Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean, College of Fine Arts; Professor of Arts and Entertainment Management, Heinz College
Prior to his appointment as Dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts, Dan 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. The program 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, as well as applied research and support services through the Arts Management and Technology Lab (AMT Lab), a service devoted to the exploration of computer and information technology in the arts management process.
Dan’s vision and effort built the graduate programs into they are 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 academic community, Dan founded the Center for Arts Management and Technology (AMT Lab’s predecessor). In 2004, he established the MEIM Program, an innovative academic program that includes a year of educational and practical work in Los Angeles, to serve the management education needs of the screen-based creative industries.
Dan has consulted with cultural organizations in strategic planning, information technology, not-for-profit governance and finance management. He has presented workshops and master classes in arts management, organizational structure, information technology, board development and other topics at universities and for arts service organizations in the United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, Austria, Greece and Italy.
Dan also is on the faculty of the Management and Development of Cultural and Artistic Organizations (GIOCA) Program in the School of Economics at the University of Bologna (Italy) and he serves on the advisory board of the Fitzcarraldo Foundation, an arts management training and consulting center in Turin, Italy. Dan served on the faculty of the European Summer Academy for Cultural Management in Salzburg, Austria, and on the advisory or steering committees of several professional and research institutions, including the Center for Arts and Culture and Americans for the Arts.
Dan has authored a number of reports, magazine articles and journal articles on arts management and related issues and is co-author, 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 fall 2008.
Prior to joining the academic community in 1989 as director of the Arts Management Program at The University of Akron, Ohio, Dan spent 14 years in not-for-profit professional and educational theatre administration: Managing Director of CSC Repertory (New York City), Managing Director of Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk), Marketing Director of the Walnut Street Theatre Company (Philadelphia), and Marketing Director/Ticket Office 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 earned his master of fine arts (MFA) in performing arts management at City University of New York under the late Stephen Langley, prominent arts management scholar and practitioner, and considered the “founding dean” of arts management. He earned his undergraduate degree in theatre from Western Michigan University.