Linda Essig was Founding Director of the School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University where she also served as Artistic Director of the school’s MainStage Season from 2004–2010. She previously served as Director of University Theatre and chair of Theatre & Drama at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she directs ASU’s arts entrepreneurship program, Pave. In 2012, Pave launched Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, the first-ever research journal in the field. A professional lighting designer as well as a scholar and arts consultant, Essig’s design for the ASU production of Suzan–Lori Parks’s “Venus” was part of the USA National Exhibit of theatrical design at the Prague Quadrennial in 2007. In addition to her designs for academic theatre, Essig has designed lighting for theatres throughout the country including Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, Missouri Rep, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Skylight Opera, La Mama ETC, Pioneer Theatre, and others. She is the author of numerous articles book chapters on both arts entrepreneurship and lighting, and two books: Lighting and the Design Idea and The Speed of Light: Dialogues on Lighting Design and Technological Change. At ASU, Essig teaches Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship, Arts Management, and Readings in Arts Policy. You can download her full CV here. The opinions expressed on Creative Infrastructure are her own and not those of ASU or its programs.
Linda started this blog to share her thoughts on arts entrepreneurship, arts education, and arts policy, three aspects of the creative infrastructure needed for the arts to flourish. You can follow her on twitter @LindaInPhoenix The site is a work in progress as is all it’s content, so come back and visit again!