About

Prior to his appointment as Dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts, Dan, Professor of Arts and Entertainment Management in the School of Drama, most recently served as Director of the Institute for the Management of Creative Enterprises (IMCE), a collaborative initiative of the College of Fine Arts and the H. John Heinz III College, which provides professional graduate-level management training for the culture and entertainment industries through its Master of Arts Management (MAM) and Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) programs; and applied research and support services through its Technology in the Arts (TitA), devoted to the advancement of the use of computer and information technology in the arts management process.

Dan’s vision and effort built IMCE into what it is today.  He joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1992 to direct the MAM Program.  In the mid-90s, as Internet technology was just emerging beyond the academy, Dan founded the Center for Arts Management and Technology (CAMT), which morphed into TitA in 2011.  The MEIM Program, an innovative academic program that includes a year of educational and practical work in Los Angeles, was established by Dan in 2004 to serve the management education needs of the film and television industries.

Dan has authored a number of reports, magazine articles and journal articles on arts management and related issues, and is co-author/co-editor with Francois Colbert of HEC/Montreal of Marketing Planning for Culture and the Arts: Fundamental Principles and Practices for Building an Effective Marketing Campaign published in the fall of 2008.

Dan is privileged to be an annual visiting faculty member at the University of Bologna (Italy) in the Gestione e Innovazione delle Organizzazioni Culturali e Artistiche (GIOCA) — Management and Innovation in Arts and Culture Organizations — for which he teaches a course on American fundraising principles and practices. For five years, Dan taught budgeting and finance management at the European Summer Academy for Cultural Management in Salzburg, Austria, presented by the International Center for Culture Management (ICCM).

Dan has held workshops and master classes in arts management, organizational structure, information technology, board development and other topics at universities and for arts-service organizations across the United States as well as in Canada, Germany, Spain, Austria, Greece and Italy.

Dan serves on the advisory or steering committees of several professional or research institutions.  He serves on the advisory board of the Fitzcarraldo Foundation, an arts management training and consulting center in Turin, Italy. Dan also served as a member of the steering committee of the Arts, Technology and Intellectual Property project of the American Assembly at Columbia University and as a charter member of the Research Task Force for the Center for Arts and Culture, a non-partisan arts policy institute in Washington, DC..

Dan consults with arts and cultural organizations in strategic planning, information technology, finance management, marketing, and board development. He served as a site evaluator for the Theatre Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. Dan is past president of the Association of Arts Administration Educators. Dan also served as a member of the advisory board of Arts Wire, a pioneer in online programs and services for the arts and artists, a former project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYC).

Prior to joining the academic community in 1989 as director of the arts management program at The University of Akron (Ohio), Dan spent fourteen years in not-for-profit professional and educational theatre administration: Managing Director of Classic Stage Company (New York City), Managing Director of Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk), Marketing Director of the Walnut Street Theatre Company (Philadelphia), and General Manager of the University Theatre, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo). Dan also has spent several years with summer-theatre operations in Michigan, New Hampshire and Minnesota. While in New York City, Dan worked in the Theatre Program Office of FEDAPT (Foundation for the Extension and Development of the American Professional Theatre) and with the Richard Morse Mime Theatre. During the summers of 1994 and 1995, Dan served as Associate Producer of Carnegie Mellon Drama’s Showcase of New Plays.

Dan received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Michigan University and his Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College/City University of New York, under the late Stephen Langley, an early and important scholar, practitioner and teacher of arts management.

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over.  Out on the edge, you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.  I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.”
ooo— Kurt Vonnegut

“Not-for-profit is a tax status, not a business model.”
ooo— Jerry Coltin, Instructor, Master of Arts Management Program, Carnegie Mellon

“Just because you can read the handwriting on the wall, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it was written for you.”
“Just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.”
“Just because there’s no such thing as a free lunch, it doesn’t mean you have to pay.”
“Just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should.”
ooo— Philip Horn, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

“To unpath’d Waters ~ undream’d Shores”
ooo— Shakespeare

“The secret to success in life is to eat what you want and let the food fight it out inside you.”
ooo— Mark Twain

“It’s a great life if you don’t weaken.”
ooo— Stephen Langley

“You can’t go home again, but I guess you can shop there.”
ooo— Tom Jankiewicz, Gross Pointe Blank

“Where do they teach you to talk like this?  Sell crazy someplace else.  We’re all stocked up here.”
ooo— Mark Andrus & James L. Brooks, As Good As It Gets