Faculty

The MA in Arts Administration boasts a distinguished faculty of scholars and practitioners.  Students in the program benefit from direct contact with exceptional educators from each of Baruch’s three schools as well as extraordinary professionals from the New York City arts administration community.

Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

David MilchDavid Milch, MA Arts Administration Program Director
David Milch joined the Baruch faculty in the fall of 2018 as Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the MA in Arts Administration.  Prior to this, David was the Director of NYIT's graduate program in Leadership in the Arts and Entertainment Industries (LAEI) in association with Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment LLC in Manhattan.  David has an extensive background in performing arts management as well as higher education administration and programming.

Courses taught: FPA 9100 Arts, Culture & the Civic Environment; FPA 9155 Touring and Presenting the Arts.

 

Ethan AngelicaEthan Angelica
Ethan Angelica has been working as an educator and administrator in the culture sector for nearly two decades, focusing primarily on increasing arts reach. Most recently, he was Director of Creative & Consulting at Museum Hack, a startup dedicated to reimagining museum experience for a new audience. He has worked with cultural groups large and small, including the National Park Service, New York Aquarium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California Academy of Sciences, Te Papa Tongarewa in New Zealand and the National Museums of Norway. Ethan is an honors graduate of New York University.

Courses taught: Selected Topics in Audience Development.

Gonzalo CasalsGonzalo Casals, Director, Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York
Gonzalo's experience ranges from innovative cultural programming, authentic engagement strategies, and progressive public policy. As Vice President of Programs and Community Engagement at Friends of the High Line, he led the team in a transformative process that shifted the focus of the organization to equitable cultural practices to impact its surrounding neighborhoods. His tenure as Director of Education and Public Programs at El Museo focused on cultural production as a vehicle to foster empowerment, social capital, and civic participation. Gonzalo was part of the consultant team that led CreateNYC, the New York City’s first comprehensive cultural plan, and was a member of the NYC Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers.

Courses taught: Selected Topics in Museum and Gallery Management.

Solana CSolana Chehtman, Vice President of Public Engagement at the High Line
With 15 years of experience at the intersection of arts, culture, and community engagement, Solana Chehtman is currently the Vice President of Public Engagement at the High Line. She is responsible for envisioning and producing unique, free cultural experiences for New Yorkers on and off the High Line that reflect diverse voices, engage different publics, and initiate dialogue. Throughout her career, Solana has worked with different organizations—nonprofit, for-profit, and in the public sector—both in her country of origin, Argentina, and internationally.

Courses taught: Selected Topics in Museum and Gallery Management.

Jennifer Ifil-Ryan is an educator, activist and artist who has spent the majority of her career dedicated to developing equitable learning environments through the arts, facilitating experiences with young people and their families in museums, classrooms, and out of school settings. She has vast experience conceptualizing, developing and implementing a framework for culturally relevant pedagogy, incorporating multiple learning modalities, language acquisition and social-emotional learning in program design and implementation. 

The foundation of her work is rooted in the belief that social transformation is possible through immersive engagement in the arts. In addition to her role as Deputy Director and Director of Creative Engagement at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum, Jennifer is the founder of Urban Soul Alliance, a non-profit focused on creating socially engaged public art projects with a collective of artists working in a variety of media. She offers training and professional development for teachers, administrators and teaching artists. Jennifer holds an MA from NYU in Visual Arts and Non Profit Management, and serves as an adjunct professor in Art Education and Arts Management with the City University of New York. 

Courses taught: FPA 9130 Managing in Arts Environments. 

Amanda PekoeAmanda Pekoe
Amanda Pekoe holds a BFA in Theatre and MFA in Performing Arts Management. Before starting The Pekoe Group, she worked as Account Executive at HHC Marketing, Vice President of Business Development and Sponsorships at Spiegelworld, and Partner and Director of Business Development and Advertising at Art Meets Commerce. Amanda founded The Pekoe Group, a full-service advertising agency in 2009. She is Co-Vice Chair of the Lincoln Center Theater Angels, a steering committee member of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation Young Benefactors, and former VP of Communications and board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Courses taught: FPA 9140 Marketing the Arts.

