
Publicity Department, stuffing press kits, Neil went on to be the National Director
of the Booking Department for eight years, until 2011. He now manages the touring
activities of The Chieftains, Stewart Copeland, Barbara Cook, Hugh Masekela, Béla
Fleck and Suzanne Vega, amongst others.
||Maria Guralnik (CPAE Program)
Maria Guralnik coordinates the Arts Management program at Purchase College, State
Unviersity of New York currently serving over 200 undergraduate majors. From 1993
- 2009, Ms. Guralnik served as General Manager of the Van Cliburn Foundation where
she oversaw career development for the winners of the Van Cliburn International Piano
Competition including the contracting and servicing of all U.S. engagements and coordination
of international tours following each quadrennial competition. She is a past president
of the North American Performing Arts Managers Association and was a managerial associate
at Columbia Artists Management where she was involved in touring a wide variety of
internationally renowned soloists and ensembles. In addition to her full-time teaching
load at Purchase, Ms. Guralnik is personal representative for classical pianist Frederic
Chiu and serves on the board of Vanaver Caravan, a touring professional dance and
music ensemble based in the Hudson Valley.