- Research Program Mentor
MA Master of Arts
Music, Marketing, Communications, Media Studies, Anthropology, Ethnography, Leadership, Administration, and Operations
Analyzing the Cultural and Political Implications of COVID-19 in the Performing Arts
Indefinite change across international industries is imminent at this time of systemic and structural development, after the world was (and continues to be) rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the notable sectors that is ripe for opportunity in this time of change is the non-profit performing arts sector. Questioning what the origins of where non-profit work came from and evolved to become is one of the initial questions a student can begin to uncover. We will move into the social outward actions that performing arts organizations have taken to maintain traditions while also questioning those very traditions in the context of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Students may emerge from this research and analysis with social/programatic pitches to performing arts organizations on how they may best enact development in this time. Whether this pitch is through a paper, presentation, podcast, short film/video series, etc., they will hopefully have added their thoughtful opinion into the modern conversation of an industry that remains a foundational representative of entertainment as we know it.
Adaptive Leadership for Social and Economic Team Building
Ideas of leadership and authority in our modern society have been repeated over centuries. The evolution of these various leadership styles are often seen as tools used in business and organizations to increase and encourage efficiency, but is the idea of 'good' leadership what we actually see being practiced in the field today? In this project, students will differentiate the concepts of technical and adaptive challenges in the context of leadership. They will question the hierarchy of organizational structures, and consider how adaptive takes on leadership may cause more lasting outcomes, while working through the social struggle of core value shifting. Ideally, students will come out of this project with a report on active change that resulted from their adaptive leadership in practice.