Antonia PerezAntonia Perez
Antonia Perez is a mixed-media artist who makes objects and site-related installations from repurposed materials. She conducts socially interactive public art projects calling attention to plastics in the environment. She exhibits and has been a resident artist locally and nationally in museums, recently at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and at the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Working with a wide range of students’ ages and backgrounds, she has been a Teaching Artist, Coach, Mentor, Arts Education Director and Creative Aging consultant over the course of the past 30 years working with numerous non-profit arts organizations, community centers, public schools and public venues.

Courses taught: FPA 9120 Development and Management of Arts Education Programs.

ShelbyKaren Shelby

Karen Shelby is an Associate Professor of Art History at Baruch College, City College of New York. She served as Interim Director or the Graduate Program in Arts Administration for the 2017/2018 academic year. She was a Visiting Professor at the Universiteit Gent for Fall 2015 sponsored by a Fulbright/Terra Foundation of American Art Fellowship, and, in 2017, Visiting Professor at KASK (The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Gent), for a Master class on art and the Great War. She is currently listed on the Fulbright Specialist Roster (2016 - 2021). Dr. Shelby holds an M.A. from The Ohio State University with a concentration in Southeast Asian Art and Architecture and a Ph.D. from the Graduate and University Center of the City College of New York. Learn more here.

Courses taught: Selected Topics in Museum and Gallery Management in Belgium.

Liz StantonLiz Stanton
Liz Stanton is a theatrical development producer with Convergences Theatre Collective. Her award-winning performances and sound designs have been seen (and heard) around the country and in parts of Europe and India. She teaches acting and voice at the New York Film Academy and at New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing. www.lizstanton.com

Courses taught: Selected Topics in Independent Producing.

 

Duncan WebbDuncan Webb
Duncan Webb founded Webb Management Services to provide management consulting services to the arts and cultural industries. The firm has now successfully completed more than 400 consulting assignments for the development of facilities and districts, and for the advancement of cultural organizations. Webb's career in the arts began onstage as a lovesick maiden in a 1969 production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience. After college, he became a banker, spending seven years in commercial lending and international finance. In 1986, after many years of volunteer work in the arts, he came into the field as a producer of experimental, industrial and commercial theatre. Webb is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), and is an active speaker and published writer on arts management and the development, operation and financing of arts facilities. Prior to teaching at Baruch, he was a professor in New York University’s Graduate Program in Performing Arts Administration, where he taught Finance and Planning for the Performing Arts and Principles & Practices of Performing Arts Administration.

Courses taught: FPA 9130 Managing in Arts Environments.

Jeremy WilliamsJeremy Williams
Jeremy Williams creates and produces new theatre, dance and music projects. He is the Producing Director/Founder of Convergences Theatre Collective, an incubator for the research and development of new theatrical works. Williams is a director and choreographer in NYC and nationally. He works to support the field of performing arts through sharing practices of audience engagement as well as by designing and leading learning communities through Jeremy Williams Creative. He is currently the program consultant for Building Demand for the Arts initiative, a national program of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation of theatre, contemporary dance, and jazz artists and organizations. He is a producer for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and The Dance Enthusiast including live and online events. www.Jeremy-Williams.org

Courses taught: Selected Topics in Independent Producing.

Martin Wechsler
From 1996 to 2017, Martin Wechsler was the Director of Programming of The Joyce Theater, a 472-seat theater for dance in New York City. In this capacity, he was responsible for selecting more than 40 dance companies to perform each year, balancing a diverse range of dance genres, styles and countries of origin. In addition to the programming at The Joyce Theater, Mr. Wechsler also programmed the large-scale dance companies that The Joyce Theater presented at Lincoln Center, and he supervised the Joyce programming at smaller scale and outdoor venues. He was responsible for The Joyce’s commissioning and residency programs, which provide dance companies with financial resources, studio time, and technical production support to create new work. Mr. Wechsler is now working as a freelance producer and consultant on various dance projects.

Courses taught: Selected Topics Dance Management.

Graham ParkerGraham Parker joined Universal Music Group as President, Universal Music Classics in July 2016. Parker oversees all the Universal classical labels within the USA including Deutsche Grammophon and Decca, and has established a new label, Decca Gold, as the home to a new roster of American classical artists, ensembles and institutions. Prior to joining Universal, Parker was General Manager of WQXR and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space and a Senior Vice President of New York Public Radio. During the six years in that role, Parker earned a Peabody Award and implemented ambitious initiatives to serve New York's thriving classical music scene. Prior to WQXR, Parker was Executive Director of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Parker holds a BSc (Hons) from Oxford Brookes University. He started his musical training on flute and piano, eventually taking up conducting when he arrived at college.

Courses taught: Selected Topics Music Management.

marlowEugene Marlow

Dr. Eugene Marlow’s professional experience includes an eclectic 45-year background in management, media, the performing arts, and education on an international scale.

As a practicing media professional, Dr. Marlow has accumulated extensive experience in the use of print and electronic media--newspapers, magazines, radio, television, teleconferencing, and the Internet--for internal and external organizational communications, including public relations, advertising, and marketing. Learn more.

Courses taught: Selected Topics Music Management – Jazz.

Marxe School of Public and International Affairs:

Danny BattistaDanny Battista
With a B.A. in Theatre from SUNY New Paltz, Danny Battista co-founded and managed development efforts for an off Broadway company, The Clockwork Theatre.  He earned his M.P.A. and subsequently served as Associate Director of Graduate Admissions at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. After a summer at Albany’s Park Playhouse performing and teaching in a youth theatre program, he returned to NYC to undertake a fellowship with Dr. Lenora Fulani, and to teach Citizenship and Public Affairs and Public and Nonprofit Management at Baruch College.

Courses taught: PAF 9120 Public and Non-profit Management.

Barbara CaressBarbara Caress
Barbara has over 40 years of experience as a non-profit, union and public agency manager, consultant and administrator. Most recently she served as Director of Strategic Policy and Planning for the SEIU Local 32BJ Health, Pension, Legal and Training Funds, which provide benefits to 250,000 people living in seven states where she oversaw a substantial re-design effort dedicated to developing incentives for members to use, and providers to offer, patient centered medical homes and other certified quality providers. She is currently advising a number of clients on local health policy and health benefit design. Ms. Caress has spent many years as a health care consultant working for such clients as the New York City and State Health Departments, the Community Service Society, Local 1199, SEIU, the Freelancers Union and the United Hospital Fund. She is currently a member of NCQA’s Standards Committee, NQF Hospital MAP, and the NYC Primary Care Improvement Project Advisory Board. Author of a wide range of health policy articles, reports and reviews.

Courses taught: PAF 9120 Public and Non-profit Management.

Anni LuneauAnni Luneau has been a professional fundraiser in New York City for twenty years. While her skills are generalist, her favorite areas of development are individual giving and planned giving. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law, obtained with the intent of becoming a nonprofit professional.

Courses taught: PAF 9152 Fund Raising & Grants Administration in Not-for-Profits & Voluntary Organizations.

Edward Sermier
Edward Sermier is a consultant to various nonprofit organizations using models that translate complicated financial information into readily accessible and usable management information for decision making by non-financial executives and board members. He is a part-time Chief Financial Officer at the Nation Institute.

He holds a BS from Manhattan College and MBA from Columbia University.

Courses taught: PAF 9140 Budgeting & Financial Analysis 1.

Zicklin School of Business

Adam RosenAdam Rosen is a partner at the entertainment and media law firm Grubman, Shire, Meiselas & Sacks, P.C. In addition to his representation of talent across all media, he serves as production counsel for numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, assisting producers of live stage projects with underlying rights acquisitions, negotiations with creative team members, drafting of investment documents and securities law compliance. He also regularly advises television and film production companies. Before joining his current firm, Adam practiced commercial litigation and intellectual property law at Bryan Cave LLP and transactional entertainment law at Levine Plotkin & Menin, LLP.  He has acted as a producer for numerous theatre, cabaret and film projects, including performances at venues such as 59E59 Theaters, Theatre Row, Abingdon Theatre Company, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub and 54 Below. Adam is a member of the Theatre and Performing Arts Committee of the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section.

Courses taught: LAW 9109 Law and the Entertainment Business.

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